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LinuxStockNews: Linux and Database Management (June 26, 2000)

Jun 26, 2000, 14:12 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Consider the immense volumes of data and storage that are used by companies throughout the world, and you can see how important it is to manage that information in a database form. The database, software containing the data points, is usually a smaller part of the whole Database Management System (DBMS). The majority of DBMS coordinate retrieval and storage of data, configuration, security and integrity of the database. When looking at open source databases, one can readily find numerous independent components for data management, but with heavyweights such as Oracle (NASD: ORCL) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) continuing to throw their support behind Linux, the commercialization of Linux-based DBMS opens up investment opportunities. The basic concepts behind DBMS are relatively simple, however, managing data in a large organization requires a comprehensive set of tools."

"Gartner Group's Dataquest analysts predict the worldwide database industry to reach $12.7 billion by 2004. This market will be driven by Internet-related applications, electronic commerce, content management, integrated business intelligence, and new mobile consumer and business applications. Currently there are about two-dozen open source relational database management systems (RDBMS) for Linux. The popularity and demand for Linux RDBMS's are weak. Even enterprises that have no hesitation about using Linux, often defer when it comes to open source RDBMS. The reason is a combination of uncertainty about the capabilities of open source products and fear of inadequate support. It is hard to find the same confidence in open source databases as it is with other open source products. Despite all this there is an emerging feeling that open source database products are good enough and allow organizations to have all the functionality of a relational database at the lowest possible cost. As a result of this, open source databases are becoming a growing phenomenon."

"From a corporate standpoint, most of the large database software firms have ported their products to Linux. Powerful database management applications are a necessary cornerstone for an operating system to succeed in corporate environments."

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