Long time fans of Gallery Server may recall that versions earlier than 2.5 supported SQLite as a database option. At the time it was a great choice because it was a file-based database that was robust, fast, required no extra software on the server, and required no maintenance. The only real downsides were that we had to distribute both a 32-bit and 64-bit version, and it ran only in Full Trust environments (no worky on GoDaddy).
When Microsoft released SQL CE 4, we realized it would solve both of these issues, so in 2.5 we dropped SQLite support and moved to SQL CE. Overall it’s been a great move – it just “works” and people who use it almost never have to interact with the underlying database.
But it came with a price. It is slow. So slow that customers who use SQL Server often see a 20-fold increase in database performance. If you’re running any moderately […]