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NewsForge: Firebird Targets the Enterprise Database

Dec 02, 2004, 20:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul N. Richter)

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"Last fall Allan Grant was very upset following a meeting with his database vendor. Grant is the CIO of a large trading group with over $1 billion in sales. The database vendor had just completed a license audit and had concluded that the maximum allowed number of concurrent users had been exceeded by one for a three-minute interval during the week-long audit. Also the vendor had concluded that Grant's setup should henceforth be regarded as a 'multiplexing' setup, even though it had not changed since the previous audit. To overcome both issues the vendor was proposing a new licensing agreement which would more than quadruple the total license cost.

"A few years ago, Grant would have had little choice but to defer to the practices of his current vendor. Today he has an alternative, in the form of open source database systems. MySQL, well-known as a database for serving Web pages, has set out a roadmap that will bring enterprise features to the product during the next few years..."

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