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Top 10 Trends #5: Open Source Choices Multiply

Eric Russo | | November 1, 2018

Open-source communities are often the foundation for interesting and useful enterprise software. Working with open source software requires a shift in mindset for your IT operations.

The IT staff can’t treat it as though it were closed software. Community-sourced updates, forks, patches and add-ons, as well as the opportunity for internal custom development, creates a dynamic environment. MySQL, sometimes known as the mother of open-source software, is the most well-known of these database options, but MongoDB, SQLite, PostgreSQL, Redis and Cassandra are rising in popularity.

MySQL History

MySQL started as closed-source software and was released in 1995. Five years later, it went open source. Private companies began developing their own MySQL strains. Sun Microsystems had one of these, which was purchased by Oracle. Microsoft developed SQL Server and continues to offer it to enterprises. Several NoSQL databases, including PostgreSQL, Cassandra, Redis and MongoDB got their start from open-source origins.

You have access to countless more open-source database solutions on top of the ones already mentioned. Whether they’re based on an existing solution or developed as an independent option, staying on top of the latest developments requires a lot of attention to this area.

Why Open-Source Choices Are Important

Many organizations struggle with managing the sheer volume of data that comes through their systems. Whether they’re generating it directly or bringing it in from third-party sources, the structured and unstructured information growth will likely continue to be exponential. The search for efficient and effective data management solutions and storage options is an ongoing process.

The flexibility of having many open-source choices allows your company to work with solutions that support your database needs. The attempt to research and evaluate open-source software has several roadblocks, as information can be scarce.

One of the best ways to get the most out of an open-source database solution is to work with a team that specializes in this database area. You leverage their hands-on knowledge and custom solutions to ensure that your migration process is seamless. Improving your database performance and functionality by adopting a versatile open-source system can result in savings and increased revenue throughout your organization. Even if you don’t end up choosing open-source software, the time that you spend on the evaluation will be valuable.

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