Analysts are telling companies committed to open source software that the time is right to consider an open source database server. Vendors like MySQL and SleepyCat are adding more enterprise-class functionality to the software, and that could eventually threaten the hold Oracle, IBM and Microsoft have on the market.
Noel Yuhanna, a senior analyst for Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research, Inc., said most enterprises are now looking for alternatives to database products supplied by the big three -- Oracle, Microsoft and IBM.
"What's interesting is that open source databases were perceived to be supporting only small non-critical data applications, but I think that is changing,"'' Yuhanna said.
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