TYPO3 v7 has reached its end-of-life November 30th, 2018 and is not maintained by the community anymore. Looking for a stable version? Use the version switch on the top left.
There is no further ELTS support. It is recommended that you upgrade your project and use a supported version of TYPO3.
TYPO3 CMS relies on storing its data in a Relational database management system (RDBMS). It works out of the box with MySQL. It is known to work fine with MySQL forks like MariaDB, although they are not officially supported.
as a database abstraction layer, handling all calls to the database.
It can be overridden to work with another RDBMS. The "dbal" system
extension does just this, providing support for Microsoft SQL Server,
Oracle and PostgreSQL. It may work with other RDBMS, but without
Activating "dbal" does cause a performance penalty, due to query interpretation and table mapping overhead.