For my first blog post since joining EnterpriseDB, it’s a pleasure to spotlight how open source software has paved a way for more than 40 federal agencies, so far, to slash database costs by 80 to 90 percent with Postgres and our flagship Postgres Plus Advanced Server. We were able to announce our deepening relationship with a major customer segment and point to some our relationships, such as with the FAA, NASA, and multiple agencies throughout the Department of Defense and the intelligence communities.
There are a number of trends driving this increasing uptake of Postgres among government agencies. For one, the quality of the code and recent feature developments has strengthened the value proposition of Postgres so that it’s achieved parity with traditional databases. The security, performance and management enhancements in recent releases since 2010 have advanced Postgres significantly so that any remaining differences now are in esoteric features.
The greater changes have happened across the agencies. Our government is undergoing a massive consolidation effort in the data center. The defense department alone is looking to shrink its data center facilities from 2,900 to just 250 within the next 8-10 years and ultimately wants to consolidate down to the 50. A major component of the consolidation effort is upgrading the hardware. Today’s new servers have become more powerful, and that presents a challenge for agencies. Proprietary software vendors, meanwhile, tie licensing costs to hardware performance so therefore, new servers mean higher fees. Open source software doesn’t work that way. My colleague, Mike Pedone, wrote about this in greater detail in March.
The effort to consolidate data centers has increased interest in the cloud as a way of meeting federal goals. However, proprietary databases have been reluctant to restructure licensing terms for the cloud. What’s worse, proprietary vendors often consider cloud deployments as new systems and that means a whole new license, even when simply moving an existing database onto a cloud system.
Open source software fit naturally in the cloud. It doesn’t mean agencies need to purchase a new license and users pay based on their usage. That has prompted a number of agencies to engage with us in discussions about tapping open source for cloud initiatives.
Now that I’ve come on board at EnterpriseDB to help maneuver the federal landscape, I look forward to sharing additional insight and experiences that help illustrate our expanding presence with government CIOs. Today I can share how we’re accelerating our presence. One day soon I hope to tell you more details about what we’ve achieved.Postgres Helping Federal Agencies Slash Database Costs