The table below is a side-by-side comparison of the four distributable versions of InterBase and the Developer Edition.
|Features||Developer Edition||Embedded IBLite||Embedded IBToGo||Desktop Edition||Server Edition|
|Available for deployment|
|Zero-install, embedded database as a library, just link to access database|
|Concurrent applications/client access to the database|
|New in InterBase 2020! Tablespace support|
|New in InterBase 2020! Embedded InterBase available for Android 64-bit and macOS 64-bit|
|Remote secure over the wire communication via SSL|
|Database and column level encryption – AES (strong) and DES (weak)||DES||AES + DES||AES + DES||AES + DES|
|Encryption of the database backup file|
|Journaling with Write Ahead Logging (WAL) for better VLDB management and OLTP performance|
|Journal Archiving for disaster recovery|
|Point-in-time-recovery of data, with database restoration based on timestamp for greater recovery flexibility between physical backups|
|SQL based connection monitoring support|
|Maximum Simultaneous Users Available||20||1||1||1||Depends on License|
|Maximum number of CPU Cores||8||1||4||4||32|
|Maximum number of connections per user||4||1||8||8||4|
|Simultaneous transactions per connection||Unlimited||1||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Supported platforms for server/embedded editions||Windows, Linux||Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android||Window, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android 1||Windows||Windows, Linux|
|Supported client platforms for server editions||Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, macOS||Windows, Linux, iOS, macOS, Android|
|Available connectivity drivers from RAD Studio (FireDAC and IBX)|
|Other connectivity drivers: ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET, PHP+, Ruby+|
|Command line tools for development, administration and validation|
|GUI tool, IBConsole on Windows|
+ Drivers not included as part of the product
1 IBToGo mobile deployment requires a VAR agreement
InterBase Server and InterBase Desktop
If you have multiple users and devices that need to connect to the same data, then InterBase Server is the best choice for the core of your architecture. InterBase Server runs on both Windows and Linux, giving you the flexibility of connecting many different types of devices to the same database.
Many software vendors choose InterBase because it easily scales up to hundreds of concurrent connections. Since it runs equally well on a low-end laptop as it does on a commercial-grade server, it’s a highly flexible solution to accommodate your varying customer demands and mix of resources.
InterBase Desktop has the same core as InterBase Server, except that the license permits only local database connections. As your demand grows, you can easily upgrade InterBase Desktop to a network-ready solution with InterBase Server.
InterBase ToGo and IBLite
InterBase ToGo is an option for those looking to add data storage to their applications – locally or by connecting to a remote InterBase Server.
InterBase ToGo is an excellent choice for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS applications that need to move data storage offline to:
- enable offline capabilities for enterprise solutions
- reduce network traffic
- lower data movement costs
With InterBase ToGo, you can also benefit from:
- Running stand-alone, encrypted data storage
- Removing the need to install client drivers
InterBase ToGo and IBLite both contain the same libraries for the InterBase deeply embeddable database engine. So when you’re ready, it’s incredibly easy to upgrade from IBLite to InterBase ToGo by simply replacing the license file!
InterBase Deployment – Installed / Embedded / Deeply Embedded?
Installing InterBase takes only a few minutes. Both InterBase Server and Desktop are installable through a stand-alone installer. Or you can silently embed either version into your own installer.
InterBase ToGo and IBLite do not require an installer since the InterBase kernel is deeply embedded inside your application during development – simply by linking to the InterBase libraries.