Study Reveals Open Source Databases with Widest Developer Adoption

4/1/2004 - Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB the most widely used application-specific data management software in the world with over 200 million deployments - announced availability of a new study published by the market research firm Aberdeen Group on the increasing popularity of open source databases, including Berkeley DB.

The full report, "Open Source Databases: All Dressed Up, Only So Many Places to Go," is available at

"Open source databases have improved dramatically since the early days, in scalability, robustness, and manageability," said Peter Kastner, executive vice president at the Aberdeen Group. "They deserve to be compared with enterprise databases."

In the 20-page report, Aberdeen recommends that customers are likely to find the most value in open source databases such as Berkeley DB where developers are creating new applications using Java and the Web, as well as vertical independent software vendors (ISVs) seeking a low-license-cost alternative to proprietary databases.

The vertical markets that are leading adopters of open source databases include telecommunications and financial services, with retail and government close behind, according to the report.

Aberdeen also sizes the current market for specialized databases like Berkeley DB, including embedded ($400 million), mobile/desktop/workgroup small-footprint ($150 million), and high-performance cache ($100 million).

"Berkeley DB is the leading open source database for this segment of the specialized database market that the Aberdeen Group sizes today at more than $650 million in annual IT spending," said Mike Olson, CEO of Sleepycat Software. "We're pleased that the Aberdeen Group also concluded that Berkeley DB offers the same high level of features and reliability that they would expect from the world's leading proprietary database vendors. Smart companies are using our software to get to market faster with higher performing, lower cost products."

One customer interviewed said Berkeley DB offered "an unbeatable combination of performance, robustness, flexibility, simplicity, and cost." Customers selecting open source databases over proprietary products cited five major reasons, the report claims:

About Sleepycat Software
Sleepycat Software ( makes Berkeley DB, the most widely used application-specific data management software in the world with more than 200 million deployments. Customers such as Amazon, AOL, British Telecom, Cisco Systems, EMC, Ericsson, Google, Hitachi, HP, Motorola, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, TIBCO and Veritas also rely on Berkeley DB for fast, scalable, reliable and cost-effective data management for their mission-critical applications. Profitable since it was founded in 1996, Sleepycat is a privately held company with offices in California and Massachusetts.

Sleepycat Software and Berkeley DB are trademarks of Sleepycat Software, Inc.

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