Open source database survey shows strong PostgreSQL adoption in enterprises

Date -2008-07-22

Open Source Database Survey Shows b PostgreSQL Adoption in Enterprises


Survey Reveals PostgreSQL Selected for Transactional Applications; Users Choose PostgreSQL for its High Reliability


PORTLAND, Ore., O'REILLY OPEN SOURCE CONVENTION, Jul. 22, 2008 - EnterpriseDB, the leading enterprise open source database company, announced today the results of the company's 2008 Open Source Database Survey, which collected the opinions of 500 corporate IT leaders on topics related to enterprise adoption of open source databases. Among other findings, the survey showed that respondents using PostgreSQL selected the database mainly for transactional applications twice as often as respondents using other open source databases. Also, a far greater percentage of respondents selected PostgreSQL for its high reliability. An executive summary of the survey findings is available as a free download at More information about PostgreSQL and free downloads of Postgres Plus, EnterpriseDB's open source, pre-configured distribution of PostgreSQL, is available at

PostgreSQL Chosen for Transactional Applications

The 2008 Open Source Database Survey results support the popular understanding that PostgreSQL is more suitable for transaction-intensive applications than other open source databases. Respondents using PostgreSQL selected the database mainly for transactional applications twice as often (38% of PostgreSQL respondents) as respondents using other open source databases (19% of respondents).

PostgreSQL Selected for High Reliability and Replacement Applications

38% of surveyed PostgreSQL users selected PostgreSQL for its high reliability, while just 19% of alternative open source database users gave that reason for their database selection. The survey findings also show that PostgreSQL users have migrated existing applications from other databases approximately half the time, while users of other open source databases have done so in just one out of three cases.

b Demand Exists for Open Source Database Education and Training

In addition, the survey revealed that "lack of in-house knowledge" is by far the biggest inhibitor of enterprise open source database adoption. Only one in ten survey respondents reported corporate policies prohibiting the use of open source databases.

"The 2008 Open Source Database Survey confirmed the widespread perception that PostgreSQL's performance, scalability, and reliability are driving its enterprise adoption," said Bob Zurek, chief technology officer, EnterpriseDB. "EnterpriseDB will be working in the coming months to provide the kind of education and training the survey has indicated will further accelerate that adoption."

About EnterpriseDB

EnterpriseDB is the leading provider of 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 Edison, N.J. For more information, please call +1-732-331-1300 or visit

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