The EDB Postgres Platform is the first integrated open source-based database management platform that brings together all of the components required for managing structured and unstructured data in a single platform. The 2017 version of the platform enables organizations to improve decision-making, explore new revenue opportunities, and boost productivity with better support for advanced analytics and data integration.
“EnterpriseDB has set a new standard in digital business by giving enterprises the capabilities, performance, and reliability they need with the flexibility and ease of provisioning required by modern DevOps,” said Marc Linster, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Product Development, EnterpriseDB. “The EDB Postgres Platform 2017 elevates the performance and capabilities of integrated tools designed specifically for high-performance Postgres infrastructures. The result is a more powerful and better-integrated architecture capable of supporting the demanding and complex workloads of today’s digital business applications.”
The new EDB Postgres Platform 2017 features technology enhancements that enable enterprises to:
- Support more challenging workloads and complex analytics;
- Manage larger, multi-terabyte data sets more easily;
- Build more flexible database clusters that support geographically distributed workloads; and
- Integrate more easily with legacy systems, and migrate a greater range of workloads from Oracle® through advances to our compatibility technology.
EDB Postgres: Quantifying Success
EnterpriseDB’s research and development investments in the new EDB Postgres Platform 2017 directly address the challenges facing many organizations as they move ahead with their digital initiatives.
“Organizations are seeking agile, flexible data management solutions that extract and deliver competitive business value from today's data deluge,” said Terri Virnig, IBM Vice President of Power Ecosystem and Strategy. "We believe that the EDB Postgres Platform provides the speed, scale, and reliability needed to help clients advance their digital transformation initiatives, and we're pleased to offer IBM Power Systems as a high-performance server solution to maximize client value."
Achieving digital transformation helps organizations realize new levels of data integration and insight. Recent research quantifies the success that organizations can realize by digitally transforming their infrastructures. Harvard Business Review recently outlined in What Companies on the Right Side of the Digital Business Divide Have in Common a research initiative that examined 344 enterprises listed on U.S. stock exchanges with a median revenue of $3.4 billion across multiple major industries. Based on three-year averages, digital leaders (the top 25 percent of companies) had 55 percent gross margins compared to 37 percent for digital laggards (the bottom 25 percent of companies). The same pattern held for operating and profit margins. It is clear that companies must overcome any challenges and drive towards becoming digital leaders or face the consequences.
The article states: “Our research indicates that these leaders approach the digital opportunity with a different strategic mindset and execute on the opportunity with a different operating model. Data and analytics are obviously key. Leading organizations are more likely to have a comprehensive data acquisition strategy and differentiate themselves from competitors based on their data platform.”
EDB Postgres: The New Standard for Digital Business
The EDB Postgres Platform has achieved widespread market acceptance from the Fortune 500 and Forbes Global 2000 across a range of industries, including information technology, insurance, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, and telecommunications.
In the telecommunications industry, for example, competitive pressures have brought profound change as telecom companies see a non-stop rise in new digital devices and changing business models for delivering services, while traditional voice and messaging products have become commoditized, pushing prices downward. As a result, telecommunications companies have been aggressive in their adoption of open source technologies to modernize operations; find greater efficiencies and flexibility; reduce vendor lock-in to function with greater agility; and cut costs.
EnterpriseDB is a partner to many major telecommunications companies worldwide, including one of the largest regional wireless carriers in the United States (“Carrier”). The Carrier launched a corporate initiative to adopt more open source software for many of the same reasons as others in the telecom industry. As its first candidate for an open source-based software solution in the data center, the Carrier chose to migrate a 100TB mission-critical application from its legacy system, Oracle® Exadata, to the EDB Postgres Platform and Cloudera (Hadoop).
The migration from Oracle to the EDB Postgres Platform reduced the cost of running the application by several million dollars because it replaced the costly legacy system with the EDB Postgres Platform and Cloudera, both of which are low-cost, open source-based data management solutions. The migration was completed in two weeks with EnterpriseDB managing the project to ensure its rapid success.
EDB Postgres: Key Updates
The EDB Postgres Platform enables integration across different databases, and also supports combining unstructured data from NoSQL solutions with transactional data in structured and relational systems. The platform includes the choice of two 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. Below are the key advancements and updates in the 2017 version:
- EDB Postgres™ Advanced Server 9.6: Performance enhancements and advances in horizontal and vertical scalability give the database greater capacity to support larger, more complex analytical workloads. The parallel query feature in EDB Postgres Advanced Server 9.6 allows customers to combine traditional, transactional operations with analytics. EDB Postgres Advanced Server also features advances in synchronized data replication for greater scale out performance as well as high availability. The result is that organizations can now deploy EDB Postgres Advanced Server to support workloads with higher transaction rates, larger databases, and more analytical demands. In addition, EDB Postgres Advanced Server now features DBMS_AQ, a DBMS Advanced Queuing capability like that of Oracle that facilitates messaging between applications. Transactional systems, for example, are better able to communicate with shipping, inventory, and supply chain systems because of DBMS_AQ. EnterpriseDB developed DBMS_AQ in such a way that is compatible with Oracle for organizations migrating databases. However, all organizations will enjoy easier application integration because of this functionality whether or not they use Oracle or migrate from Oracle. EDB Postgres Advanced Server 9.6 also features nested sub-procedures, and Oracle-style parallel hints.
- EDB Postgres™ Replication Server 6.1: Part of the Integration Suite, EDB Postgres Replication Server 6.1 is integrated into the EDB Postgres Platform 2017. Updates to the tool enhance performance for synchronization across multiple geographies, a critical feature for today’s digital business applications. With new enhancements, EDB Postgres Replication Server is now compatible with Oracle 12c and SQL Server 2012 and 2014, creating greater opportunities for those users to leverage EDB Postgres. As companies use replication more strategically with their architectures and applications, they have begun to require replication tools with greater performance and flexibility. The advances EnterpriseDB developed for the database and tools address these new demands.
- EDB Postgres™ Backup and Recovery 2.0: Also integrated into the EDB Postgres Platform as part of the Management Suite of tools, the EDB Postgres Backup and Recovery 2.0 tool features new enhancements aimed at the database administrator. New precision controls greatly ease and speed processes for DBAs who manage increasingly more complex, distributed infrastructures and work to ensure consistent uptime. One of the new features, for example, is incremental backup at the block level, which diminishes the time required for backups from many hours to a small fraction thereof by backing up just what was changed since the prior backup. This gives DBAs much greater flexibility to test different backup scenarios.
EDB Postgres: Pricing, Availability, and Software Downloads
The EDB Postgres Platform 2017 is available as a subscription that includes all data management solution components, support, software upgrades, and access to much of the EDB Postgres partner network. The EDB Postgres Platform can be deployed on bare metal; virtually, including container environments; or in a public, private and/or hybrid cloud environment. EDB Postgres is open source- and standards-based, and runs on all major operating systems, including various distributions of Linux and Windows.
Learn more about the EDB Postgres Platform 2017 during the February 23 webinar Advances in Postgres Set New Digital Business Standard:
 Robert Brock, Marco Iansiti, and Karim R. Lakhani, What Companies on the Right Side of the Digital Divide Have in Common (Harv. Bus. Rev., Jan. 31, 2017).