Are Commercial Databases Worth It?

I’ve worked with expensive SQL Server and Oracle setups for most of my career. I’ve defended them viciously against all comers and contrarians. I’ve participated in late-night guerilla flame wars and drunken bar brawls. And I’ve sought out with relentless tunnel vision those pieces of propaganda which support my foregone conclusion: that SQL Server and/or Oracle are (or were) the best choices for the organization.

I used to be a commercial database advocate.

These databases have put food on my table for a dozen years, you see. I am (or was) what you might call an entrenched practicioner, not necessarily an expert, but a practicioner. And in the manner of entrenched practicioners around the world, I’ve treated you heretics with the sadistic undercutting and poisonous rancor you’ve deserved!

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