Why Pay for Your Database?

October 28, 2002

[From NewsFactor Network]

Despite the availability of open source databases that can be downloaded for free or purchased cheaply with documentation and support, most enterprises choose to spend big bucks on the big guns -- Oracle's 9i or IBM's DB2 -- for mission-critical applications.

They do so mainly because the more expensive databases offer more features and functionality, particularly for the large stores of information that are fundamental to big business. "There are a few open source databases out there," Aberdeen Group research director Bill Claybrook told NewsFactor. "[But] if you look at the functionality between MySQL and Oracle 9i, there are some big differences."

This special report from the NewsFactor Network discusses pros and cons of the two database approaches.

The complete article is available at http://www.newsfactor.com/perl/story/19752.html.

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