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NetFlash: The open source database trend

Mar 17, 20043 mins

The notion of basing critical business work on an open source database might have been unthinkable just a couple years ago. But things are changing rapidly.

One of the biggest improvements will occur next month when MySQL ships its open source database with clustering support. Basically the product will let users cluster the MySQL database across various hardware and software platforms, including the Linux, Windows, and Solaris operating platforms and Intel and Sparc hardware. Most observers say this will be one of the breakthroughs that truly make open source databases take off.

As we noted in a recent Special Focus ( there is other evidence these databases are gaining poplar acceptance.  Among them:

* Use of MySQL grew over 30% in 2003, according a database survey by Evans Data Corp. In the same period, use of Microsoft SQL Server and Access grew just 6%.

* PostgreSQL 7.5, due out around June, will run on Win32 platforms for the first time, offer a passel of performance improvements, partition data more efficiently, and may include support for two-phase commit, which is vital for transaction processing.

If you have any experiences you’d like to share about these databases let me know.

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