Municipal budgets have been under pressure. They must do more with less money so IT managers are looking for alternative database solutions to control their IT costs. PinkRoccade Local Government helps communities develop cloud-based applications based on the EDB Postgres™ Advanced Server from EnterpriseDB© (EDB™).
Local governments rely on a range of different applications to manage data, from property information to utilities to law enforcement. But all of the applications must be able to share data and they must be cost effective. Compounding the challenge facing municipalities is expanding data loads, which are growing by 10% per year. This is driving up costs, both for data management and storage.
PinkRoccade Local Government, the leading provider of business software to governments and healthcare institutions in the Netherlands, developed a solution to the problems of rising costs and expanding data loads. Working in close cooperation with the city of Amsterdam, PinkRoccade developed the Pink Private Cloud. This cloud-based solution consists of several software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and a broker that ensures that the data will be integrated across applications.
By tapping into the open source-based system and cloud-based applications, governments can realize substantial savings. Already, more than 30 government agencies and national organizations use the system, including Child Protective Services.
Call for Open Source
PinkRoccade started developing Pink Private Cloud in 2001 with Oracle comprising the database. After a call from the national government to actively consider open source software for government projects, PinkRoccade also began exploring alternatives. An important requirement of the government in using open source is that these solutions have the same quality and functionally as traditional software. PinkRoccade discovered EDB Postgres Advanced Server from EDB was a compelling alternative.
PinkRoccade has long used Red Hat JBoss and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The addition of EDB Postgres Advanced Server to the open source software stack was a logical step. Moreover, new cloud functionality performed better with EDB Postgres than with Oracle technology. For that reason PinkRoccade Local Government decided to develop all cloud-based applications based on the EDB open source-based Postgres data management platform.
“We are building on an open source stack and the features and capabilities we’ve added to our suite work better on Postgres than on Oracle. Plus, it’s easier to develop on open source software,” said Ferry Dekker, Product Manager of Managed Services and the Pink Private Cloud at PinkRoccade Local Government.
In addition to functional benefits, local governments can therefore also benefit from lower costs. By using EDB Postgres, they no longer pay substantial licensing fees from other suppliers and can dramatically reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) of their IT solutions, Dekker said.
Dekker continued, “Our users have more freedom as well with open source to develop solutions on their own that can share data with other solutions over our Pink Private Cloud.”
Benefits of EDB Postgres
For its EDB Postgres family of database products, EDB integrates enterprise-class performance, security and database compatibility features into the open source PostgreSQL. In addition, EDB provides support and services for Postgres, which many enterprises and government require when using open source and open source-based software for mission critical applications and sensitive personal data.
“Because we deal with critical information, we need excellent support,” said Dekker. “It’s very important that you have a good partner as EDB, if you use open source solutions. Because we do not pay license fees, but only support costs, total spending is only a fraction of what a municipality would pay for a database from IBM©, Oracle© or Microsoft©.”