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May 23, 2016

EnterpriseDB lines up big name support for PostgreSQL platform that simplifies Hadoop & OpenStack use

News: Vendor targets CIOs that see the future as being open source.

By James Nunns

EnterpriseDB’s latest play to become a leading enterprise database vendor has seen the company reveal the EDB Postgres platform.

The open source vendor has chosen to embrace a wide ecosystem of vendors and technologies in order to show that open source is the way forward for enterprise databases.

Marc Linster, SVP products and services, EnterpriseDB, told CBR: "We are appealing to CIOs of larger enterprises who realise open source is here to stay and that open source databases are creating the next wave of innovation."

Conceptually the plan is integrate disparate tools under one umbrella, to make them much more integrated and easier to use. The company has tools that will let the platform integrate with other data platforms such as Hadoop.

The integration suite in the EDB Postgres platform includes tools that support the replication of data and the integration of other solutions such as MongoDB and Hadoop. The tools work so that data is not copied but just shows up as a table in the database.

This is achieved by using Data Adapters that use Foreign Data Wrapper technology, FDW’s are a way of standardising access to remote objects this is meant to speed up the speed of accessing data from different systems.

Linster said: "Instead of saying all data has to live in the same infrastructure, we understand that sometimes data is better off sitting elsewhere."

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The message is basically saying to customers that they are welcome to use other data platforms but have EDB at the core.

The Hadoop work has been completed by working with Hortonworks which certified the ability to connect via Hive.

In addition to the software connections that EDB is making, it has also developed a partner ecosystem with leading hardware vendors such as IBM, HPE, and Dell. This work has seen the companies certify EDB Postgress for high-performance computing environments.

Terri Virnig, VP of Power Software Solutions, IBM said: "The availability of the EDB Postgres Platform on IBM’s Power Systems is an important element of our rapidly expanding Linux on Power ecosystem."

According to IBM the database performs up to 80% better on the Power8 systems than on standard x86 servers.

Some of the features that EDB has integrated into the platform already existed separately and the company has just knitted them together.

New capabilities that have been added include cloud management support for private cloud use, particularly OpenStack.

Linster said that the idea is to simplify management and deployment and to get better access to other vendors, "we don’t live in isolation," he said.

The Cloud Management tool will offer support for self-service provisioning, auto-elasticity, self-healing, load balancing and more in private cloud environments with Red Hat or Community OpenStack Kilo.

Flexibility has been made an integral part of this EDB release with the company also working with cloud partners Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Aliyun (the cloud computing division of Alibaba).

EDB say that this is so that customers have the flexibility to choose an on-premises, cloud, or hybrid cloud deployment model.

The EDB Postgres platform is available via subscription in three editions and can be deployed on bare metal, virtually – including container environments, or in public, private, or hybrid environments.

The three subscription models are EDB Postres Enterprise, EDB Postgres Standard, and EDB Postgres Developer.

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