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SearchEnterpriseLinux.com: Linux database battle heats up

Feb 06, 2001, 20:08 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Traditional developers of proprietary software are mapping a strategy to dominate the growing Linux database market, once the sole domain of open-source vendors. But open-source database developers are fighting back with improved capabilities and an emphasis on support that they hope will bring their databases into the corporate world."

"Oracle Corp., IBM Corp., Sybase Inc. and Informix Inc. are counting on their already-solid reputations in the proprietary world to spur adoption of their Linux offerings. The tendency to stay away from untried technologies will block the adoption of open source databases by the Fortune 500 for years, said Ann Harrison, president of IBPhoenix, Manchester, Mass., which supports InterBase."

"Open source databases can't compete with the commercial databases in all categories," said Michael "Monty" Widenius, co-founder and main author of MySQL, Hensingfors, Finland. "We do, however, compete in many of the strategic categories and, as the products expand, we will start to compete in the categories that have traditionally been reserved for the commercial databases," he said. Solutions are in the works to address some of these areas. NuSphere, for example, plans to unveil Gemini, which will add online transaction capabilities to MySQL's database."

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