Open Arms for Open Source: Dell SharePlex and EnterpriseDB Team Up

March 22, 2016

To say the database market is evolving would be a gross understatement. New data types and sophisticated new analytic requirements, combined with increasing pressure to lower costs without sacrificing functionality is ushering in an era of great change and great opportunity in the database market. And today’s customers are taking advantage of that change. With such a wide range of new and innovative platforms on the market, customers are increasingly seeking efficiency not by consolidating around a single database, as they may have in the past, but instead by deploying the best platform for each of their specific business and analytic use cases.  

And it’s not just the usual suspects either. A wave of new relational database technologies is providing customers with more in the way of choice than they’ve ever had in the past. Perhaps the most prominent of these technologies is Postgres. A powerful, open source object-relational database system, Postgres continues to gain popularity among customers as an efficient, cost-effective alternative to traditional legacy relational databases.While you might think that much of this disruption is occurring through investment in unstructured, NoSQL databases, there’s no lack of disruption occurring on the relational side of the house as well. In fact, according to a 2015 Dell survey, while management of unstructured data will likely become more prevalent as advanced analytics initiatives continue to gain traction, structured data still makes up 75 percent of data under management for more than two-thirds of organizations, with nearly one-third of organizations not yet actively managing unstructured data at all. Relational databases are and continue to be an outstanding resource for managing, retrieving, and analyzing data quickly and efficiently.

That’s why we’re so excited about our new joint technology solution with EnterpriseDB (EDB), the leading enterprise Postgres database company. Announced last week, the new Dell SharePlex for EDB Postgres solution will provide high-performance replication from Oracle to EDB Postgres environments that are on premise, geographically dispersed, or in the cloud. By replicating from Oracle to Postgres in real time using SharePlex, customers can more easily implement and leverage this modern open source platform to achieve significant cost savings without sacrificing functionality.  

SharePlex essentially invented Oracle database replication, and customers both big and small around the world depend on it every day. Our partnership and innovation around Enterprise DB and Postgres is evidence of our ongoing commitment to supporting an increasingly complex DB environment for our customers. In addition to Postgres, we support SQL Server, HANA, and other platforms. At the end of the day, that’s what makes Dell database management solutions unique – our agnostic approach and focus on all data and all platforms. Structured or unstructured, on-premises or off, proprietary or open source, Dell is committed to supporting all data across all platforms.

Unlike others, we don’t have a database platform of our own on which we must focus all of our time, energy, and development resources. Instead, we develop technology solutions that are heterogeneous and data agnostic in nature. And, as further evidenced by yesterday’s announcement from our friends at EDB, we’ve forged customer-focused technology partnerships spanning the entire data ecosystem. This approach enables us to meet customers where they are and help them get where they want to go next by providing the solution they want – not the solutions we tell them to want.

And we’re confident that a great many of them are going to want Dell SharePlex for EDB Postgres.

Darin Bartik is Executive Director of Product Management, Information Management, Dell Software.

This blog was originally published on the Dell SharePlex blog. 

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