I last wrote on this blog about hardware innovation driving up the cost of Oracle licenses. Because the computing power of a commodity server is soaring, so is the cost of Oracle licenses due to that company’s pricing policies. This has worked out well for us, as government agencies have been turning to PostgreSQL to replace Oracle in growing numbers. But there’s more to that mass migration story than hardware, and today I want to share a glimpse into what some of these agencies experience when turning to us to help them achieve success with PostgreSQL.
Let’s start with slashing database costs by over 90 percent, a scenario documented by a division within the federal government that is charged with evaluating enterprise technologies.
This particular client was exploring a cost-efficient solution for one of its organizations that needed to cut costs but not adversely affect its mission, which meant finding an open source database solution with equivalent or better features than its current, money-eating solution. After evaluating a few alternatives, including MySQL and Oracle, the organization conducting the study found that EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus Advanced Server provided the best performance while significantly cutting costs. When comparing Postgres Plus Advanced Server to Oracle, there was a staggering cost reduction of over 90 percent. Our solution also significantly ranked better on cost and performance than MySQL and a couple of other open source solutions.
We have other terrific stories to tell in the government sector, though as those of you who do business with the feds know well, naming the actual characters is rarely possible. There are a couple of agencies frequently referenced as PostgreSQL users, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the US State Department and the National Weather Service. Suffice to say there are plenty of agencies that use PostgreSQL, many of which look to us to provide support and training for their deployments of community PostgreSQL or our own Postgres Plus Advanced Server.PostgreSQL at the Federal Level: Lessons of Success