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Amazon Urges Proprietary Database Customers To Migrate
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danielcawrey
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10/9/2015 | 12:21:34 PM
Re: How likely is it that Oracle, SQL Server customers will budge?
A lot of companies are moving over to Amazon. And as a result Amazon has some clout to try to get companies off of proprietary databases such as Oracle. 

Now that I think about this, the pressure from cloud providers like Amazon explains why Oracle has long tried to portray a "cloud" model when in fact that's still mostly about buying hardware from them. Interesting. 
Somedude8
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10/9/2015 | 10:21:28 AM
Re: How likely is it that Oracle, SQ Server customers will budge?
Its not just converting the schema, its migrating the data and converting all the queries in applications that consume that data. Small but dramatic differences in dialects can be a killer. Earlier this year, I migrated an Enterprise client from MS SQL to MySQL (on AWS ironically enough). Converting the schema and migrating the data was maybe 30% of the work. The rest was changing queries in code and testing the applications.

Not for the feint of heart or the slim wallet!
Michelle
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10/8/2015 | 9:06:24 PM
Re: How likely is it that Oracle, SQ Server customers will budge?
I think the offer might be enticing to plenty of proprietary database users. They'll probably be familiar with AWS. The trouble might be with the conversion service's age. Proprietary users may choose to wait a bit to see how others fair with conversion. 
Charlie Babcock
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10/8/2015 | 6:41:00 PM
How likely is it that Oracle, SQL Server customers will budge?
Alternatives to proprietary databases have been available for years and their users haven't budged. They trust the software, even if they're uncomfortable with the amount it costs them. The thing that's different about Amazon's bid for their buiness is the schema conversion. AWS will do it for free to enable the migration. But will proprietary database users trust a free service?


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