EnterpriseDB Receives High Marks from AQA

Date -2009-12-15

EnterpriseDB Receives High Marks from AQA


Postgres Plus Advanced Server deployed by UK’s largest academic examination board to empower 1000s of users across the UK


WESTFORD, Mass., December 15, 2009 - EnterpriseDB, the enterprise Postgres company, today announced that the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA), the UK’s largest examination board, has selected and deployed Postgres Plus Advanced Server to create a business-critical extranet application. Utilizing Postgres Plus as the database solution for its ‘Examiner Extranet,’ AQA empowers its users with reliable, real-time access to core business data in a secure and highly cost-effective manner, ultimately saving the non-profit organization valuable capital and ongoing operational expenses.

AQA is a registered non-profit charitable organization that provides services to teachers, examiners, moderators and students. It has more than 1,000 permanent staff and over 35,000 teachers, lecturers, advisers and consultants who assist in setting and marking exams for over 3.5 million students annually. By using EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus, AQA was able to considerably reduce the need for expensive printing and shipping of examination materials and deliver real savings in the software licensing and operational costs of the service when contrasted with other database offerings.

Low total cost of ownership and compatibility with existing database infrastructure were two key reasons AQA selected EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus Advanced Server over other open source and proprietary database offerings available to them. For the ‘Examiner Extranet,’ AQA identified that using existing database infrastructure would have been very costly to deploy and maintain. In order to reduce the overall licensing, support and maintenance costs of the new service AQA decided to utilize open source-based solutions as part of the overall project.

“As a non-profit educational charity organization, controlling cost and maintaining the ability to leverage our previous technology investments were critical factors in the selection of EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus Advanced Server,” said Justin Codd, senior database administrator, AQA. “Without utilizing an enterprise-class open source-based database like Postgres Plus, we would have exposed the project to the considerable risk of increased and potentially prohibitive cost.”

Postgres Plus Advanced Server is built on top of the open source PostgreSQL database, the only fully functional open source RDBMS in the market. The PostgreSQL community is over 15 years old and is the only true open source database community. With over 200 active committers, thousands of contributors worldwide and millions of downloads a year, PostgreSQL has emerged as the open source database of choice for corporate IT developers.

“Like many of our customers, AQA needed an extremely cost-effective database solution that allows them to leverage their previous database technology investment,” said Ed Boyajian, president and CEO of EnterpriseDB. “Both the community PostgreSQL offering and our Postgres Plus solutions have been experiencing tremendous growth recently. It won’t be long before Postgres is no longer the best kept secret in the database industry.”

About EnterpriseDB Corporation

EnterpriseDB, the enterprise Postgres company, provides enterprise-class products and services based on PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced open source database. The company's Postgres Plus products are ideally suited for transaction-intensive applications requiring superior performance, massive scalability and compatibility with proprietary database products. EnterpriseDB has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Westford, Mass. For more information, please call +1-978-589-5700, or visit www.enterprisedb.com.

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