Data is the lifeblood of applications. For those extra-juicy, information-rich experiences, all that data has to live somewhere. Whether the database is a massive Oracle installation or a tiny MySQL instance, databases are essential to the proper functioning of applications. But they’re also more than that. For many businesses, the database is the single most powerful, useful and essential tool for getting things done. Fortunately, databases are also some of the oldest pieces of software out there and, thus, are exceptionally mature. That’s why open-source alternatives offered by the likes of Enterprise DB and MySQL are quickly becoming commonplace in the enterprise. Although there will always be room for gigantic Oracle or Sybase systems, those smaller jobs are benefiting from simpler alternatives.

  • Enterprise DB
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • MySQL
  • Oracle
  • Sybase
  • Data Direct
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