Open Source Databases Can Lower Database Costs by 50%, Says Leading Research Firm

Date -2006-11-14

EnterpriseDB Webinar Featuring Leading Research Firm and Sony Online Entertainment Demonstrates Enterprise Open Source Database Momentum 

ISELIN, N.J., Nov. 14, 2006 – According to Forrester Research, open source databases can lower an enterprise's database total cost of ownership (TCO) by fifty percent. This finding and others were presented in an online seminar delivered on Oct. 12, 2006 entitled “ Realizing the Value of Open Source Databases: How Sony Online Entertainment Replaced Oracle with EnterpriseDB “. The online seminar featured Noel Yuhanna, senior analyst, Forrester Research, and David Manifold, director of database services, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). Yuhanna first shared market insights and best practices for evaluating, selecting and implementing enterprise open source database solutions. Next, Manifold discussed how SOE is migrating some of its key online gaming applications to EnterpriseDB, an enterprise-class open source database. The webinar is available for viewing at

During the seminar, Forrester's Yuhanna also reported that:

  • 52% of enterprises are using and/or evaluating open source databases
  • The increasing costs of closed source proprietary databases is a key driver of enterprise adoption of open source databases
  • The feature gap between open source databases and their closed source counterparts is narrowing
  • Mainstream industries are adopting open source databases, including education, telecommunications, government, retail, and manufacturing
  • Open source databases are increasingly used for all enterprise needs, including transactional systems, reporting, data repositories, and data warehousing
  • An increasing number of ISVs and VARs are using open source databases
  • The adoption rate of open source databases is estimated to grow by 50% annually for next three years

“Enterprise-class open source databases have come of age,“ said Yuhanna. “Technically, they are mature and reliable and, as the ecosystem of tools, software, partners and solutions has grown and the feature gap has narrowed, they have become a very attractive alternative to closed source proprietary solutions.“

During the Webinar, Manifold reported that SOE expects to realize an eighty percent TCO savings by using EnterpriseDB instead of Oracle. SOE is currently migrating its popular game, The Matrix Online, as well as its data-intensive user forums to EnterpriseDB. The company plans to continue migrating existing games and applications to EnterpriseDB, and all of its new massively multi-player online games will be deployed on EnterpriseDB.

“Forrester’s findings underscore the importance of open source databases in enterprise IT planning and illustrate the range of benefits that open source databases can provide,“ said Andy Astor, chief executive officer, EnterpriseDB. “Our offering is unique among open source databases in its ability to run applications written for Oracle. This provides customers such as Sony Online Entertainment with even greater value and eliminates a common barrier to open source database adoption.“


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EnterpriseDB develops and supports EnterpriseDB Advanced Server, an enterprise-class relational database management system (RDBMS) that is built on PostgreSQL, the world’s most advanced open source database. EnterpriseDB Advanced Server is compatible with Oracle applications, has the reliability and scalability necessary for high-volume, mission-critical enterprise use, and is very affordable. EnterpriseDB has offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and is the world’s leading provider of enterprise-class PostgreSQL-based products and services. EnterpriseDB was founded in March, 2004, and is headquartered in Iselin, N.J. For more information about EnterpriseDB and free downloads of EnterpriseDB Advanced Server, please contact +1-732-331-1300 or visit

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