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Private, Open source
IndustryEnterprise Software
GenreDatabase Management System
FoundedNovember 26, 1999 (1999-11-26)
  • Altibase
ServicesIn-Memory Database & Hybrid Database

Altibase is an open source relational database. Its creator is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea and New York, the US. Altibase scales vertically and horizontally. The company has offices in South Korea, United States and China.

Altibase is enterprise grade. Since 1999, Altibase has served over 600 enterprise clients including 8 Fortune Global 500 companies. Its major clients include Samsung, HP, Hyundai, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, E*TRADE, Toshiba Medical and various world-renowned finance companies. Altibase has been deployed in over 6000 use cases in industries ranging from telecommunications, finance, manufacturing and public service.

Altibase is an in-memory database. Since 1999, Altibase has pioneered the in-memory database space. Altibase has helped its clients with high performing database technologies that are mandatory for extremely demanding use cases such as billing and authentication for mega telecom companies and other applications for manufacturing and finance companies with very high throughput requirements.

Altibase is a hybrid database. Altibase was the first company in the world to develop and commercialize a hybrid database back in 2005. Altibase's hybrid architecture allows for utilization of memory tables for high performance and disk tables for economical storage in a single unified engine. As a result, data can be stored and manipulated in main memory alone, on physical disk alone or a combination of both. Consequently, Altibase eliminates the need to purchase an in-memory database and an on-disk database separately.

Altibase is relational and ACID and SQL compliant. Thus, Altibase can replace or interoperate with Oracle and other legacy databases. In addition, migration from other legacy databases to Altibase is exponentially less complex.

Altibase is currently among a very small subset of relational databases that provide sharding. In 2014, Altibase developed its scale-out technology, sharding. Since then, it has been adopted by various multi-national companies. Altibase's sharding is unique in that it is designed to allow for linear performance enhancement with almost no coordinator-related bottlenecks no matter how many servers are added. Another significant advantage of Altibase’s sharding is that it does not require any changes to existing applications in order to implement Altibase if users' systems are built on relational databases. Consequently, existing DBAs will find it easy to learn, adopt and administrate Altibase when they opt to scale out their systems with Altibase.[1]


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.[2] Altibase was incorporated in 1999.[2]


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.[3]

In 2002 the second version was released renamed to Altibase v2.0. By 2003, Altibase v3.0 was released[4] and it entered the Chinese market.[5] Released version 4.0 with hybrid architecture, combining RAM and disk databases, was released in 2004.[6]

In 2005 Altibase began working with Chinese telecommunications providers for billing systems,[7] and Twainese financial companies for home trading systems.[8] The software was certified by the Telecommunications Technology Association.[9] The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs gave it an award in 2006.[10] Offices in China and United States opened in 2009.[11]

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.[12] The product received a Korean technology award.[13] Altibase introduced certification services.[14] In 2012, HDB Zeta and Extreme were announced, and DSM renamed to CEP[15]

In 2013, yet another variant called XDB was announced,[16] and the company received ISO/IEC 20000 certification.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19][20]

Altibase users in Japan include FX Prime, a foreign exchange services company, and Retela Crea Securities.[21][22]

In China, the three major telecommunications companies, China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, utilize ALTIBASE HDB in 29 of 31 Chinese provinces.[23]


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