Open Source Databases Have Come of Age
Sep 28, 2010, 18:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Benjamin)
"Client/server systems with SQL interfaces jockey for position
against upstart NoSQL systems with intimidating (and exciting) new
models for data representation, distribution and consistency. In
addition, more than a dozen embedded and special purpose databases
have grown up to serve the needs of applications too small or too
agile to require a full RDBMS.
"When the Internet and World Wide Web finally went mainstream in
the mid-1990s, new Unix-like operating systems running on PCs went
"Developers working on these systems had access to a wide range
of development tools, but these platforms didn't initially offer
anything like the mature, SQL-based and 4GL-based database
frameworks common on traditional platforms of the time; commercial
database vendors were in no hurry to remedy this situation.
Ironically, several commercial RDBMS products were originally based
on open source code developed by Michael Stonebraker's Ingres
project at Berkeley."