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NewsFactor: Why Pay for Your Database?

Oct 23, 2002, 20:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"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.'

"Specifically, Claybrook said that Oracle and IBM's DB2 together command between 60 and 65 percent of the database market because they provide fast access to data and features like rollback, locking mechanisms and concurrency control mechanisms, which prevent users from entering duplicate information. The downside: Oracle's databases can cost as much as US$60,000 for a single license..."

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