"Big companies are warming up to open-source database software,
according to a new study.
"The open-source database MySQL grew rapidly in popularity over
the last year, according to results from a survey released Monday
by research company Evans Data. Usage of MySQL for developing
applications rose 30 percent over the past year, while usage of
Microsoft's SQL Server and Access databases increased 6 percent,
according to the survey of 550 developers conducted last month.
"Overall, Microsoft's products continue to dominate the database
development market. But open-source software's price and its
ability to integrate with other software mesh well with the
priorities of application developers, said Evans Data analyst Joe
McKendrick. Programmers often select a single database for both
application development and deployment..."