Does anyone know of a DBMS with global geospatial search?

We need to store coverage areas and search by location over arbitrarily large areas. It has to be able to handle polar searches and coverage areas that span multiple hemispheres. No GIS can do this. Informix has the Geospatial Datablade, but it costs like a hundred grand. Does anyone use something more affordable--preferably free?

• Meh, I'm not really sure that this is off-topic. I'm going to post a meta question about it (not that this is a bad question, I'm just not sure if software-recommendations are on-topic here). EDIT: Meta question asked: Are software-requests on-topic? – hichris123 Apr 20 '14 at 16:21

The best open-source and free geospatial database is in my opinion PostGIS. It is easy to use and has a huge support group (also for example at https://gis.stackexchange.com/)

It also connect to all sorts of different open-source programs and web-interfaces which should make data editing, viewing and sharing easy.

It can handle the date-line and the poles:

 4.2.3.2.
What about the date-line and the poles?
All the calculations have no conception of date-line or poles, the coordinates are spherical (longitude/latitude) so a shape that crosses the dateline is, from a calculation point of view, no different from any other shape.