Tuesday Feb 24, 2009

MySQL Named 'Database of the Year' by LinuxQuestions.Org

The members of LinuxQuestions.org have once again selected MySQL as their favorite "Database of the Year".   Thanks to everyone who voted for Sun's open source database!

There's more good news on the MySQL front.  Last week, we passed another impressive milestone:  MySQL 5.1 has now been downloaded more than 2 million times since it initially 'shipped' in late November.

You can download your copy of MySQL 5.1 here.


Sunday Jul 20, 2008

PostgreSQL Community Core Team Member Joins Sun's Database Group

Peter Eisentraut, a long-time and well-known PostgreSQL developer, is joining Sun's Database Group. With more than eight years of active experience in the PostgreSQL community, Peter will help lead Sun's PostgreSQL engineering team and participate in the development of Sun's PostgreSQL offerings.  Through his deep background in consulting, support and engineering, he will play a direct role in driving the growth of Sun's PostgreSQL business. Peter will also help facilitate Sun's participation in the PostgreSQL community development effort, while maintaining his active role as a member of the PostgreSQL core team.

Many of you probably know Peter from his presentations during many PostgreSQL, Linux and other Open Source conferences. Others who speak German might also know Peter from his multiple publications on PostgreSQL and articles in German Linux magazines. He is engaged throughout the Open Source world, including being a Debian developer and package maintainer. Peter will continue his leadership position in the PostgreSQL community, with which Sun maintains a strong relationship and commitment.

We are very excited to have Peter joining us. Welcome aboard!

Friday Feb 23, 2007

Using Solaris 10 and PostgreSQL to Improve Data Warehouse Performance

Wanted to call your attention to an interesting data warehousing customer success story describing one customer's transition to PostgreSQL from Oracle 8i and reasons why they chose to deploy Solaris 10 rather than running Linux for their implementation.

You might note, OmniTI's initial reasons to move to an open source solution from Sun were based on skyrocketing software licensing costs and stability issues they were experiencing at the Linux kernel level. Once this migration was complete they found some other benefits: improved database performance without increased licensing costs and a stable computing environment.

Theo Schlossnagle, OmniTI principal and CTO described the situation in his personal blog, noting Solaris, with its ZFS file system and dynamic tracing (DTrace), does "really mesh well with core database needs".

Rodney Gedda wrote about it for Computerworld: "Sun-PostgreSQL win takes swing at Linux, Oracle - Frequent Linux crashes drove consultant to Solaris" profiling "a large database marketing firm" and its transition from Oracle to PostreSQL and how it chose Solaris 10 over Linux, based on a Sun/OmniTI case study.

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