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CRN.com: Great Bridge Counts On Database As Killer Linux App

Apr 14, 2001, 21:57 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Rooney)

"One enterprising company is betting that the database is destined to be the killer application for open source Linux."

"Going up against big-name vendors such as Oracle, IBM and Microsoft is no laughing matter. But Great Bridge, which entered the commercial database market last December, maintains that its low-cost, powerful PostgreSQL offering, combined with its services and support business model, will appeal to small to midsize businesses."

"The database has high-level capabilities such as multiversion concurrency and no lock contention. Other open-source databases, such as MySQL and Interbase, are available for download at little or no cost. Great Bridge, however, says it is pushing harder into commercial markets than those competitors."

"Like Linux distributors Red Hat and Caldera, Great Bridge essentially gives away its open-source database application at little cost but charges for service and support. And while market leader Oracle has taken a liking to the Linux database market over the past year, Great Bridge executives say their licensing costs for the software, service andsupport still represent a huge cost savings forcustomers."

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