The Real Problem with SQL Server’s Licensing Costs

At least once a month, a client has The Postgres Conversation™ with me.

It happens at the end of a consulting engagement, after we’ve talked about the work that the team needs to do in order to meet their performance objectives.

A manager who’s been quiet the whole meeting suddenly pipes up and quietly says, “I know you don’t really want to hear me ask this, but … what’s the point where we start thinking about different database back ends?”

They expect me to valiantly defend Microsoft SQL Server, talk about how powerful it is, discuss how it makes your