How the EDB Postgres Platform is Fueling Digital Innovation

May 25, 2016

Intelligent, customer-facing applications; analytics; ecosystem-level intelligence that leverages the Internet of Things – these strategic initiatives bring better visibility into operations and yield competitive advantages. Yet they remain out of reach for many businesses. That should come as no surprise – maintenance costs comprise up to 80% of current IT budgets.

Where does this money go? One of the single largest IT infrastructure costs are the data management systems (DBMS). Traditional license-fee-based enterprise DBMS ultimately i) cost a lot of money and ii) have contractual terms that cost more and more money.

Postgres has emerged as the leading open source relational DBMS organizations deploy to replace major commercial solutions as well as develop new applications required by digital business initiatives. Leading analyst firm Gartner now recommends that organizations have an open source relational DBMS among the standards for deployment. Gartner and Forrester, another leading analyst firm, both say that open source relational DBMSs have matured to the point they can support 80% or more of an organization’s applications. In addition, Gartner predicts that in two years, 70% of new applications will be deployed on an open source relational DBMS and half of existing applications will have been migrated to an open source relational DBMS or in process. 


Transform DBMS to Drive Digital Business

Migrating applications to Postgres and/or building new applications on Postgres instead of on a more costly traditional vendor’s DBMS transforms core IT. The result is a more flexible core IT infrastructure and budget for reinvesting in digital initiatives, effectively transforming the data center into an innovation platform that helps drive revenue.

The EDB Postgres Platform

EnterpriseDB® (EDB™) has taken the lead in helping organizations embrace this transformation with Postgres. EDB has advanced Postgres with enterprise-class performance, security, and manageability enhancements to support mission-critical deployments, and is compatible with  Oracle to facilitate migrations to Postgres. To learn more about Oracle migration, visit our Migration Portal.

EDB recently released the industry’s first enterprise-class, integrated open source-based database management platform. The EDB Postgres Platform enables a wide range of deployment topologies; integrates EDB’s mature, enterprise-ready Postgres database with other leading data management solutions; and offers a specialized partner ecosystem for new, more agile deployment models. (Read the press release here.)


The EDB Postgres Platform

Above is an illustration of the EDB Postgres Platform. EDB provides everything required for achieving success with Postgres in the enterprise and transforming core IT at scale while reducing risk.

The EDB Postgres Platform is more than just a database. It includes a choice of either the open-source PostgreSQL database or the EDB Postgres Advanced Server, an enhanced version of PostgreSQL. EDB also has integrated a series of tool suites to help DBAs and developers to be more productive, and has established a range of deployment options, services, support and training and certification necessary to ensure success.

The following is a snapshot of the EDB Postgres platform:

  • The choice of two EDB Postgres Database server versions: (i) EDB Postgres Standard Server, an open source PostgreSQL database; or (ii) EDB Postgres Advanced Server, an enhanced version of PostgreSQL with extended enterprise-class performance, scalability, and security features and capabilities, customers have multiple options to fit their unique requirements. EDB Postgres Advanced Server also includes database compatibility for Oracle.
  • The Management Suite comprises an integrated set of tools for monitoring, optimizing and managing large database deployments, and their supporting High Availability and backup and recovery architectures. End users control database functions from a single command module with a graphical interface.
  • The Integration Suite supports data federation and integration with applications from other database management solutions as well as distributed transaction management capabilities with the EDB Replication Server and a collection of Data Adapters, based on the Foreign Data Wrapper capability in Postgres.
  • The Migration Suite comprises toolkits that enable organizations to identify applications that are best candidates for migration to EDB Postgres and to perform the actual migrations.
  • Support and Services complement the Postgres solution ecosystem provided to EDB customers as 24x7 global support and upgrades are included with EDB Postgres Platform subscriptions and professional services, training, and certifications are available to help ensure customers achieve ROI.
  • Deployment Flexibility – The EDB Postgres Platform frees end-users from vendor lock-in, and allows them to choose deployments on bare metal; virtually, including container environments such as those based on Docker; or in a public, private or hybrid cloud environment, with no restrictions on usage. EDB Postgres is open source-, standards-based and runs on all major operating systems, including Windows, LINUX, and UNIX.

Open-source Adopters

Organizations are already using EDB Postgres to transform their data centers into platforms of innovation. The launch of a fully integrated DBMS will enable more organizations to take advantage of what Postgres has to offer.  Among EDB’s users are:

  • ABN AMRO Clearing has adopted EDB Postgres for select Tier 1 apps, all reporting systems and new applications.
  • Nasdaq has adopted EDB Postgres for select Tier 1 internal applications and strategic SaaS offerings.
  • KT Corporation has chosen EDB Postgres for its public cloud offering and critical SaaS offerings.
  • Alibaba uses EDB Postgres for its public cloud offering.
  • INFOR bases its SaaS offering on EDB Postgres, as well as certifications for on-premises deployments.

In today’s marketplace, where the opportunities to seize competitive advantages present themselves  in real time, companies must do everything they can to become agile and innovate. Doing so is a strategic imperative tied directly to corporate growth. With the maturation of Postgres open source into a mature, prime time, cost effective DBMS, it is easier than ever to eliminate a major barrier to digital innovation – the gorilla in the data center.

For more information on how EDB can help you liberate your enterprise from expensive, rigid DBMSs, and drive digital business with EDB Postgres, learn more about the EDB Postgres Platform here.

Pierre Fricke is Vice President of Product Marketing at EnterpriseDB. 



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