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Products for Data Infrastructure

Actian PSQL is the perfect solution for packaged business applications. It is one of the most reliable, low maintenance, high-performance database management systems in the world. Actian PSQL v12 offers important new features: Online Defragmentation, VM live migration support for all editions, improved Unicode support and an updated PSQL installer. Need an advanced PSQL reporting solution or the perfect start for analytics? PSQL v12 Server and PSQL Vx Server 12 both include a license for the Actian Analytics Platform for PSQL. The three editions of PSQL meet a wide range of business needs: PSQL Workgroup (1-5 users), PSQL Server (6-500 users) or PSQL Vx (unlimited users, licensed for SaaS).

What's New in PSQL v12?
  • Defragmentation - PSQL v12 database files can be defragmented without any engine down time. Reads and writes can operate continuously during defragmentation. The Defragmenter GUI will detect data files in use and can analyse fragmentation levels of files, allowing users to focus on the biggest problems first. The online defragmentation feature can be launched from PCC.
  • Enhanced VM Licensing - VM live migration capabilities have now been expanded to PSQL v12 Server and Workgroup editions. This means that a virtual machine with PSQL v12 Server or PSQL v12 Workgroup can be migrated without invalidating the PSQL v12 license.
  • Simplified PSQL Vx Licensing - The PSQL v12 Vx Server edition no longer requires Internet connectivity for operational use, once the product is authorised.
  • PSQL Unicode Support - PSQL v12 expands its multilingual support by providing SQL storage for wide-character data. With PSQL v12, the SQL layer provides access to Btrieve data in the form of new relational types NCHAR, NVARCHAR and NLONGVARCHAR. PSQL v12 also includes a new ODBC Unicode Interface driver for applications with wide-character data.
  • Installer Update - The PSQL v12 installation package will detect the OS bitness and automatically determine the bitness of the PSQL components that need to be installed. If the OS is 64-bit, PSQL will install 64-bit components and all 32-bit components that have no corresponding 64-bit versions. If the OS is 32-bit, PSQL will install all 32-bit components.

Comprehensive Integration and Data Management

Powerful and easy-to-use, our products deliver increased ROI … greater business flexibility and competitiveness … enhanced revenue opportunities … improved accountability for investments … and a lower total cost of ownership, helping to speed "time to value."

Built for Growing Organisations

Pervasive understands the diverse data requirements of growing organisations. That is why they offer comprehensive data infrastructure software built specifically for you and your customers, regardless of size or information needs.

Pervasive products are designed and built from the ground up to deliver flexible, value-based solutions that respect the specific budgetary and resource concerns of all organisations.

At the same time, Pervasive products offer enterprise-level functionality to help organisations quickly and fully integrate disparate systems and connect them to applications, data, people, and business partners.

Make Your Job Easier

Whether you are an IT developer looking for an integration project solution or an application developer seeking an embeddable solution, Pervasive offers a full range of versatile, software products:


Actian PSQL v12 Competitive Advantages

Large Database Features at an Affordable Price: Cost-effective PSQL offers full security, encryption, management and monitoring tools, plus a host of other features you would expect to see in much more expensive DBMS products.

Stability and Reliability: There’s no doubt why the Windows desktop accounting market uses PSQL as the database of choice. PSQL’s solid reputation is based on rock solid reliability.

Backwards Compatibility: Actian has over a 30-year history of delivering reliable database upgrades. PSQL delivers years of backward compatibility making moves to new versions a snap.

What we mean by Zero DBA

Set it and forget it. Most small and midsized businesses don’t have a DBA. Or an IT department. Actian PSQL is built specifically for environments where users don’t have the resources or the inclination to manage a database. Actian PSQL installations are simple, quick and can be completely hidden from the end user. We don’t require consultants and don’t need constant DBA supervision. Actian PSQL just runs, and runs, and runs.


