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Datamation: Doors Still Closed to Open Source Databases

Jul 06, 2001, 22:00 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charlie Garry)

"Through 2005 and beyond, we believe Open Source Databases (OSDBs) will be a non-factor in the database management system (DBMS) market, relegated to non-critical tasks (such as clickstream logging and directories)...."

"To achieve large-scale adoption of OSDBs, IT organizations must be convinced of a solid support environment. In the proprietary world, numerous consulting firms, both large and small, are ready to help an organization. DBMS vendors either offer their own consulting services or partner with certified providers worldwide."

"The same cannot be said of the OSDB market. Several companies have formed to provide support and services around open source databases. Companies such as Great Bridge (PostgreSQL), NuSphere, and AbriaSoft (MySQL) are following in the footsteps of Linux companies like Red Hat. The problem is that no one has proven a business can be profitable and remain viable long term by selling support and services around open source software. In fact, these very organizations are often at the mercy of the informal open source communities that are responsible for bug fixes, features, and release schedules. This uncertainty will further add to a potential customer's angst over adopting an OSDB."

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