January 26, 2005
Will Proprietary Databases Survive?
The recent announcement that Pervasive was throwing its weight behind PostgreSQL, as an open source offering, was interesting for two reasons. First of all, Pervasive already had a successful database product - Pervasive SQL - which has strong traction among ISVs. Pervasive regards its version of PostgreSQL (Pervasive Postgres) as complementary to this. Technically that's true, as Postgres is a true object-relational product whereas Pervasive SQL is a died-in-the-wool relational database product designed for speed and not object manipulation. Pervasive has, of course, enhanced PostgreSQL by adding some of its installation and administrative tools. Whether Pervasive will be able to make a business from Postgres is a different question - which brings me to my second point.