Key Benefits:

  • Defragment PSQL files and improve application performance without taking PSQL applications offline
  • Live migration capability for all PSQL v12 editions means easy management of PSQL applications in VMware and HyperV
  • Dramatically increase reporting performance and get started on BI and analytics
  • Easier globalisation of PSQL applications
  • Simpler installs on 64- and 32-bit platforms
  • No ongoing Internet connection required for PSQL Vx makes it more suitable for secure environments
  • Backward compatibility with multiple previous versions. No application changes needed to upgrade


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PSQL Vx Server

New in Actian PSQL Vx Server 12
  • Unlimited Session Counts - PSQL Vx Server 12 is licensed based on the amount of data in use only. Unlimited users, unlimited cores (on one machine), unlimited devices.
  • No More Ongoing Internet Connection - PSQL Vx Server 12 requires an Internet connection only once - during initial product authorisation. After that - you're good to go.
  • Online Defragmenter - Brand new feature for v12 that allows you to defrag live PSQL files.
  • Actian Analytics Platform for PSQL - PSQL Vx Server 12 purchases include a license for AAP for PSQL.  Ready to offload some of your challenging reporting problems? Moving into BI or analytics? Check this out.
  • Unicode Support - PSQL v12 includes new data types and ODBC driver to make it easier to internationalise your PSQL application.

Actian (Pervasive) PSQL Vx is the hypervisor friendly edition of Actian PSQL. Running your PSQL database application on a virtual machine with your favorite hypervisor from VMware, Microsoft or Citrix is now very, very simple to do.

Why is PSQL Vx Server important?

Customers are moving to virtual machines at an increasing rate, and virtualization is a fundamental component of running software in the Cloud, either for hosting or just shifting IT infrastructure. Pervasive PSQL Vx will help you get there.

What are the key features of PSQL Vx Server?

  • Live migration support. Now PSQL engines running on VM's can move easily from one physical machine or appliance to another. Pervasive PSQL Vx Server enables hypervisor initiated automated moves of VM's across physical machines.
  • Failover and high availability support. When a hypervisor is alerted to a potential failure of a physical machine, it automatically moves the VM to another server. Pervasive PSQL Vx Server's updated licensing process works in synch with the hypervisor operation, making sure failovers take place without a hitch.
  • Simplified license validation. Pervasive PSQL Vx Server product key authorisation requires only VM hostname and all VM NIC MAC addresses remain unchanged. This is what makes support for live migration possible. A single product key can be used on any operating system supported by Pervasive PSQL Vx Server (Windows, Linux, Mac OS, 32- or 64-bit). Changing operating systems has never been easier.
  • VM and Cloud-Centric Pricing. With Pervasive PSQL Vx Server, there is no need to count users or CPU's. Pervasive PSQL Vx Server license pricing is based on how much work the database engine can do - a combination of concurrent sessions and data in use.
  • Improved backup. A license for Pervasive Backup Agent and the Backup Agent executable are included with each purchase of Pervasive PSQL Vx Server. For Windows users, Pervasive PSQL Vx Server supports Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) full backup and full copy. The combination of VSS support and Backup Agent will make it much easier to automate backups of live Pervasive PSQL Vx Server databases.
  • Expanded hypervisor support. Pervasive PSQL Vx includes support for hypervisors from VMware, Microsoft and Citrix.
  • Application compatibility. Pervasive PSQL applications will run with no changes on Pervasive PSQL Vx Server.
  • PSQL Vx Server Datasheet

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AuditMaster tracks access at the database level, providing an audit trail, alert notification and reporting.

  • Data Access Security and Accountability
  • Monitor and Log Database Activity
  • User Defined Alerts for Database Events

Whether the goal is reducing the risk of misuse and minimising the effects of fraud or meeting increased expectations for security and privacy, businesses need to know what's happening with their data.
Detailed Audit Trail - AuditMaster logs database events such as user ID, network station ID, time and date of operation, application, database and table type, and before and after transaction images for all record updates.

Query and Alert Capability - Users can query audit trail data and create alerts customised to business rules. AuditMaster can generate alerts in the form of email, calls to applications, or executables.

Support Diagnosis and Data Recovery - Review database events to determine how applications got into problem state and undo changes as needed to get the customer back in business quickly.

