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Actian – Zen Embedded Database



Actian X – Zen Embedded Database

Zero-maintenance, Embedded, Nano-footprint

Actian Zen database is the best-in-class single, secure, scalable architecture for Edge Data Management.  It’s the perfect solution for software developers who want dedicated application data management and deliver business-critical products and services into OT and low IT environments.

Enterprise-class features and security

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 Independent Software Vendors embed or bundle Actian Zen Enterprise Server database for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS in their mission critical applications. Actian Zen’s reputation is based on rock solid reliability.

Zero-ETL 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 (e.g. a Raspberry Pi) and Windows or Linux servers requires none of the typical ETL overhead. Just copy files and go.

Cloud Ready

If your application is running on a VM as part of a Cloud or your application is deployed in a way that you don’t want to count or can’t count users, Actian Zen Cloud Server has the right data management features, functionality, and license model for you.

Innovation yet Backwards Compatibility

Actian has an over 30-year history of innovation while still providing reliable backward compatibility with PSQL or anything written to be 100% SQL compliant, making moves to new versions a snap.

Zero Database Administration

Set it and forget it. Most ISVs and Enterprise software deployed to branch, field or small business environments don’t want end-users to know there’s a database let alone have or want a DBA. Actian Zen is built for environments where users don’t have the resources to manage a database. Zen runs without end-user interaction, notice, or DBA supervision.

Multi-platform Support without Application Code Changes

Actian Zen enables ISVs to take advantage of new hardware architecture, OS platforms, and computing environments (e.g. 64-bit, Mobile, IoT, Cloud) without application changes. If your customer base numbers in the thousands, the Zen database family enables you to move to new platforms without code modifications.


Cloud Migration, Pooling, and HA

Actian Zen Cloud Server provides live migration capability for prior PSQL instances and takes full advantage of hypervisor capabilities in VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Citrix XenServer environments for failover, high availability, paravirtualization, resource scheduling and disaster recovery.


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 directly from C/C++, Java, C#, PHP, perl, and Python. This enables very fast access and very quick insert, update and delete performance as code executing within the application.

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.

Customized Installation

Many ISVs building applications for small business users, remote field environments, or to the Internet of Things 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.

Actian Zen Editions

Zen Cloud Server database

20GB to Unlimited Capacity-based
Cloud-ready version of Actian Zen Enterprise Server. Ideal for ISVs or large enterprises with in-house software development that want the option of deploying in the Cloud or on-Premise, in a data center or out on a single server in a remote field environment, as multi-tenant SaaS offering to 1000s of branch offices or SME/SMB customers.

Zen Enterprise Server for Windows, Linux, Mac OS

6 – 500 Concurrent Users 
Purpose-built for embedding in and bundling with Intelligent Applications that require localized or distributed Client/Server database configuration deployed in mid-sized branch offices, store-fronts, and remote field deployments across distributed large enterprise or to 100s to 1000s of small and medium sized enterprises.

Zen Edge Server for Mobile and IoT

1-10 Concurrent Users
Reduced footprint yet full-featured database for Raspbian Linux distributions and Windows IoT Core Server. Ideal embedded solution for mobile and IoT developers working with low cost commodity hardware like Raspberry Pi and other single board computers in complex instrumentation and heavy machinery, intelligent networks, smart vehicles, and IoT Gateways.

Zen Workgroup for Windows Server

1-5 Concurrent Users
On-premise version of Zen Enterprise Server for Small businesses and branch offices or embedded use cases, such as medical devices, heavy machinery, etc. that need a full featured x86 or x64 Windows environment for multiple application, client-server database support.

Zen Core for Android and iOS

Dedicated Single Application Embedded Database
2MB footprint yet full-featured database, directly embeds in your application through a simple NoSQL API that runs on most Operating Systems and is callable from all popular programming languages. Ideal for application developers who want dedicated app data management for on smartphones, PDAs, and  IoT devices running iOS, Android, Android Things or any POSIX-compliant Linux version.

Add-On Software


Provides a secure audit trail with a comprehensive logging system that captures the full range of events in your database and stores database records before and after changes occur, whether the transactions originate from third-party applications or from direct changes to data.

Backup Agent

Set and manage Continuous Operations on your open database files so that your data is still available from your application during your backup. Once the backup procedure is complete, stopping Backup Agent automatically takes the files out of Continuous Operations and rolls in all the changes captured during the backup.


Meets your most important data replication needs. DataExchange Real-Time Backup Edition manages remote backup of key application data to reduce disaster-related downtime. DataExchange Data Synchronization Edition maintains a consistent set of data across multiple applications.

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