Databases Archive

Analysis: Open Source Databases

"Many enterprise software users and vendors have made significant commitments to open source technologies. Projects such as the Linux operating system, Apache Web server, and the Perl programming language, have proven themselves as viable alternatives to equivalent commercial offerings. But what about the tools used to hold core information assets? Are open source databases ready for the enterprise?" Read the article at

MySQL Creator Contemplates RAM-only Databases

"When will RAM prices make disk drives obsolete for database developers? I first came across this question when talking with Michael "Monty" Widenius, one of the visonaries behind the MySQL database. For some applications, running entirely in RAM is not news at all. One major platform, the Palm Pilot, relies entirely on battery-powered RAM. Disks are used only occassionally for remote backups." Read the article at DevChannel by Peter Wayner.