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Six free databases with commercial-quality features

Microsoft, Oracle offer impressive free versions of their commercial offerings, but MariaDB wins our test

By Susan Perschke, Network World
December 03, 2012 12:08 AM ET

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Conclusion

Bottom line, all the products we reviewed are very capable database servers and selecting one will depend on a variety of factors such as existing infrastructure and scripting language, size of the data to be stored/retrieved, whether the database is to be embedded, and how much vendor support is needed. Once you've selected a candidate, be sure to follow the best practices recommended by the vendor to secure the product, together with the host OS, before it is used in a production environment.

Perschke is CSO for Arc Seven Technology. She is also an experienced technical writer, and has written numerous white papers for a number of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies. Susan can be reached at susan@arcseven.com.

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