With the new version of the company's flagship database, Ingres CEO Roger Burkhardt is looking to win customers with an emphasis on pricing, migration and performance.
Ingres has updated its flagship database with new migration, performance and
security capabilities in the hopes of winning users over from its
Migration is a key focus of the enhancements in Ingres Database 10, starting
with multi-version concurrency control (MVCC) that the company said provides
concurrent access to the database.
"This feature greatly improves the throughput in highly concurrent
environments," said Roger Burkhardt, CEO
of Ingres. "We designed the specifics of our MVCC implementation to ease
migration and believe that application migrations will be much more
straightforward as well as generate higher performance
Ingres 10 also introduces new SQL functions such as IFNULL, GREATER, LESSER
and the new BOOLEAN data-type that users have encountered in migrating
applications to Ingres. In the past, the company has had to "code
around" the absence of those features, Burkhardt told eWEEK.
"We've also added support for JDBC 4.0, again to simplify the migration
process ... [and] invested in a state-of-the-art set of migration tools with a
simple-to-use graphical user interface to ease migration
such as Oracle, MySQL and [Microsoft] SQL Server," he
Part of the company's strategy is to compete with pricing. Recently
announced plans by Oracle to eliminate the Basic
and Silver support options
for MySQL customers in favor of multiyear
agreements create an opportunity, the CEO
"Our investments in Ingres 10 and state-of-the-art migration tools were
made to address the needs of these partners who want an easy, low-risk
migration from Oracle," Burkhardt said.
The price for Ingres 10 is the same as for the previous version.
In the areas of performance
, Ingres has added batch query execution, bulk loading and
column encryption. According to Burkhardt, the company is seeing demand from
two areas-department and midmarket companies dealing with issues around data
warehousing as well as companies that sell information as a business, such as
e-commerce analytic companies.
"Ingres continues to focus on supporting its new migration customers
and strong community of relational database customers with new features and
innovation," he said. "At the same time, the company is breaking into
the analytic database market with its Ingres VectorWise product, which launched
in June of this year. We see this as a huge opportunity considering the
feedback we've received already about price, performance and ease of