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Data Where You Need It

Pervasive DataExchange offers targeted solutions to data movement and synchronisation problems like real-time backup and data synchronisation.  

Real-Time Backup
Mission-critical data is a high-value, time-sensitive corporate asset. Protecting this data from disasters, ranging from major floods to minor water pipe breaks, requires copying fresh data to a secure location.

The Pervasive DataExchange Real-Time Backup Edition replicates data from a production server to a backup server. If a system fails, clients can be redirected to the up-to-date backup. With DataExchange, data loss and down time due to system crashes, hardware failures, or site disasters are eliminated.

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Backup Agent

Pervasive Backup Agent works with third-party backup software to ensure accurate, reliable point-in-time recovery for partial or complete backups.

Backup Live PSQL Databases
Pervasive Backup Agent simplifies backing up a Pervasive PSQL database with live applications. Backup Agent automatically handles all of the complex housekeeping tasks to be performed during a backup when the database is open. Backup Agent ensures integrity and consistency.

Simple to Install and Use

Launch Backup Agent in one of three ways:

  • Through the Backup Agent GUI
  • Scripted from a command line
  • Embedded in an application

Works with Existing Backup Software
Backup Agent works alongside your existing backup software such as Veritas Backup Exec, CA BrightStor ARCserve Backup, EMC Insignia Retrospect, and NovaBACKUP. Backup Agent automatically keeps all open files safe without manual updates to file lists.

Backup Agent works with existing  backup solutions to backup live Pervasive PSQL databases to a variety of hardware devices.

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Btrieve and Actian PSQL: One and the same.

If you are looking for more information about the Btrieve® Database Manager, you have arrived at the right place. Since 1982 (when our founders at SoftCraft first built and marketed Btrieve), Actian has been dedicated to providing world-class data-management systems to developers building business-critical applications.

Btrieve is Back! Introducing Btrieve 12

Btrieve is BACK! PSQL Engineering has delivered an up-to-date, supported on Windows 10 (and most other Microsoft supported OS's), ready to run your application, Btrieve 6.15 replacement. Actian is making Btrieve 12 available to customers who are currently shipping or running applications on Btrieve 6.15. If you have been looking for a database engine that works with your application and is supported on the latest Windows OS platforms, look no further.

Here are the highlights:

  • Btrieve 6.15 Compatible - Btrieve 12 is file format and API compatible with Btrieve 6.15. Your Btrieve 6.15 application can run with no changes on Btrieve 12.
  • Current Windows OS Support - Support for all of the latest Windows operating systems, including Windows 10.
  • New Features - Btrieve 12 includes many new features: Auto reconnect, Btrieve Control Center, wire encryption, online help and documentation, updated utilities and a lot more.
  • New Licensing - Btrieve 12 is licensed with a Limited Distribution License (LDL). A Btrieve 12 LDL allows the holder to create and deploy licenses for 1000 users.
  • Introductory Pricing – Special introductory pricing for a Btrieve 12 Limited Distribution License.
  • Available Now!

Btrieve 12 Downloads and Documentation

Migrating Btrieve to PSQL: It's Really Easy.

If you have a Btrieve application, it's really simple to migrate to PSQL. All file formats from Btrieve 6.15 and later are supported in PSQL, so testing your application is as simple as downloading a trial version, installing the database and then testing the application. And if you are running prior versions of Btrieve, there's even a step by step guide in the whitepaper Upgrading Btrieve 6.15 to Actian PSQL to help you rebuild your files.  

Some great reasons to migrate to PSQL are:  

  • Your application will run on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
  • Native 64-bit platform support
  • Support for multi-core
  • VM and Hypervisor support
  • Improved Security

In the tradition of Btrieve, each successive release of PSQL drives down total-cost-of-ownership. Dynamic settings, troubleshooting utilities and high reliability combine to keep the low total-cost-of-ownership, not only in initial purchase costs, but also in terms of deployment and ongoing maintenance. Learn more about why Actian PSQL is A Great Low IT Database.

Interested in support for your Btrieve database? Visit the Pervasive.com Support portal for information on support policies and options.

More questions?  Read the Btrieve FAQ.


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