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Just Yesterday, On Twitter...
Wondering if anyone has ever ported a very large, super-optimized, high-TPS database from MS-SQL to PostgreSQL and lived to tell the tale— Joel Spolsky (@spolsky) February 11, 2014
Good question Joel. What's going on here?
@matteomelani at some point the licensing costs (far) exceed the cost of engineers to port— Joel Spolsky (@spolsky) February 11, 2014
Not sure if he's talking about Trello or Stack Exchange (I think it's the latter), but what I do know is that using SQL Server can get quite expensive. You probably spend more time trying to figure out if you're in compliance.
Personally I think you're insane for ever choosing SQL Server outside the enterprise when there are so many better, open alternatives like Postgres, Cassandra, Riak and RavenDB.That's just me, and I have strong opinions.
But hey: they have BizSpark:
Basically, it’s a gamble that some startups will transform into successful businesses in a few years, businesses that don’t care when they have to spend less than 1% of their income on software licensing fees.
I think someone cares.