Open-Source DB PostgreSQL Polishes its Rough Edges
PostgreSQL upgrade looks to turn up the heat on its commercial database rivals.Seizing momentum on the growing popularity of open-source software, PGDG is working out the kinks in its PostgreSQL open-source object relational database software. This week the PostgreSQL Global Development Group announced the availability and a number of enhancements within Version 7.4 of the PostgreSQL Object Relational Database Management System. The upgrade polishes the "rough edges" of PostgreSQLs previous incarnations, said Bruce Momjian, core developer with the New York-based PGDG. PostgreSQL 7.4 features optimization tuning for systems running Advanced Micro Devices Inc.s 64-bit Opteron processor. In addition, Momjian said the software upgrade includes thread-safe embedded-C, improved index maintenance tools to monitor free space, support of full-text indexing, and overhauled Secure Sockets Layer protection.
Anticipating a move to PostgreSQL 7.4 in the near future, Richard Welty, owner of Averill Park Networking, a consulting firm in Averill Park, N.Y., said that performance issues have been addressed in the new software release. However, Welty noted that trouble spots such as point-in-time recovery and lack of mature replication capability still require attention.