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Oracle User Survey Finds Open Source Making Inroads

Open source software is making inroads into Oracle database installations with some 60 percent of IT installations using some form of open source software, according to a new survey of Oracle sites.

However, the survey, conducted by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) found that most open source usage was at the edge of enterprise applications such as Web servers or single function servers.

In an e-mail Friday, Ari Kaplan, IOUG CEO and president, said MySQL was the most popular open source database supplier at Oracle installations. MySQL captured 33 percent of that open source category in the survey of 269 IOUG members. Runner-up in the category was PostgreSQL with 9 percent.

The survey found that more than one-third of the respondents indicated maintenance and support for open source software was increasingly becoming a problem.

"For tech support -- meaning the database team needs to resolve bugs in the software " IT managers still call Oracle Corporation or third-party support companies. For internal IT support (my printer broke, I forgot my password type of questions), many companies do have an internal tech support center," Kaplan said.

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