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Open Source Databases: Shallow But Widespread

Mar 30, 2008, 12:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen O'Grady)

"With the rare exception, most of the open source database vendors have declined to storm the castle, believing--correctly--that they were not in a position to compete effectively in such markets. Many also accurately anticipated that even if they were technically equivalent, the strategic importance of the software and the attendant risk to changes to it would preclude migrations, wholesale or otherwise.

"At which point, open source database vendors had a choice: pack up the tents and head home, or attempt to capture or create new and emerging markets..."

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