Data is the modern business, and the custodians of that resource are database managers. Today, according to computing authority The Register, more database managers than ever before are seeing their future in open source software. Nearly all professionals now use at least one of the top-rated open source database players, whether that be MariaDB, RDBMSes, or PostgreSQL. There are many reasons why professionals are moving away from proprietary solutions and towards open source, scalability and cost are key among them, but the fundamental capabilities of these software packages are also a key factor.
Flexibility of Data
Modern data sets need to be manipulated and deployed in a flexible manner in order for the business to stay agile and get the best analysis out of its resources. Among this is also the need for stability; as new data sets are introduced and new processors are, the database needs the performance and quality to be able to adjust to the new way of working. A look at ZDNet’s analysis of Google’s decision to move to MariaDB highlights exactly the strength of open-source database software in that regard. Chosen for its strength and stability, the database also has deft tools for the manipulation of data; inbuilt commands such as mariaDB enum, change enum, and add enum value allow for deft manipulation without changing the structural integrity of the system. This is a key tool in making sure a business can remain agile.
Quick Changes to Data
Another key aspect of managing a business is having the capability to add new data without risking data loss in older sets. This is another benefit of local-side managed open source database software. It’s in this area that RDBMSes excel, according to TechTarget; data manipulation is made much easier, and also ensures that consistency is provided. That flexibility is crucial, and the fact that the software can be managed locally, without the need for proprietary license-style support from outside of the network, adds another string to the bow of the service.
Crowd Funding Support
While many third-party IT providers and proprietary licensed operators do have excellent support systems, there are still nevertheless gaps that are created by the need to have outside support. Systems such as PostgreSQL and other open source databases create support from the inside of the business but, also, crucially, crowd support. The fact that anyone can weigh in on solutions and suggestions for the running of the database via open source methods means there is an infinitely bigger pool of talented professionals to call on – and often for free, reducing overheads. While there are obvious security concerns with this, and companies will need vet advice to ensure safety, it is nevertheless a big potential benefit.
The move away from proprietary database solutions may be a permanent one. Software development is more approachable and accessible than it ever has been, and that’s good news for the variety of software on offer.