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MySQL Missing in IDC Study

I found it strange that MySQL was notably missing from an InformationWeek DatabasePipeline article today about growth in market share of both Oracle and Microsoft. At first, I though perhaps IDC had some strict criteria on which they decided what was “a relational database system” and what wasn’t, but when I saw no mention of MySQL and yet a mention that NCR’s database server held down a 3% market share, I was a bit perturbed.

When is MySQL going to get the recognition it deserves in the database industry? Why hasn’t it already, with large companies already relying on it for critical applications? Has the fact that MySQL is open source been a limiting factor to its industry acceptance?

Let me know your thoughts