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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

IBM joins Microsoft and Oracle in offering free versions of its db

This is probably a good thing for SAP as it provides another non-Oracle db option. However, given that it's "a trimmed-down version of its commercial product, and IBM limits its deployment to two-processor servers," the immediate effect on our customer base is probably minimal. Wonder how/if this would affect the SME market?

The following line from RedMonk analyst Stephen O'Grady was my big take-away:

The real battle here isn't revenue, it's developer mindshare, by leveraging open source, (open-source database provider) MySQL and others have been phenomenally successful at capturing developer mindshare."

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