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SearchOpenSource: Dumping Microsoft SQL Server: MySQL, PostgreSQL Attract Big Users

Jul 28, 2006, 12:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Ferguson)

[ Thanks to Jane Walker for this link. ]

"So, you're a Microsoft SQL Server administrator flirting with open source, but you're not sure how far you should go on the first migration? Don't worry, there won't be much peer pressure to go 'all the way.' Look around and you'll find that most businesses making the switch are going only as far as their Web applications.

"'The open source database is no less efficient or reliable [than proprietary options], but unless that is understood by managers or decision makers, it matters little,' said Bob Field, a Phoenix-based database consultant and MySQL fan. 'There may be a slow increase over time, the occasional rogue department that switches over, but it's counter to the corporate culture of volume license deals with large software vendors...'"

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