Open Source Going Strong Despite SCO Suits - Page 2

"One of the goals I have for MySQL is that it should be everywhere—geographically, in all kinds of devices and with all kinds of applications," he said. "This means that we must have a flexible design, and it should be easy to configure a MySQL server to work in a lot of different environments. The handheld is just one such environment.

"The challenge with a handheld is that the database should not take up a lot of memory, and it should be trivial to move data into and out from the handheld. Its a technical challenge to do this in a portable, efficient and easy-to-use way.

"I bought a little video/MP3 player that I took with me on the plane from Finland to Orlando, and even if its a very nice toy, I was missing an embedded relational database in it, as the device would then be so much easier to use—and thus more useful for me."

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Experts say the momentum to adopt open-source databases is being fueled by commoditization of databases, as vendors such as MySQL offer low-cost, feature-lean versions of pricier databases.

In addition, the company this week released its MySQL Cluster database technology—a move that analysts say sends a clear message that the open-source database maker is intent on cracking the enterprise.

Next page: The commoditized market is bringing databases to the masses, Widenius says.