Evolving Database Market

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-04-16 Print this article Print

"I think there is a sea change in the database market," Widenius told eWEEK.com. "Were serving a market that was really not being served previously. Theres a portion of the market that is commoditized, and thats what were focused on serving—bringing databases to the masses. "The database market has changed dramatically over the past 10 years, and it continues to change," Widenius continued. "The days are over when most companies created their own, homegrown database solutions. Now, they are instead regarding databases as a commodity and buying, using them as such.
"Databases are also moving to new areas where they were not used before—home entertainment systems, PDAs, consumer devices, etc. The database market is also changing because databases are becoming less expensive and easier to use, which also helps to enlarge the user base."
Analysts think MySQLs dead-set on breaking into the enterprise. Click here to get their take on MySQL Cluster. According to Forresters report, titled "Open Source Moves into the Mainstream," databases and data marts are not only popular as open-source products; theyre also the second-most-common workload to run on top of open-source platforms, with 47 percent of respondents claiming that theyre now running such a configuration.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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