April 23, 2007

The big ANTs secret is officially out

ANTs has now put out a press release saying what was already obvious — the company is offering middleware to run applications written for one DBMS over another backend instead. The ANTs folks fondly think their own engine is just as good as anybody else’s, but realistically customers prefer name-brand DBMS for persistent storage, so that’s what they’re offering.

The three big questions are obviously:

  1. How’s performance?
  2. What, if any, are the compatibility gotchas?
  3. How do the dollars work out?

And I must confess to not being terribly clear on the answers to any of those. Why exactly would one want to be liberated from Sybase, for example, if the price is becoming dependent on ANTs? I guess one scenario would be if you’re trying to consolidate not just DBMS brands, but actual databases. But it’s not 100% clear to me how great the benefits of that actually are.

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