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IBM and EnterpriseDB Postgres Plus

  1. 1. IBM and EnterpriseDB Postgres PlusEnterpriseDB Postgres PlusThe blue/white elephant logo of the PostgreSQL RDBMS in SVG format. (Photo credit:Wikipedia)PostgreSQL is the #1 enterprise-class open source database with a feature set comparable tothe major proprietary RDBMS vendors and a customer list that spans every industry. Thesolutions of EnterpriseDB Postgres Plus let you confidently develop and deploy PostgreSQL-backed applications that scale all the way from embedded solutions to massive OLTP and datawarehouse systems that serve thousands of users.With EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus solutions you get: The industry’s most proven, secure, and feature rich open source OLTP database Oracle features, including powerful PL/SQL development without the Oracle price tag Language support and tools for today’s database developer that outpaces most other databases Heterogeneous database connectivity, migration, and replication to/from PostgreSQL and many other RDBMS’s that are easy to set up and use Cost savings that can’t be ignoredRecently IBM showed some interest in the EnterpriseDB solutions and I found an interestingarticle on EzineArticles that describes IBM’s involvement with Enterprise DB. I have 1/3
  2. 2. re-published it below for your convenience.IBM Takes Its Chances with EnterpriseDBBy Lora BentleyQuestion: Not long ago, you announced that IBM joined existing investors for EnterpriseDB’sthird round of venture funding. Why did IBM get involved this time?Astor: IBM does not typically invest in companies. They do invest in open source projects fromtime to time, but I think they saw an opportunity with us. They’ve got their Linux bet made.They’ve got their Apache bet made. They’ve got their Geronimo bet and their Eclipse bet, allthe way up the stack, but they haven’t really made a statement about the database yet.With Sun’s recent acquisition of MySQL and the fact that IBM is a big fan of trulyenterprise-class open source technology – particularly when it’s mature and there’s relativelylittle differentiation among vendors, I think it just made a whole lot of sense for IBM to place abet and take a small stake in EnterpriseDB to get involved and impact the Postgres community.EnterpriseDB has emerged over the last couple of years as the leading Postgres company. Isay that because we have more core team members and committers and thought leaders, andwe are developing more features for the community than any other company. Looking for a wayto invest in Postgres, I think it just made sense for IBM to come and chat with us.Question: If I may ask, did EnterpriseDB approach IBM, or did IBM approach EnterpriseDB?Astor: I think it’s fair to say that IBM contacted us to engage in partnership conversations,which we engaged in happily, and when we let them know that we were raising a Series C, theyhad some interest in participating in that. That is pretty rare, by the way. They don’t generallyinvest in companies.But we were very interested, frankly, in having their brand behind us. I think it helpstremendously for a young company to be endorsed, if you will, by IBM, and they get toparticipate in a very rapidly growing commercial open source company at a bargain price.Question: What does having IBM’s brand behind it do for EnterpriseDB? What doors does itopen?Astor: Recently, MySQL, which is also a very small company but somewhat bigger thanEnterpriseDB, was acquired by a Fortune 500 company. That, I think, changes the way the 2/3
  3. 3. market looks at MySQL. Similarly, I think having IBM invest in EnterpriseDB changes the way the market looks at us. I think it’s fair to say that the open source database space is really now a two-horse race. The press that we’ve gotten and the interest that we’ve gotten since we made the announcement is indicative of a different place in the market. Article Source: 3/3Powered by TCPDF (