IBM positions database to "take out" Oracle and Open Source

IBM is today expected to release a near-ready version of its latest database server, code-named Viper, a product designed to snatch market share from rival Oracle and fend off open source challengers. Bob Picciano said "Viper is really aimed at taking [Oracle] out of the market," noting that about 40 per cent of the world's data is in an XML format. He added that DB2 Express-C is helping IBM to maintain customers using open source databases.

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Battle over software patents heats up again

Florian Mueller said a new anti-software patents campaign is currently being driven by a deadline Friday for companies to submit answers to the EU on the future of the European patent system; the deadline is focusing the issue once again. Coupled with the RIM Blackberry case was a recent magazine interview in which Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer hinted that the company could institute patent litigation against open source firms, said Mueller.

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The return of the VAX cluster

iSCSI is making network shared storage an increasingly popular choice in the midmarket. A $15K device can offer 2.5TB shared storage to 6 servers. Now that looks remarkably like the architecture of the VAX clusters of old. Perhaps it is time to resurrect the Firebird VAX clustering code.

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Ingres jumps into the fray

Dave Dargo, CTO of Ingres, has its own opinion on what it all means. In his view, Oracle is scaring customers away from open source systems that can be acquired, towards systems that cannot be acquired. Firebird is a prime example of the latter. Curiously, Ingres is an example of the former.

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Business factors in OSS database companies

Andrew Hudson has a review of open source database companies over on OSNews. "IBPhoenix employs 6 people, grossed $50k its first year, and has nearly doubled revenue each year since. Beach formed InterBase Software to commercialize the existing and mature code base that Borland had taken open source after several years of closed source development. Borland continues to sell InterBase as a closed source product. InterBase is a relatively small company but it is profitable, it has a solid international presence, and it is growing rapidly."

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MySQL declines to comment on engine strategy

Computer Business Review writes: MySQL did not respond to a request for comment by press time but last week stated that it continues to negotiate with Oracle on an extension to the existing MySQL/InnoDB relationship, is working “internally and with partners on a number of alternative transactional engines” and plans “to provide more details about our storage engine strategy and roadmap at the MySQL users conference in April.”

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