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Multi-gig databases in Java DB? You Betcha

Posted by davidvc on February 26, 2007 at 3:46 PM PST

Working in NetBeans, I have noticed that Java DB is incredibly solid:
it Just Works. It starts quickly, it runs well, it does everything you need it to do.

But in some ways I think this can actually mislead people into thinking
"well, it's so small and easy to use, it must be just a developer
database." Sometimes I wonder, maybe if Java DB required a big installation and
lots of set up, people might tend to think it's a Real Database.
You know, like all those other Enterprisey tools -- it must be enterprise ready, because it's so complicated
and "rich" in functionality.

So I thought
this email
from Nurullah Akkaya on the derby-user list
was quite telling. Nurullah switched from Oracle to
Derby to handle a cluster of servers, each with its own instance
of Derby running embedded and inserting a million rows a day.
Each database instance is 20GB and growing. And he says that
his system performance increased significantly after doing the
switch. You can't do this with "just a developer database."