"Many enterprise software users and vendors have made
significant commitments to open source technologies. Projects such
as the Linux operating system, Apache Web server, and the Perl
programming language, have proven themselves as viable alternatives
to equivalent commercial offerings. But what about the tools used
to hold core information assets? Are open source databases ready
for the enterprise?
"Until recently, databases have been a relative unknown amongst
open source software. However, the increasing adoption of open
source database technology by well-known multinational
organisations has led to more enterprise recognition and hence
"There are many open source databases with different features of
which MySQL and PostgreSQL are the best known..."