Asian Cloud Providers Aliyun and KT Offer Postgres

July 23, 2015

Contributed by Fred Dalrymple

It’s official – Postgres is taking the world by storm, and the proof is in the clouds. Bad jokes aside, it’s been a busy month for EnterpriseDB as we roll out new partnerships with major cloud platforms in Asia. The recent collaborations we’ve done with Alibaba’s cloud division Aliyun in China and KT Corp.’s uCloud in South Korea prove the adoption of Postgres is expanding on a global scale.

The growing demand for cloud-based databases is in parallel with overall growth in the segment.

According to a Gartner report, Emerging Market Analysis: China, Nexus of Forces Trends and Opportunities:* “Cloud computing is growing rapidly in China from a small base. Gartner forecasts that the total public cloud market size will reach US$20.7 billion in 2018, from US$5.3 million in 2013 with compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.5%. In line with our forecast, most recent discussions with Chinese cloud service providers indicate that the cloud market is picking up. Demand is coming from all sizes of Chinese enterprises that intend to adopt cloud computing to secure fast provisioning to quickly respond to fluctuations in business needs. Some local cloud service providers, such as China Telecom and Aliyun, have reported achieving early business success."

Our agreement with Aliyun gives Chinese organizations access to a new generation of cloud database service in China by making EDB’s Postgres Plus Advanced Server available to customers. Aliyun is a rising force in China, accounting for nearly a quarter of its market share in H1 2014, according to IDC, and leading the pack as the largest IaaS provider in China. By providing Postgres Plus Advanced Server, Aliyun lets customers choose an enterprise-class database with enhancements for performance, security and database compatibility for Oracle but based on the low-cost open source pricing model.

Another new partnership in the cloud is with the technology services subsidiary of KT Corp., one of the largest telecommunications providers in South Korea and a longtime EDB customer and champion of Postgres. Through this partnership, EDB and KT DS are launching a new database-as-a-service offering featuring Postgres Plus Advanced Server on KT’s uCloud cloud computing environment. With cloud computing becoming a priority in South Korea, exemplified by the March 2015 passing of the Act on Promotion of Cloud Computing and User Protection, this partnership represents the latest development in bringing Postgres in the cloud to the Korean market.

The decisions made by KT DS, Aliyun and others to add EDB Postgres Plus to their platforms demonstrate the shift toward less costly but still reliable open source solutions, and Postgres fits the bill. Recognized as a leader in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems report, EDB offers enterprise-class performance, advanced capabilities – including a powerful combination of unstructured and relational database technologies in a single system – and security at dramatically lower costs. This enables businesses to divert investment from the high license and maintenance fees paid to traditional databases to more strategic IT objectives. EDB also offers the added benefits of database compatibility with Oracle to ease migrations and preserve investments in existing skills and tools.

The relational database industry is transforming as increasing numbers of enterprises are embracing open source database technology – particularly PostgreSQL – for business-critical applications. In fact, according to our “PostgreSQL Adoption Survey 2015,” a biennial survey of open source PostgreSQL users, 77 percent of users are dedicating all new application deployments to PostgreSQL, and 55 percent of users are deploying it for mission-critical applications.

The popularity of Postgres is continuing to rise and the sky’s the limit for growth potential. For information, read our white paper, Postgres Cloud Databases Accelerate Business Success, or contact us.

Fred Dalrymple is Product Manager, Postgres Plus Cloud Database, at EnterpriseDB. 


*Gartner report, Emerging Market Analysis: China, Nexus of Forces Trends and Opportunities, by Tina T. Tang, Vincent Fu, Sandy Shen, Jimmie Chang, Daniel Yuen and Luis Anavitarte, was published September 18, 2014.

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