David vs. The Data Goliaths
By Michael V. Copeland

(Business 2.0) – Does the world need more database software? Maybe, if it's a low-cost open-source program that packs all the punch of products made by Oracle and Microsoft. That's the hope of startup EnterpriseDB, slated to emerge from stealth mode May 2. Unlike MySQL, a popular but underpowered open-source option, EnterpriseDB is built on open-source code that can handle heavy-duty tasks for large companies--at a cost of just $2,000 to $5,000 per server, about a tenth the price of a comparable Oracle product. Better yet, says EnterpriseDB president Andrew Astor, the software supports apps written for Oracle databases, a plus for customers wary of making the switch.