Sony Online Entertainment deploys EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Advanced Server to power the new Free Realms massively multiplayer online role-playing game

Date -2009-03-24

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METUCHEN, N.J., March 24, 2009 - EnterpriseDB, the leading enterprise open source database company, today announced that Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is using EnterpriseDB's award-winning Postgres Plus Advanced Server database to power its new massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Free Realms. The free online virtual world for all members of the family has entered closed beta and is currently accepting applications for beta testers at More information about EnterpriseDB and free downloads of EnterpriseDB's award-winning Postgres Plus products are available at

Postgres Plus Advanced Server stores all data related to Free Realms' real-time operations, including characters' coordinates, weapons, pets, progression ability, user configurations, and levels. Free Realms is designed to handle millions of players, and the hundreds of gigabytes of data storage and millions of database transactions that would be associated with such a large player base.

A principal reason for SOE's original selection of Postgres Plus Advanced Server was the database's ability to run applications written for its existing third-party proprietary database solutions at a small fraction of the cost. With Free Realms, SOE is also extensively leveraging Postgres Plus Advanced Server's transaction processing and scaling strengths.

"Database scalability and reliability are two critical MMORPG requirements," said Anand Rao, director, data services, SOE. "EnterpriseDB leverages the rock-solid stability and ready scalability of the open source PostgreSQL database to deliver the performance we require at a cost far below proprietary alternatives."

"Since selecting EnterpriseDB three years ago, SOE has been an ideal customer, providing invaluable input on enterprises' real-world requirements for database compatibility, scalability, and performance," said Ed Boyajian, chief executive officer, EnterpriseDB. "We are pleased to provide a key enabling technology for Free Realms, and we're looking forward to continuing our close working relationship with SOE."

About Free Realms

Free Realms is a brand new 3D virtual world where kids, families and gamers of all ages can connect and play online in a safe, fun and family friendly environment. With so much to do and see in Free Realms, players will be able to tailor their experience and play how they want with a wide variety of options like character customizations, gameplay features, as well as social networking.

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 Metuchen, N.J. For more information, please call +1-732-331-1300 or visit

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