Is PostgreSQL dead at Sun?

Ever since Sun Microsystems acquired MySQL, the most common question  that I had to answer  was "Is PostgreSQL dead at Sun?".  This question was not only raised from just PostgreSQL contributors but also other Sun Employees and  potential customers who may not even know that Sun actually sells PostgreSQL support services

This question will be further fueled with Josh Berkus's departure. (Josh, we will miss you.)  I admit from the period between the announcement of MySQL acquisition till recently, I too had my own doubts. But as Sun enters it new Fiscal Year FY09, and the clear directions from Management has given the right positive goals to the Sun PostgreSQL Team which will lead to Positive Growth, Self Sustaining model and help contribute to the bottom line of Sun. The very first positive outcome of the new year is the hiring of Peter Eisentraut. As Josh mentions in his blog, Peter has lot of actual customer experience specially in migrations from other databases to PostgreSQL. He will bring lot of customer experience to the table to help us focus more on customer needs.


Of course this does not mean that we don't have other challenges in contributing to the bottom line of Sun.  One of the biggest challenges that the Sun PostgreSQL team still has is perception.   Most potential customers are not even aware that Sun actually sells PostgreSQL support. I am just dazed by the comment.. "Didn't Sun buy MySQL? Do they really sell PostgreSQL Support services?" (Hey Peter, do you have a silver bullet for this problem?)

It is important for us to overcome this perception problem this year so that we spend less time marketing that "we exist" and more time on "how do we help with your PostgreSQL problems?".

 If you ask me there are many other challenges but I think they deserve their own blog entries. In the mean time .. PostgreSQL is alive and kicking well at Sun and we look forward to a very interesting year with a refined focus.



Comments:

The obvious silver bullet - Jonathan blogs about the various PostgreSQL services we offer at Sun and a road map!

Posted by Madhan Kumar on July 20, 2008 at 09:21 PM EDT #

If Mårten came out with an unequivocal statement around PostgreSQL that would be soothing for most people, even moreso than something than Jonathon IMHO

Posted by Che Kristo on July 20, 2008 at 09:44 PM EDT #

That's like asking, who's more attractive, the undertaker of the corpse.

Posted by Frank N. Stein on July 21, 2008 at 08:18 AM EDT #

PostgreSQL isn't going away anytime soon and with the MySQL acquisition Sun is in an excellent position now to offer the best support for both the #1 and #2 open source databases as well as offer some unique product bundles.

Posted by bayareaguy on July 21, 2008 at 12:03 PM EDT #

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Jignesh Shah is Principal Software Engineer in Application Integration Engineering, Oracle Corporation. AIE enables integration of ISV products including Oracle with Unified Storage Systems. You can also follow me on my blog http://jkshah.blogspot.com

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