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Developer(s)Altibase Corporation
Initial release2000 (2000)
Stable release
v7. / March 22, 2021; 9 months ago (2021-03-22)[1]
Operating systemAIX, HP-UX, Linux
Available inEnglish
TypeDatabase Management System

ALTIBASE is a hybrid database, relational open source database management system manufactured by Altibase Corporation. The software comes with a hybrid architecture which allows it to access both memory-resident and disk-resident tables using single interface. It supports both synchronous and asynchronous replication and offers real-time ACID compliance. Support is also offered for a variety of SQL standards and programming languages. Other important capabilities include data import and export, data encryption for security, multiple data access command sets, materialized view and temporary tables, and others.[2]


From 1991 through 1997 the Mr.RT project was an in-memory database research project, conducted by the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute a government-funded research organization in South Korea.[3] Altibase was incorporated in 1999.[3]


The first version, called Spiner, was released in 2000 for commercial use. It took half of the in-memory DBMS market share in South Korea.[4]

In 2002 the second version was released renamed to Altibase v2.0. By 2003, Altibase v3.0 was released[5] and it entered the Chinese market.[6] Released version 4.0 with hybrid architecture, combining RAM and disk databases, was released in 2004.[7]

In 2005 Altibase began working with Chinese telecommunications providers for billing systems,[8] and Taiwanese financial companies for home trading systems.[9] The software was certified by the Telecommunications Technology Association.[10] The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs gave it an award in 2006.[11] Offices in China and United States opened in 2009.[12]

In 2011, version 5.5.1 was renamed it to HDB (for "hybrid database"). The Altibase Data Stream product for complex event processing was renamed DSM.[13] The product received a Korean technology award.[14] Altibase introduced certification services.[15] In 2012, HDB Zeta and Extreme were announced, and DSM renamed to CEP[16]

In 2013, yet another variant called XDB was announced,[17] and the company received ISO/IEC 20000 certification.[18] In 2018, Altibase went open source.

Altibase went open source in February, 2018.


According to marketing research, Altibase had 650 customers and thousands of installations.[19]

Altibase's clients in the telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing, and utilities sectors include Bloomberg, LG U+, E*TRADE, HP, UAT Inc., SK Telecom, KT Corporation (formerly Korea Telecom), Hyundai Securities, Samsung Electronics, Shinhan Bank, Woori Bank, The South Korean Ministry of Defense, G-Market, and Chung-Ang University.[20][21]

Altibase users in Japan include FX Prime, a foreign exchange services company, and Retela Crea Securities.[22][23]

In China, the three major telecommunications companies, China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, utilize ALTIBASE HDB in 29 of 31 Chinese provinces.[24]

Altibase HDB[edit]


ALTIBASE is a so-called "hybrid DBMS", meaning that it simultaneously supports access to both memory-resident and disk-resident tables via a single interface.[2] It is compatible with Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Linux, and Windows. It supports the complete SQL standard, features Multiversion concurrency control (MVCC), implements Fuzzy and Ping-Pong Checkpointing for periodically backing up memory-resident data, and ships with Replication and Database Link functionality.[2]


Altibase acquired an in-memory database engine from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute in February 2000, and commercialized the database in October of the same year.[25] In 2001, Altibase changed the name of the in-memory database product from "Spiner" to "Altibase" in 2001.[26] In 2004, Altibase integrated the in-memory database with a disk-resident database to create a hybrid DBMS, released version 4.0 and renamed it as ALTIBASE HDB.[12][27] Altibase released version 5.5.1 and 6.1.1 in 2012, version 6.3.1 in November 2013, and 6.5.1 in May 2015.[28] Altibase claims that this is the world's first hybrid DBMS[citation needed].

Tools and Utilities[edit]

Adapter for Oracle
For copying data that have been modified in ALTIBASE HDB to an Oracle database.[29]
A tool for resolving replication conflicts[30]
For monitoring the database server process and executing a script if it has terminated[31]
For downloading and uploading table data. Typically used during database migration tasks.[32]
A command-line utility for executing SQL statements[33]
Migration Center
A GUI tool for migrating data from other database products to ALTIBASE HDB[34]
Replication Manager
A GUI tool for simplifying replication management tasks[35]
A utility that detects node failures in a distributed database environment and enables the DBA to counter failures.[36]
Hadoop Connector
A utility that enables the efficient transfer of data between Apache Hadoop and ALTIBASE servers. It also allows ALTIBASE to handle data management and Hadoop to handle data analysis.[37]

Application Development Interfaces[edit]

ALTIBASE HDB includes the following application development interfaces:[38]

ODBC (Open Database Connectivity)
For connecting to ALTIBASE HDB via JDBC
For integrating PHP pages with ALTIBASE HDB via ODBC
A Perl DBD (Database Driver)
.NET Data Provider
For connecting to ALTIBASE HDB via applications based on the Microsoft .NET Framework
OLE DB Driver
For connecting to ALTIBASE HDB via the OLE DB interface
X/Open XA Interface
For integrating ALTIBASE HDB in a distributed transaction environment
iLoader API
An API for the bundled iLoader utility
CheckServer API
An API for the bundled CheckServer utility


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