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Ready to Test Your Postgres Skills?

By Debra Brucato
1/18/2018
PostgreSQL v10 Associate Certification Available PostgreSQL 10 was the most significant Postgres release in recent years. Available since October 2017, it provided database administrators flexibility, powerful new database features, and an array of new deployment choices. The release expanded...

Parallel Hash for PostgreSQL

By Thomas Munro
1/16/2018
PostgreSQL 9.6 and 10 can use all three join strategies in parallel query plans, but they can only use a partial plan on the outer side of the join. As of commit 18042840 , assuming nothing irreparably busted is discovered in the next few months, PostgreSQL 11 will ship with Parallel Hash. Partial...

The State of VACUUM

By Robert Haas
1/9/2018
In a recent blog post , I talked about why every system that implements MVCC needs some scheme for removing old row versions, and how VACUUM meets that need for PostgreSQL. In this post, I’d like to examine the history of VACUUM improvements in recent years, the state of VACUUM as it exists in...

Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities Explained

By Marc Linster
1/5/2018
To our valued EDB Postgres subscribers: By now, you have likely heard the recent news of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities . Almost every computing system — desktops, laptops, smartphones, and cloud servers — is affected by Spectre. Meltdown appears to be specific to chips made by Intel...

Deciding on Your Open Source Strategy

By Dave Page
1/4/2018
When it comes to enterprises deciding on whether to adopt open source software or commercial software based on open source it can lead to fierce debate about the relative merits of these different approaches. EnterpriseDB ® (EDB™) provides a data management platform based on the open source project...

Top 10 Countdown - EDB Blog Reader Favorites for 2017

By Keith Alsheimer
12/27/2017
As we approach year end, our EDB team was inspired to take a look back at our blog posts from the year and see what topics resonated the most with our readers. Here is a Top 10 recap of your favorites from 2017. 10. Pgpool II Keeps Pace With Demands of Today’s Architectures and Workloads This blog...

MVCC and VACUUM

By Robert Haas
12/19/2017
Experienced PostgreSQL users and developers rattle off the terms “MVCC” and “VACUUM” as if everyone should know what they are and how they work, but in fact many people don’t. This blog post is my attempt to explain what MVCC is and why PostgreSQL uses it, what VACUUM is and how it works, and why...

Master Your Database Domain

By Devrim Gündüz
12/15/2017
The increasing deployment of Postgres has brought about new demands for features, capabilities, and tools from developers and database administrators. As the leading Postgres database platform company, EnterpriseDB ® (EDB™) works closely with customers to respond to their emerging needs. One of the...

Be Sure to Stop Your Backups!

By Richard Yen
12/12/2017
This article is about using pg_stop_backup() when setting up Streaming Replication. It is not an article about backup/restore methodology or policy. Introduction In a recent support case, I came across a customer who used a clever way to create streaming replication base backups–by taking a Google...

Postgres vs. PostgreSQL

12/7/2017
I have been with the project long enough to remember how the project got the name "PostgreSQL". In 1996, we inherited the name "Postgres95" from the Berkeley team's remaining member Jolly Chen. Obviously the Postgres95 name wasn't going to last long-term, so a new name had to be chosen. We could...

4 Tips for Postgres Administration

By Bruce Momjian
12/5/2017
Postgres Alerts It is cool to be able to stare at colorful graphs to see what Postgres is doing, but sometimes you just want to setup something, walk away, and be informed when there is problem. That is what check_postgres and tail_n_mail are designed to do. check_postgres is a script designed to...

PERCENT_RANK Vs. CUMM_DIST

By Bruce Momjian
11/14/2017
During research for my Postgres Window Magic talk, I studied the unusual behavior of percent_rank and cumm_dist ( cumulative distribution ). The Postgres documentation wasn't helpful. I finally came up with this paragraph to add to the Postgres 10 docs: cume_dist computes the fraction of partition...

Amazon RDS and Aurora: The Golden Arches of Postgres?

By Keith Alsheimer
11/9/2017
Would Beyoncé still be Beyoncé if she couldn’t sing? She would of course technically be the same person, but think of how different her life would be based on whatever career choice her other skills might define. The same is true for Postgres. If you take away its most powerful and unique...

Storing the Original Time Zone

By Bruce Momjian
11/7/2017
In a previous blog entry I suggested storing the original time zone offset in a separate column if clients need to know the stored time in the original time zone. There is some more complexity to this issue that I would like to cover. First, when I suggested using select extract(timezone from...