Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Actian offers the closed-source Btrieve key-value DBMS, Ingres and PSQL RDBMS, and Versant object DBMS. Very few Ingres customers responded to Gartner’s reference survey; on average, it had been in production 12 years in their shops. Reported database size and transaction rates were quite low, but overall performance rated above average. Actian Ingres meets requirements for traditional transaction use cases, but falls short for distributed variable data, HTAP and lightweight events and observations. Ingres significantly exceeds requirements for atomicity, consistency, isolation and durability (ACID) support. It received low ratings for tunable consistency and multimodel support; in the latter case Actian’s portfolio is better described as polyglot — with a single interface for multiple separate engines.
Actian reports that only 12% of its customers use Ingres version 10.2, released in 2014, although surveyed reference customers rated the migration experiences “less complex than expected.” Ingres received good survey scores on the frequency of problems encountered, although customers indicated difficulties integrating it with other DBMSs, despite the availability of Actian’s DataCloud and DataConnect offerings. Customers reported low numbers of outages of two days or more, but shorter-term outages were significantly more frequent than the mean. However, high availability/disaster recovery capabilities rated well. Support and professional services scores were low, and security was rated average (except for low scores for encryption).