Microsoft wont go there
Just why is open source so important to both IBM and Oracle? Because its one place where Microsoft cant compete. As pointed out to me recently by Mike Schiff, an analyst at Sterling, Va.-based Current Analysis, besides having such glowing testimonials coming from the open-source community, IBM also has a release that runs on all platforms that support Linux, including the AS/400.Of course, besides open-source and clustering, Stinger is all about automation and manageability, as all major databases releases are nowadays, including Oracle Database 10g and the upcoming SQL Server 2005 release. According to Carl Olofson, Research Director with IDC, of Framingham, Mass., theres a good reason to this industry-wide phenomenon of simplifying the care and feeding of databases. He told me recently that its just that database administrators are getting harder to find and more expensive. The costs of deploying and maintaining databasesas customers want to doare becoming prohibitive because of the number of staff it all requires. That work reality is bad for software vendors, of course, since it inhibits the number and size of databases customers can buy. Nowadays, we need systems that run themselves. Its a direction all the database vendors must go in if they want to be successful. Its no longer just small to midsize businesses that lack IT staff who can twist database knobsits also large enterprises that are being squeezed. The DBAs are being squeezed too, Olofson pointed out. "Ive talked to many who are frustrated by having too much of their time taken up re-indexing tables, and doing unloads and reloads, and managing database space allocation, which is really boring," he said. IBM wants Stinger to be the open-source database of choice. Oracle wants 10g running all the Linux. And both want to be cluster kings. What do DBAs want? They want to be designing new databases. They want to work with the development team to do next-generation applications. They want to be freed from drudgery. The battle over grid and open-source hearts and minds will likely be a long one with no clear outcome, but at least we can anticipate that DBAs will benefit from Stinger, and thats what really matters at the end of the day. Please register for TalkBack below and tell me and other readers what you think, or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. eWEEK.com Database Center Editor Lisa Vaas has written about enterprise applications since 1997. Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at http://database.eweek.com for the latest database news, views and analysis. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com database news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
Now, I havent seen recent IDC numbers on who rules the database world, but Schiffs guess is that Oracles still king of the market when it comes to the pure relational database numbers. What happens when you throw the mainframe into the mix? Its IBM all the way, Schiff opined.