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Feb 14, 2001, 07:51 (7 Talkback[s])
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"Is using an open source database in important applications too risky? Many corporations think so. They are afraid to take the risk, because they have heard open source databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL are weak in the areas of support, features and reliability. Those fears are unfounded, says Mark S. Cotton, vice president of consulting for Great Bridge, LLC, a Norfolk, Virginia-based company that specializes in providing services for its own distribution of PostgreSQL. In fact, Great Bridge is preparing for a full-fledged assault on proprietary vendors' dominance of the database market, he said. In this question and answer interview, Cotton describes Great Bridge's support offerings and points out that PostgreSQL is becoming a more viable alternative to traditional options."

"What do you think are the main barriers to corporate adoption of open source databases?"

"Cotton:
The biggest barriers that I see right now are probably education and getting exposure on a very high level corporate basis. Until now, open source databases have been introduced in departments. Businesses that need to run critical applications have been leery of going to open source because of questions such as whether they have support or not, and who they go to in case they have a problem. There's a wealth of developers in the community that can solve individual issues, but companies want to go one-stop shopping. They want to go someplace that will give them the infrastructure support so that if they have a problem, they can get it solved quickly."

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