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!

Monday Feb 04, 2008

Hot off the presses - PostgreSQL version 8.3 is released

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group today announced the release of version 8.3 which includes a number of new and improved features that will enhance PostgreSQL of  application designers, database admins, and users with more than 280 patches created by PostgreSQL contributors from 18 countries. 

What folks are saying about PostgreSQL:

  • After testing 8.3 for a few months, we are impressed and confident enough to deploy it at cityvox.fr on the day of release.
            -- Guillaume Smet, CTO, Open Wide - Information Systems
  • We process over 18,000 queries per second on over 300GB of user data on our PostgreSQL servers, and those numbers go up every month. We're very excited about HOT, shared buffer scan improvements and integrated tsearch indexing. Preliminary testing shows that 8.3 will improve our database load profile while decreasing response times. We're really looking forward to it. 
            -- Gavin Roy, CTO of social networking site MyYearbook.com
  • The continued evolution of the open source PostgreSQL database gives users the option of deploying a non proprietary database, allowing them to save money, improve performance and increase productivity. Sun is committed to the success of PostgreSQL on OpenSolaris - running on all of our x64 and Sun SPARC servers, as well as on Dell, HP and IBM hardware - and we offer a variety of education and support offerings for customers seeking to deploy PostgreSQL. PostgreSQL 8.3 is an impressive new release and we encourage customers around the world to explore it.
            -- Rich Green, Executive Vice President of software at Sun Microsystems.

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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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