Open-Source Databases Win New Converts
Developers are warming up to the quicker-paced, less costly open-source alternatives to large-scale database offerings.Rapid commoditization of databases is sparking momentum for open-source database vendors, such as MySQL AB, among others, to firmly establish notoriety for quicker-paced, less costly alternatives to large-scale database offerings. Experts say developers are showing a growing comfort level toward open-source database tools, primarily due to the proliferation of Linux combined with liberal licensing terms and relative deployment ease for non-back-office applications. "It wouldnt surprise me to see that 2004 will be when we move into the early-adopter phase of open-source databases," said analyst Charles Garry, of Meta Group Inc., in Stamford, Conn. "I get calls now [from customers], not Should I use an open-source database, but instead its Should I use PostgreSQL or MySQL?"
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