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SearchEnterpriseLinux: NuSphere pushes MySQL closer to enterprise

Jan 10, 2001, 07:37 (2 Talkback[s])
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"An open source database called MySQL is quickly emerging as a cheap, yet highly functional, alternative to proprietary databases offered by major vendors such as Oracle and Informix. Yet, many in the IT world are still unaware of exactly what MySQL is and how it compares to other existing database technologies. D. Britt Johnston, the chief technology officer of NuSphere, a Massachusetts company that sells its own MySQL version, helps shed some light on the technology in this interview...."

"How do the features of MySQL and open source databases compare to those of proprietary databases?"

"Johnston:
If you look at the lifetime of MySQL, it's really a "post-Web" database. Its feature set has been molded by the requirements of the Web. If you look at a lot of proprietary databases, a large amount of their feature sets has been molded by trying to compete with other databases."

"Is it true that proprietary databases have a lot of features that people typically don't need?"

"Johnston:
They have an awful lot of features for feature's sake, and it's not necessarily that those features are used by a vast majority of their particular customers. So MySQL tends to be focused more tightly on what people need to be able to build dynamic and high performance Web sites and less focused on the minutiae that typically come out the head-to-head battle that Oracle and Microsoft are going through."

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