Separately, MySQL later this month will introduce new graphical database management and server administration tools at LinuxWorld in New York. The company will unveil at the show a partnership with Zend Technologies Ltd. that is aimed at the Hypertext Preprocessor space. Experts say that sooner or later, major commercial database vendors will have to address users growing appetite for open-source database technology.Tim Crider, a programmer for SubscriberBase, in Columbia, S.C., has used MySQL for eight years. Crider said most commercial databases cannot match the tight data format, replication and scaling capabilities that open source affords. "Should something arise [with open source] you have a problem with, you can [correct] it yourself or hire a developer to do it," said Crider. "Thats not the same answer with Microsoft or Oracle [Corp.]. ... Youre just locked into whatever version youre using."
That point was driven home last week in a Database Development Survey by Evans Data Corp., in Santa Cruz, Calif. The survey, which measured the responses of nearly 550 developers, found that MySQL usage grew by 30 percent in 2003. In contrast, the survey showed that Microsoft Corp.s SQL Server and Access each grew by only 6 percent.