Moving to open source databases can see savings of 90%
"Enterprises could save up to 90% on licensing costs by moving away from incumbent proprietary databases to an open source alternative, according to Frank Fanzilli, independent board director at PostgreSQL vendor EnterpriseDB and board director of the Linux Foundation.
Fanzilli, former global CIO at Credit Suisse First Boston, explained that banks have been adopting open source software, particularly Linux, since the 2008 crash in a bid to cut costs. Governments are also starting to trust open source to run mission-critical applications.
Realising such cost savings is becoming more feasible as the cloud allows increased portability and flexibility in the deployment of enterprise applications.
‘People don't rip and replace that much. However, what the cloud does is force the move. It is like an avalanche. People are moving to the cloud for all sorts of reasons, among them significant reductions in the cost of computing,’ said Fanzilli.”
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