Computer Associates has revealed plans to make its Ingres enterprise relational database open source.
Tony Gaughan, senior vice-president of development at CA, speaking at last week’s CA World user conference with interim CEO Ken Cron, said, "The release of Ingres under open source underscores CA’s commitment to our customers, partners, to the open source community and to Ingres.
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"The combined R&D of CA and the open source community will bring tremendous value to database users."
Analysts and developers welcomed the move. Bruce Perens, a joint founder of the Open Source Initiative, said Ingres’ roots lay in open source. An academic version called University Ingres was originally launched as public domain software in the 1980s. CA added enterprise features over the years, but the product was now coming home, said Perens.
Ingres does not rank in the top five databases and it is not as feature-rich as databases from Oracle and IBM, but CA’s move could give Ingres a higher profile and enable it to compete.
Mark Blowers, an analyst at Butler Group, said, "The revenues from Ingres are not separately revealed by CA, but are not significant when sales from its core products are considered. It now hopes to generate greater sales from support for the basic Ingres open source version."