Software // Information Management
07:07 PM
Connect Directly

Open Source Databases Often Adopted For New Apps

Open source databases are being adopted for use with interactive Web apps, small portals, RFID applications, and other new workloads in the enterprise.

Few open source databases are displacing commercial Oracle, SQL Server, or DB2 systems, but they are being adopted for use with new, interactive Web applications, small portals, RFID applications, and other new workloads in the enterprise.

Noel Yuhanna, database analyst with Forrester Research, said these uses are increasing the adoption of open source databases and increasing the size of the market from $850 million this year to $1.2 billion by 2010. Open source databases, which are freely downloadable, produce revenue from users who pay for training, technical support, consulting, or a commercial version of the product.

Another way to measure annual open source database revenue is to note it still falls short of the price that Sun Microsystems paid to acquire one of the systems, MySQL AB, which it bought last February for $1 billion. Other open source databases are Ingres, the embedded system; BerkeleyDB, now owned by Oracle but still open source code; PostgreSQL, which finds its way into products from EnterpriseDB and Greenplum; and Derby, an Apache Software Foundation database project. MySQL is the most popular and is used by such Web heavyweights as eBay, Travelocity, and Google.

"Open source databases have come a long way in delivering reliable, robust; and secure database platforms. Forrester estimates that 80% of application requirements can be met using only 25% of the features and functionality that closed source commercial databases offer," wrote Yuhanna in a July 17 "Market Update" report. Open source database functionality can meet the needs of 80% of existing business applications, he added.

A key ingredient of the current uptake of open source database for new applications is their maturity, he added.

"Some customers are running mission-critical transactional deployments with over three terabytes of data on open source databases, while others are running very large workloads that support hundreds and thousands of concurrent users," he noted.

MySQL in particular has built out a thriving ecosystem around the core database, with partners and independent software vendors making use of MySQL in vertical applications, he wrote.

But in many cases, it is impractical to replace an existing commercial system with an open source database. The commercial systems have proprietary characteristics, such as Oracle's PL/SQL extensions to the SQL data access language, or T-SQL in Microsoft's SQL Server. A considerable investment in rewriting stored procedures, applications, and queries has to accompany a conversion effort, he noted.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Agile Archive
The Agile Archive
When it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest August 03, 2015
The networking industry agrees that software-defined networking is the way of the future. So where are all the deployments? We take a look at where SDN is being deployed and what's getting in the way of deployments.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Everyone wants a well-educated, successful workforce but just how do you get one? And what, precisely, do you think you can do with it? To answer those and other questions, George Colombo had a conversation with Elliott Masie, head of The MASIE Center, a Saratoga Springs, NY think tank focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.