Why Pay for Your Database?

News Factor: Despite the availability of open source databases that can be downloaded for free or purchased cheaply with documentation and support, most enterprises choose to spend big bucks on the big guns — Oracle’s 9i or IBM’s DB2 — for mission-critical applications. But Oracle’s databases can cost as much as $60,000 for a single license. Therefore, smaller businesses and companies with less complex database needs increasingly are turning to open source offerings. (full story)
My spin:For sure!!! I’ve used Gossamer-Threads Dbman and Intuit’s Quickbase for some time now. These databases are much less robust than what this article is referring to but there’s a lot of “free” or low cost database tools available.
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