Open Source DBs Up Enterprise Appeal 2

Highly anticipated releases of the top two open source databases, PostgreSQL 8.0 and MySQL 5.0b, are expected this month. -- Also: Get Smart and Trendspotting
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Highly anticipated releases of the top two open source databases, PostgreSQL 8.0 and MySQL 5.0b, are expected this month.

PostgreSQL will no longer need to emulate a Unix environment in order to run on Windows, because the 8.0 release includes native Windows support, which improves performance and stability.

MySQL 5.0 should be available as a beta release at the end of January and will include features that increase its value to the enterprise: triggers, stored procedures and views. MySQL also recently released graphical tools, the MySQL Query Browser and MySQL Administrator, which are intended to ease development, administration and use.

Forrester Research released a report last month that is optimistic about the future of open source databases in the enterprise. Improvements in security, availability, integration, automation and unstructured data management will make these low-cost platforms even more attractive for enterprise applications, says Forrester analyst Noel Yuhanna, who predicts 30 percent of enterprises will use open source databases in production by 2008. More than 52 percent of large companies Forrester polled already use or plan to use MySQL.