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LinuxWorld: Open source databases

Jun 03, 2000, 14:39 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Cook)

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"Performance comparable to commercial databases -- and prices 100 percent lower."

"There are at least two dozen open source relational database management systems (RDBMSs) available for Linux, plus a number of components for building your own. They range from full-featured, full-power systems that rival the market leaders in features and performance, to small, specialized databases designed for specific jobs, such as Web serving. Some are one-person labors of love. Some are the results of years of intensive work by development teams scattered around the world. Some are the products of commercial enterprises that have seen the open source light."

"All this is wonderful, but are they really being used -- or are they even useful?"

"The answer to both questions is "yes," though a lot more resoundingly so to the first question than the second. While Linux itself and open source projects like the Apache Web server have made major inroads into the enterprise, open source databases are hardly a blip on anyone's radar screen. Even enterprises that have no qualms about using Linux or deploying Apache Web servers often hesitate when it comes to an open source RDBMS."

"The problem is apparently a combination of uncertainty about the capabilities of open source products and fear of inadequate support. Perhaps the best way to sum the situation up is to say that there isn't the sort of comfort with open source databases that there is with other open source products."

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