What is a Enterprise Grade Database?

Altibase is a high performance, enterprise grade database management system (DBMS). But what exactly does enterprise grade mean?

Enterprise customers are almost always the most discerning customers. For mission-critical applications, mere minutes of downtime can translate into millions of dollars in losses. While small startups are often willing to assume some risks by adopting the latest and sometimes unproven technologies, enterprises tend to take a much more calculated approach to adoption. Enterprise grade clients demand the following:

  • High quality standards and stability
  • High quality documentation and 24/7 technical support availability
  • Strong functionality and ability to interoperate with other systems
  • Ability to scale effectively with demanding and/or very large workloads
  • Robust disaster recovery and high availability features
  • Demonstrated track record of success and quality reference customers
  • Experience with Fortune 500 clients

For these reasons, many database companies find it difficult to penetrate the enterprise database market. For example, it is impossible to deny that the value proposition of open source databases is an enormous advantage over legacy systems. Thousands of companies have undertaken projects to migrate from legacy systems such as Oracle over to alternatives such as MySQL, Postgres, etc. And many of them have done so successfully with tremendous cost savings. But with such obvious cost savings, why haven’t more enterprises switched over entirely to open source databases? The reality is that the vast majority of enterprises are unwilling to risk their most mission-critical systems on open source products with questionable support. Open source database adoption at major enterprises is almost entirely solely for non-mission-critical systems. The cost savings do not always justify the downtime or compliance risks. Also, the ability to interoperate with other core systems is also a significant cause for concern.

This situation has left enterprises without any attractive and/or viable options for decades. Stay with legacy databases and pay exorbitant costs for stability, accountability and support? Or switch to open source databases and take the risk of being hung out to dry during a disaster situation?

Now, there is a third option. Altibase is already one of the premier database providers in Asia, and is now beginning to make aggressive inroads in the global market. Unlike most of its open source competitors, Altibase has over 16 years of experience providing enterprise grade technical support to some Fortune 500 companies. Companies with mission-critical systems need the security and peace of mind provided by strict SLAs, technical support availability, and responsiveness. Unfortunately, most open source companies simply do not have the resources or the experience to deliver on this front. In contrast, Altibase has an established list of enterprise reference customers. Korea’s three largest telecommunications providers (SK Telecom, Korea Telecom, and LG U+) all utilize Altibase to power their most critical systems. In addition, the largest telecommunications providers in the world by market capitalization (China Mobile and China Unicom) are also loyal customers of Altibase. With other strong reference customers like E*Trade, Hyundai, and Samsung, it is no wonder that Altibase is one of the fastest growing database providers in the world.


  • Altibase has over 16 years of experience providing in-memory and hybrid DBMS solutions to enterprise clients.
  • Altibase provides and adheres to strict technical SLAs to guarantee peace of mind and accountability to our discerning customers.
  • Altibase has the highest customer satisfaction scores in the DBMS industry.
  • Altibase is the dominant in-memory database (IMDB) vendor in the APAC region.
  • Altibase has an impressive reference customer base including Samsung, Hyundai, China Mobile, E*Trade, etc. (see the full list here)
  • Many of our competitors have questionable stability, untested support procedures and/or unknown reference customers with trivial use cases.