Why Pay for a Database? – Firebird related

As open-source databases have grown in popularity among large enterprises and small and midsize businesses alike, many CIOs have taken a closer look at the savings associated with switching to these noncommercial alternatives.

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Borland planning to sell IDE product lines

Take from the InterBase.General newsgroup:

Today, Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 1am Pacific Time, Borland announced plans to seek a buyer for our IDE product lines that include Delphi,C++Builder, C#Builder, JBuilder (and Peloton), InterBase, JDataStore, nDataStore, Kylix, and our older Borland and Turbo language products and tools.

Read the news release at the Borland website

The full post as written in the Borland newsgroups:

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Open Source vs. the Database Vendors – on slashdot

“BusinessWeek has another spread on open source this week. Among them is an article about open source vs. the database vendors which focused on how businesses are looking to save money with open source (rather than using the source to innovate). From the article:
“The databases work fine, but as data volume grows, so do the checks to Oracle, IBM, or Microsoft. Many users aren’t clamoring for more features, and some don’t even use the bells and whistles they already paid for. They would happily trade some to get their hands on the source code and a better deal.”
Original source for news slashdot.org

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Newly free databases validate open source pioneers

This article on NewsForge doesn’t mention Firebird, but it shows some interesting positions from MySQL and PostgreSQL guys about the new “Free” versions of traditional comercial databases, like Oracle, DB2, etc.

Another interesting article shows that VMWare have cut the price of its server version to zero. This may turn the life of developers easier, since they can install many diferent O.S. in the same machine, to test their products.

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Interesting article

Interesting article published on ComputerWorld: High-Speed Databases Rev Corporate Apps.

“…Some of the new products simply move the action from disk to memory, where access is a million times faster. Others are more radical departures from tradition, such as “streaming” technologies that store queries and pass data through them rather than run queries against stored data. Still others have found clever ways to sidestep much of the overhead — such as table locking — associated with the traditional RDBMS…”

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