Linux Magazine’s Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2008
Who knows what the future will hold? Well, heaven knows we don't or we'd have already won the lottery a few times and retired to a private island somewhere. However, we can look at the past to make a few reasonable predictions-- such as the companies in the free and open source software community that are going to have a major impact on the market in 2008.
If there’s ever been a company screaming for competition, it’s Oracle. It’s obvious that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison isn’t overly fond of competition (hence his penchant for buying competing companies and cloning technologies Oracle can’t own), which makes it all the more fun when a company tweaks Oracle using a technology Oracle can’t buy.
Here we’re talking about EnterpriseDB, which bills itself as” the Oracle-compatible database company.” EnterpriseDB takes PostgreSQL, modifies it a bit with its own secret sauce to make it” Oracle-compatible,” and then undercuts Oracle’s licensing and support prices.
The company has had some major successes since its beginnings just a few years ago. It landed $20 million in financing this year, and also scooped up more than 100 new customers through 2007. The company is also a strong contributor to the PostgreSQL project, which will be important for the company as it continues to depend on PostgreSQL as the basis for its core product.
EnterpriseDB is almost certainly going to be in the news quite a bit in 2008, and we look for it to be another attractive acquisition target.