Firebird is faster than filesystem for blob storage!: This is encouraging. Storing files as BLOBs would simplify many scenarios, especially in the content management world.
What I believe is pretty interesting is how writing to a Firebird database (which stores small files saving disk space since it only uses one single file!) is actually faster than dumping the same content to disk!!
Of course, there are a number of situations where high-perf software (including SCM) can benefit from using a FS instead of a database, but blob storage (with Firebird :-P) is not one of them…
I still remember sitting in a SQL Server training course nine years ago and learning about BLOBs. I was excited, thinking of all the things I could do…and then the instructor repeated the party line, “But this isn’t recommended. Instead, store the file path in the database, and the file on disk.” I was deflated.
It’s good to hear that someone is bucking that trend and saying something good about BLOB storage for once.