Open source database poll highlights barriers to adoption

Solid Information Technology, which announced solidDB for MySQL in April, released the results of an open source survey yesterday (press release). Solid polled over 200 IT professionals on topics relating to open source adoption at the recent LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The survey found that the greatest obstacles to developing and deploying an open source database strategy were reliability and high availability (but not the functional status quo?!). The press release includes some additional findings, which all seem to support Solid’s business model. I’d need to see the survey before making a determination as to whether it favored a point of view. Solid intends to repeat the survey at the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Cologne, Germany.


#1 Jonathan Cheyer on 09.22.06 at 2:08 am

Hi Raven, could you fix the link to our site? It should be Thanks! –Jonathan Cheyer, Open Source Community Manager, Solid Information Technology.

#2 Raven Zachary on 09.22.06 at 12:04 pm

Fixed. Thank you for letting me know.

#3 Anthony Gold on 09.24.06 at 2:15 pm

Although IT professionals are certainly a major factor affecting the uptake of open source databases (and all other open source software products for that matter), other key decision makers exist, particularly in the larger companies. And, those decision makers are increasingly being found in the CIO office. One of my disappointments from the past SF LinuxWorld was the absence of a large number of those types of business executives. So, I wonder how the survey might have been affected had that constituency been taken into account? Now, having postulated that, I still believe that reliability and high-availability are a concern, but you are absolutely correct Raven in suggesting status quo is as well. To displace an incumbent is not as simple as having a better feature set or a cheaper product. The entire ecosystem of features, channels, cost, and support need to create enough “customer value” to warrant a customer change.

Anthony Gold, Unisys Corporation

#4 Raven Zachary on 09.25.06 at 4:46 pm

Anthony – good point. In all likelihood, it skewed towards the individual contributor (e.g. developer, system administrator, etc.), which may explain why the status quo did not come up as a top reason.

#5 James on 11.14.06 at 10:23 am

If you want folks from large enterprises to participate in conferences and surveys, you need to find topics of interest to them. Way too many conferences are filled with vendor presentations that are not really of interest where they essentially payed for the privelege to speak to us. Sadly, many of us are not listening…