Actian Zen Embedded Database

Zero-maintenance, Embedded, Small Footprint Database

Actian Zen Embedded database is the most reliable, small-footprint, low-maintenance, high-performance database management system (DBMS) in the world. Actian Zen combines NoSQL and relational access for the perfect blend of performance and standard access. Zero DBA design and fantastic backward compatibility mean that ISVs support costs are dramatically reduced.

Actian Zen Embedded database is the perfect solution for software developers and manufacturers delivering business critical applications in low or no IT environments. It is one of the most reliable, low maintenance, high-performance database management systems in the world.

  •   Large Database Features at an Affordable Price: Cost-effective Actian Zen offers full security, encryption, management and monitoring tools, plus a host of other features you would expect to see in a much more expensive DBMS product.
  •   Stability and Reliability: There’s no doubt why the Windows desktop accounting market uses Actian Zen as the database of choice. Actian Zen’s reputation is based on rock solid reliability.
  •   Data Portability: Actian Zen shares a common data type and file format across all Zen database products, so accessing and moving data between an ARM device (like a Raspberry Pi) and Windows or Linux servers requires none of the typical ETL overhead. Just copy files and go.
  •   Ready for Cloud or SaaS: If your application is running on a VM as part of a public, private or hybrid cloud, or if your application is deployed in a way that you don’t want to count or can’t count users, Actian Zen Vx Server has the right license model for you.
  •   Backwards Compatibility: Actian has an over 30-year history of reliable database upgrades. Actian Zen delivers years of backward compatibility, making moves to new versions a snap.
  •   Zero Database Administration: Set it and forget it. Most SMBs don’t have or want a DBA. Actian Zen Embedded database is built for environments where users don’t have the resources to manage a database. We don’t require consultants and don’t need constant DBA supervision. Actian Zen just runs, and runs, and runs.
  •   New Tech with No Changes to Your Application: Actian has an over 30-year history of reliable database upgrades. Actian Zen delivers years of backward compatibility, making moves to new versions a snap.
  •   Backwards Compatibility: Actian Zen enables ISVs to take advantage of new hardware architecture, OS platforms, and computing environments (64-bit, multi-core, VM, Cloud) without application changes. If your customer base is in the tens of thousands, enabling moves to new platforms with no new application code is a game changing advantage.
  • Features include:
    •   VM Live Migration: Enhanced virtual machine licensing provides live migration capability for all currently shipping editions. That makes it easier to manage Actian Zen applications in VMware and Hyper V environments.
    •   Defragmentation: Database files can be defragmented without any engine down time. Reads and writes can operate continuously during defragmentation. Improve application performance without taking Actian Zen databases offline.
    •   Unicode Support: Expanded multilingual support by providing SQL storage for wide-character data. Actian Zen provides access to Btrieve data in the form of new relational types NCHAR, NVARCHAR and NLONGVARCHAR and includes a new ODBC Unicode Interface driver.
    •   NoSQL Access: Actian Zen includes several different SDKs to allow developers direct access to the data without going though a relational layer. This enables very fast access and very quick insert, update and delete performance.
    •   SQL Access: Actian Zen provides both NoSQL and SQL access to a single set of data. For ISVs adding more flexible reporting features, direct access via ODBC, JDBC, and support for ADO.NET and Embarcadero developers means ISVs have a wide range of choices for SQL access.
    •   Customised Installation: Many ISVs building applications for small business users want to hide the complexity of a database from their users. An Actian Zen installation can be hidden in the ISV application (silent install), and the developer can cherry-pick the components needed to eliminate unneeded features or keep footprint to a minimum.