Ministry of the Interior and Safety·NIA, 1st order by end of this month
Shorten development period·manage convenience
DBMS competition intensifying after MSP·CSP
SUNJESOFT·Altibase and others are

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Wars clouds are all over public cloud projects. Many of open-source database management system (DBMS) companies are planning to participate in public cloud conversion and Daegu Government Integrated Data Center project. TheMinistry of the Interior and Safetyand the National Information Society Agency (NIA) will likely place an order for the '2022 Administrative·Public Institution Information System Cloud Conversion·Integration Project (Phase 1)' as early as the end of this month. In this year's public cloud conversion project, there will be competition not only from cloud management service providers (MSP) and cloud service providers (CSP), but as well as open-source DBMS companies.

The whole scale of projects became a few times bigger than last year and the importance of DBMS has grown as the cloud migration even for internal business has started. Considering the flexibility to support the cloud environment and cost reduction factors, it is expected that an open-source DBMS will be adopted.

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Jae-wook Nam, executive director of INZENT, said, "The one of Oracle’s DBMS strength points, ‘Real Application Cluster' (RAC) function has no merit in a cloud environment." RAC is a technology in which multiple servers share a DB, meaning that it is a basic element in a cloud environment where resources are shared·integrated. Woo-sang Lee, country manager of MariaDB, said “In a cloud environment, it is a trend to configure applications as unit tasks (MSA, microservice architecture), and open-source DBMS is more flexible than commercial products.”

The fact that the DBM Scombination of 'cloud+open source' can reduce the development period and increase management convenience is also one of the reasons why open-source DBMS are attracting attention.Major open-source DBMS companies including CUBRID, Altibase, SUNJESOFT, Tmax Soft, and INZENT and global companies EDB·MariaDB will participate.

CUBRID, Altibase, and SUNJESOFT developed their own DBMS and released them as open sources. TmaxSoft and INZENT have developed PostgreSQL-basedopen source DBMS products, and EDB is competing withOracle compatibility enhanced based on PostgreSQL.

Sang-hwi Gong, Vice President of Tmax Tibero, said, "We will satisfy customer’s needsby simultaneously proposean existing commercial product from Tibero and recently launched 'HyperSQL', an open source DBMS" Ki-wan Kim, CEO of SUNJESOFT, introduced their product by saying, “In the cloud environment, elastic horizontal expansion (scale-out) is essential, and ‘Goldilocks’ is a product developed with a focus on this.” Jae-woong Jang, CEO of Altibase, said, “Korean products such as ‘Altibase’ are more advantageous than overseas products in various aspects, such as response to failuresof customer and technical support.”

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CUBRID said that theirtechnical competitiveness is based on original technology and customer-oriented technical support. INZENT puts usability, convenience, and service diversity at the forefront as differentiating factors. MariaDB emphasizes all cloud support capabilities and high economic feasibility, while EDB emphasizes compatibility with Oracle as their greatest strengths.

These companies are planning to participate not only in the public cloud conversion project, but also in the Daegu Government Integrated Data Center informatization project, which is expected to be start the ordering in the second half of the year. The domestic open-source DBMS market is expected to grow this year, starting with public cloud conversion and the Daegu Center project.

EDB Korea country manager, Kang-il Lee,said, “The market will develop in two directions, for customers who need tasks that require large capacity and high availability, they will use existing commercial products such as Oracle, and customers who want shortened development period, flexibility and convenience would choose an open-source DBMS.” Byung-ju Jung, CEO of CUBRID, predicted and said, “In the long term, open-source DBMS will be used in major systems including account systems.”

By Staff Reporter Ho-cheon An (