Very easy to understand, and start, you'll get good performance and stability even with quit big table.
If you are able to define your own table with phpMyadmin you have done half of the job!
We use Joodb for a 25.000 caps collection of sparkling wines, without any problem with the free extension.
We are so satisfied that we have purchased the pro version.
This extension should be better known. If you have this kind of needs, our advice is try it, before!