Open-source database advantages

November 25, 2003

MySQL is an open source relational database management system.

Linux is overtaking sales of established proprietary operating systems, Apache is dominant in web servers, and languages such as Perl and Python are used everywhere. But is the world ready for open source databases? Not yet, said Meta Group - corporate users will not give them houseroom for at least another five years.

However, systems such as MySQL, PostgreSQL and Interbase are beginning to infiltrate companies with low budgets, or those where IT staff are given free rein.

Meta's objection, that "no supplier has stepped up to support an open source database", is starting to crumble. Since September, a commercially licensed version of MySQL has shipped with Netware 6.5, and Novell is providing technical support, overcoming another corporate reservation.

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