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  • PostgreSQL delivers alternative for MySQL users wary of Oracle's Sun acquisition 1 comment
    Jun 16, 2009 8:27 AM | about stocks: ORCL, JAVA, SY, IBM

    Potential MySQL customers who are wary of the database's future under Oracle stewardship have a possible alternative in Postgres Plus, an open source alternative from EnterpriseDB, says that company’s CEO, Ed Boyajian.

    He sees reality biting the MySQL community as a feeding frenzy in the software acquisition food chain from both Sun Microsystems' gobbling up of MySQL last year, and now Oracle's likely snapping up of Sun. “When MySQL got acquired by Sun, a lot of that community got fractured,” Boyajian told BriefingsDirect. “That fracturing started with Sun and continues with Oracle so I think that will have an impact on adoption patterns.”

    He says potential MySQL customers, wary of getting “sucked into Oracle’s sales machine,” are looking at EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus®Advanced Server, the company’s relational database management system (RDBMS) product, which is based on the PostgreSQL open source database.

    Competing with Oracle is nothing new for EnterpriseDB, which has been playing David to Oracle’s Goliath in the database market for years. Although this David has its own Goliath watching its back as IBM is an investor in and has a partnership with the Westford, Mass. company, which was founded in 2004

    The latest version of Postgres Plus, being released today is touted by EnterpriseDB as “the fifth-generation of Oracle compatibility technology,” which allows Oracle customers to move applications to the EnterpriseDB database.

    This version of Postgres Plus is designed to require “minimal migration effort” for Oracle customers looking for a low-cost, open source-based RDBMS as an alternative to giant vendor’s proprietary database products.

    Oracle buying Sun and acquiring MySQL does have a positive side, Boyajian says.

    One of the selling points for Postgres Plus is that it runs on commodity hardware and now it is being deployed in virtual and cloud environments.

    “When Oracle acquires Sun and gets a great asset like MySQL it’s a great endorsement for open source software,” he said.



    His company maintains a close relationship with the Postgres community, Boyajian said. Several EnterpriseDB employees are "key core members" of Postgres, he said.



    One of the selling points for Postgres Plus is that it runs on commodity hardware and now it is being deployed in virtual and cloud environments.



    “There are some customers that are using blade servers,” Jim Mlodgenski, EnterpriseDB's chief architect told BriefingsDirect. “For the

    cache servers

    [used heavily in social networking apps] you don’t need much horsepower as far as the CPU goes,”



    Social networking

    sites have greater requirements for maintaining a data cache in memory rather than for CPU power, he explained. Postgres Plus offers a feature called “Infinite Cache” to support those requirements.



    Some customers take advantage of the commodity prices for “one CPU and a lot of RAM,” Mlodgenski said. “Using commodity hardware at the caching layer you’re able to leverage low cost commodity hardware to cache everything, get the performance benefits of running everything in memory without investing a lot in a high-end

    SAN [storage area network]

    boxes,” the architect explained.



    The

    cloud

    is also on the horizon for Postgres Plus users. “We have other people who are deploying in more virtualized environments, cloud environments,” Mlodgenski said.



    He said when the product was designed several years ago it wasn’t focused on the cloud but because of its flexible architecture Postgres Plus users were able to move into cloud environments such as

    Amazon EC2

    .



    BriefingsDirect contributor Rich Seeley provided research and editorial assistance on this post. He can be reached at RichSeeley@aol.com.
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  • Dana,

     

    As a company, which strongly supports both MySQL and PostgreSQL (data availability and scalability solutions for MySQL and PostgreSQL, continuent.com), I do agree that PostgreSQL has got a lot positive attention lately, and for a good reason, as it is a very good database.

     

    But the sheer volume of users (10 to 1 favoring MySQL over PostgreSQL) and those deploying serious database apps (favoring MySQL 3 to 1 over PostgreSQL based on Continuent's experience) will keep the momentum on MySQL for long time.

     

    Also despite the fact that MySQL is under the cloud due the Oracle acquisition, there are number of positive developments on MySQL market place countering this concern, most prominently Open Database Alliance and MariaDB.

     

    I am sure that there is a lot of wishful thinking on Ed's behalf for PostgreSQL, and especially EnterpriseDB, gaining much more market share and I do hope good luck for them in their quest.

     

    The more open source databases, either PostgreSQL or MySQL, gain market share, the happier we all are.

     

    Eero Teerikorpi
    CEO, Continuent
    continuent.com
    16 Jun 2009, 03:49 PM Reply Like
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