Survey suggests that Open Source databases are
gaining on Oracle
In a great report published as part of "Database
Trends and Applications" magazine,
IOUG commissioned a survey titled “Open Source in the
Stack: IOUG 2006 Survey on Open Source Trends”, where we see
a statistically significant survey (n=269) that addresses the
adoption of open source databases.
Executive Summary of the report is available here, but only for IOUG
Open Source database findings:
Open source databases are gaining ground in the small-medium
sized market. While DB2 and Oracle still rule for ERP and large
mission-critical systems, open source contenders such as MySQL and
PostgreSQL are making inroads, as are partially open source database
Many companies are now trusting open source for database
management, and this survey suggests that the major proprietary
database vendors (DB2, Oracle SQL Server) may see open source
databases as a threat.
Is open source database a threat to Oracle?
The survey notes that small and medium businesses are having the
largest uptake of open source database:
“The IOUG survey confirms that the perceived threat is real.
Small companies are the most inclined to have adopted open
source databases at this time.
Close to half of the small businesses in the survey (45 percent
of those with fewer than 500 employees) have adopted one of the
leading open source brands. This compares with 29 percent of
medium size firms (500 to 5,000 employees) and 38 percent of
large organizations (5,000 or more)."
The study also confirms that MySQL and PostgreSQL are leading the
pack in open source databases:
“One third of the group (33 percent) has instances of MySQL
at their sites, followed by PostgreSQL at second place with nine
The study also suggests that open source databases are not as
well-trusted as vendor databases for mission-critical systems,
especially ERP applications:
“While open source databases are prevalent, they are still at
the edge of the enterprise. The IOUG survey finds that only 10
percent of open source databases are deployed to support