Cost and value in IT infrastructure confuse me greatly. I suppose you could relate some functionality to the amount of time it'll save over the lifetime of the system, and the amount of salary that'd be equivalent to. Then compare it to how much an in-house solution would cost in implementation and support time. Then give up and buy the vendor's solution anyway because they've given some nice freebies.
Hm... somebody should set up a foundation to turn PostgreSQL into a serious Oracle competitor. Businesses who would be spending $40,000 per CPU on Oracle could just list the features they actually want, and contribute to the foundation, who'd then use the cash to employ full-time programmers to work on the most-desired features. The features would be prioritised by the amount that had been spent. Obviously it's all Free Software so people could jump the queue by just directly employing a programmer for their feature.
Must have another look at PostgreSQL and see what features I'd want fixing first…( Then it gets geekyCollapse )