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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ingres founder and chief architect Mike Stonebraker says a product that uses good technology doesn't necessarily make it a commercial success.
Seemingly frustrated over what he refers to as a lucky break for Oracle and some questionable sales tactics, Stonebraker says he's optimistic that Ingres will finally come into its own with the help of CA.
Stonebraker was a professor at the University of California at Berkely where he was the main architect of the Ingres relational DBMS in the early 1970s.
The explosion of interest in open source databases prompted by MySQL AB is resulting in a revival of sorts for Ingres, Postgres and others. CA announced in August that it was releasing the Ingres source code under an open source license and other commercial software vendors are open sourcing similar products.
In an interview with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com, Stonebraker was critical of the reasons why Ingres failed to gain stature in the database market and whether the open source community can erode Microsoft's dominance.
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