Open Source Databases

March 5, 2009
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All indications are the next significant growth segment for open source software will be in databases. This follows the trend of open source operating systems (Open Solaris and Linux). Two open source databases of note are Hadoop and MySQL.  Hadoop is not for everyone. It is a very powerful open source software focused on highly scalable distributed computing. It implements the MapReduce distributing computing metaphor in use at some very large computer powerhouses. In general, I don’t believe it will be of immediate use to the average enterprise, it is for the big guys with high end problems.  My recommendation is that all CTOs at least download it at home and try it out just for familiarity (I’m running Hadoop on my home systems now so I can kick the tires and will be writing more about it in coming posts). But I don’t recommend every enterprise everywhere adopt it. MySQL, on the other hand, should be of interest to any enterprise, big or small.  I’m a MySQL user and really enjoy it. I’m not alone in that regard. MySQL has over 11 million installations and is the driver behind most major web technologies today. It is the database for a variety of development platforms including.


All indications are the next significant growth segment for open source software will be in databases. This follows the trend of open source operating systems (Open Solaris and Linux). Two open source databases of note are Hadoop and MySQL.  Hadoop is not for everyone. It is a very powerful open source software focused on highly scalable distributed computing. It implements the MapReduce distributing computing metaphor in use at some very large computer powerhouses. In general, I don’t believe it will be of immediate use to the average enterprise, it is for the big guys with high end problems.  My recommendation is that all CTOs at least download it at home and try it out just for familiarity (I’m running Hadoop on my home systems now so I can kick the tires and will be writing more about it in coming posts). But I don’t recommend every enterprise everywhere adopt it. MySQL, on the other hand, should be of interest to any enterprise, big or small.  I’m a MySQL user and really enjoy it. I’m not alone in that regard. MySQL has over 11 million installations and is the driver behind most major web technologies today. It is the database for a variety of development platforms including…

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