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The Open Source Database Front

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Procurement people like competitive markets. And I think the database market definitely qualifies with open source alternatives like MySQL continuing to chip away at their closed source competitors.

The eCommerceTimes issued a nice article recently (Open Source Impacts Overall Database Software Market) summarizing the recent market share analyses from IDC and Gartner. Open source alternatives posted an impressive 47% growth, whereas Microsoft, the cheapest of the closed source vendors, posted 17%.

I'll quickly add that open source database revenue is paltry compared to market giants like Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft. But still, it seems likely open source will force these giants to adapt how they develop and sell their software. With Oracle buying SleepyCat (BerkeleyDB) and InnoDB (the ONLY MySQL table type supporting transaction integrity), open source is already, and quite seriously, on their radar.

Open source database alternatives offer much lower upfront costs (down to 0 license of course), and typically cost less to support & run. So using revenue as a barometer of market share & of how successful open source databases are becoming can be misleading. A more interesting "share" measure to watch will be the % of total production installations. What happens when open source databases are also the most common?

Here are a few more articles worth skimming:

"Open Source Soaks Database Market",

"Open source software storms database charts",

"Open source shapes up as rival to Oracle", CNet


Written by Dave Stephens

06/8/06 7:43 AM at 7:43 am

Posted in Opinion

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  1. Our decision to go with Open Source products (MySQL) was pretty much driven by costs. The point to note is TCO. Whilst it sounds free, when TCO is considered, open source software is not free. e.g. OpenCRM is free, but you only have one option with them. i.e. to let them host it, for which they charge – is this open source? I question. Linux is free. But the version we wanted was not. So we opted for Sun Solaris 10 – which is free. Question again, would you go with a corporate who provides software free or would you stick you neck out for the open source movement. End of the day, it is a commercial decision.

    I do not know how true this is. But Oracle (we are a partner) told me that when TCO is considered, Oracle is cheaper than MySQL. The belief is there that Oracle got the best database.

    Got to go. I will hopefully be a regular reader..Keep up the good work

    Regards, Manoj


    06/8/06 9:51 AM at 9:51 am

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