Firebird encryption plugin and sources of client application

IBSurgeon has released the complete trial kit for Firebird encryption, which includes fully functional time-limited AES256 encryption plugin and demo application (in Delphi) to demonstrate how to connect to the encrypted database.

The trial kit is designed for the following:
1) Easy performance testing of the existing databases with the encryption: you can encrypt database on the server and test your existing applications without changing them.
2) Implement client-side security: there is a simple example of Delphi application (sources included) which demonstrates how to send the key from the client to the server.
Download Firebird encryption plugin and example of a client application.

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How to protect Firebird databases from ransomware?

Ransomware attacks became the serious problem for many companies: during the last week, we had 3 incidents from different customers which had their Firebird databases encrypted by ransomware viruses. Luckily we were able to help all of them, but the scale of the problem definitely increases.

Read new article: https://ib-aid.com/en/articles/how-to-protect-firebird-databases-from-ransomware/

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Read “Firebird Hardware Guide” to effectively choose hardware

You can often see the following question in Firebird technical support groups: “What is the hardware of choice for the Firebird DBMS?”. This topic remains permanently popular because hardware requirements differ by tasks and hardware itself changes with time.

We in IBSurgeon decided to write Firebird Hardware guide in order to provide the necessary knowledge to anyone who wants to choose truly effective hardware for their Firebird database. To do it, you will have to learn some basic details on how Firebird, the operating system and, of course, hardware functions.
http://ib-aid.com/en/articles/firebird-hardware-guide/

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Unofficial installer of Firebird 3.0 Release Candidate 1 is available for download!

Are you looking forward to try Firebird 3.0 Release Candidate, and can’t wait for the official release? Download Firebird 3 Unofficial Installer and get Firebird 3.0 RC1 now.
http://firebird3.com/en/download-firebird-3/
If you want to install Firebird 3 as the second instance (and keep existing installation of Firebird 2.5 intact), you can specify another port and instance name for Firebird 3, and use both instances simultenaously.
Watch this video to and follow its steps to install Firebird 3 together with your Firebird 2.x:

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IBSurgeon FirstAID 4: new version of FirebirdSQL recovery tool

IBFirstAID 4.0IBSurgeon is glad to announce version 4 of FirstAID: an ultimate recovery tool for Firebird and InterBase databases.

FirstAID 4.0 introduces the new level of recovery rate – up to 95% of corrupted databases can be fixed. Also, as usual, FirstAID 4.0 allows free and full preview of data in the corrupted database. And, FirstAID highlights problematic tables with corrupted metadata and suggest when to use external metadata mechanism to achieve better results.

We recommend users of previous versions (1.x-2.x) upgrade to FirstAID 4, and offer special discounted upgrade to FirstAID for 100 databases for the price of 50 databases upgrade:

Get FirstAID 100 databases for the price of 50 now!

More details and download of FirstAID 4.0: http://ib-aid.com/en/ibsurgeon-firstaid/

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Firebird Big Databases: Seminar in Moscow

Firebird Project and IBSurgeon invite Firebird administrators and developers to «Firebird Big Databases» seminar (in Russian). Seminar will take place in Moscow, Russia, October 21, 2015.
Main speakers at seminar are Dmitry Yemanov, lead FirebirdSQL developer, Dmitry Kuzmenko, IBSurgeon and Alexey Kovyazin, IBSurgeon.

The seminar will cover topics of Firebird performance optimization and maintenance of big Firebird databases (>500Gb).

Seminars in Europe are planned, but not yet announced, please stay tuned.

More details and registration is at http://ibase.ru/firebirdtour2016.html (in Russian only).

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FBDataGuard 3.3

IBSurgeon is glad to announce the new version of Firebird monitoring, backups and anticorruption tool – FBDataGuard 3.3, which introduces new features and several bugfixes.

Now FBDataGuard monitors lock table and deadlock parameters, which are very important for a good performance for Firebird Classic and SuperClassic architectures. FBDataGuard also gives intelligent suggestions how to change appropriate Firebird configuration parameters to fix encountered problems.

FBDataGuard 3.3 is free for all existing FBDataGuard users, and EUR149/server for new licenses. For companies with many installations of Firebird we offer an ISV unlimited subscription for EUR990/year: an ability to install as many FBDataGuards as needed.
Download FBDataGuard 3.3.

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Firebird 2015 Tour: SQL Optimization

We invite all Firebird developers and administrators to 1-day seminars in the frames of Firebird 2015 Tour. Firebird 2015 Tour is devoted to the SQL performance optimization: SQL plans, queries and database statistics, queries tuning techniques, etc.

Firebird 2015 Tour is organized by IBSurgeon and IBPhoenix, with support of Firebird Developers core team.

Locations and dates of Firebird 2015 Tour (see details in the appropriate sections below):

  • April 24 – Seligenstadt, Germany
  • May 19 – Prague, Czech Republic
  • June 5 – Moscow, Russia

Read more details about Firebird 2015 Tour here: www.firebirdsql.org/en/firebird-tour-2015/

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