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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

VARs: Cheaper Databases

While the free and inexpensive databases and VARs being offered by lately might seem like a great deal, solution providers say many businesses should expect to get what they pay for. IBM, Oracle and Microsoft have started offering free and discounted databases and some feel that eventually other types of VARs will follow suit.

In February, Oracle and IBM began to give away versions of their 10g and DB2 databases. Microsoft also offers a free version of SQL Server 2005, and open-source databases such as MySQL and PostgreSQL can be obtained for virtually nothing. Despite the prevalence of the VARs affordable database solutions, experts believe databases are way too important to business to be offered at a bargain. While the cheap and free databases provide basic functionality, there is a great difference between the free versions of the database and the Enterprise editions.

Others like the trend of offering bargain databases and feel that they present small and medium-sized businesses with the opportunity to start a shift towards a better type of database. These databases can provide managed services and a solution that is web-based but affordable.

IBM spokesperson Ambuj Goyal, general manager of Information Management says there is a big market for value-added databases produced in volume. IBM needed to develop a high volume database in order to meet growing demands for that type of VARs. DB2 Express C emerged out of this experimentation, and provides a great way for small developers or those new to databases to orient themselves with the basic system before moving onto bigger versions.

In some industries, databases are moving from high-value to high-volume models. Databases, according to Goyal and other experts remain the most important part of businesses, and creating those that are more accessible to more people will only increase business capabilities. IBM is hoping that its new DB2 will create more high-value situations as it is able to store and manipulate relational and XML data. This product, code-named “Viper” is due out in summer of 2006.

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