database news around the world: Microsoft SQL Server Most Used

Microsoft SQL Server is the most used database in the emerging markets of China, India, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, according to a new survey of over 400 developers from Evans Data Corp shows, but MySQL is closing that lead.  Over 50% of developers in the emerging market countries claim to be using Microsoft’s version of SQL Server, but 46% use MySQL.  MySQL is slightly stronger in India and Latin America, but MS SQL Server leads in China and Latin America.

“Even in this economic downturn the emerging markets represent a significant opportunity for ISV’s as we see developer population growth being more than double that of the rest of world,” said John Andrews, President and CEO of Evans Data. “However, the approach to these markets has to be tailored given the vast differences we find with their developer demographics and consequently the associate differences in their technology and services adoption.”