EnterpriseDB Ships PostgreSQL-Based Database

The company's announcements include the hire of three well-known developers and the creation of a PostgreSQL community committee.

EnterpriseDB announced at LinuxWorld on Tuesday that it is rolling out the final version of its PostgreSQL-based enterprise database and that it has reeled in a number of the worlds foremost PostgreSQL developers.

EnterpriseDB Corp. came out of stealth mode in May, rolling out a beta version of its flagship EnterpriseDB 2005 database.

The database, which the company seeks to position as the enterprise-class database of choice, supports high-volume applications and update-intensive situations.

It delivers Oracle compatibility and performance enhancements over its open-source base, PostgreSQL.

"We spent this summers beta program ensuring the quality and completeness of our product, which is now 100 percent production-ready," said EnterpriseDB CEO Andy Astor in a statement.

"Even before we finished, we announced software quality test results that were 10 times better than MySQLs and a hundred times better than average commercial code. Combined with the aggressive pricing we announced today, EnterpriseDB 2005 should be a top consideration for every enterprise, especially those seeking to leverage previous Oracle investments," he said.

Astor said that the beta of EnterpriseDB 2005 had been downloaded close to 20,000 times as of last week.

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In personnel news, EnterpriseDB has hired Alvaro Herrera, David Cramer and Jonah Harris. Herrera is well known as a top PostgreSQL developer, having contributed many of PostgreSQLs enterprise-class features, including two-phase commit in Version 8.1.

Cramer is a leading developer of the PostgreSQL Java API, and Harris is a longtime proponent of Oracle compatibility in the PostgreSQL community.

Astor said that Herrera is now working on two-face commit, which allows distributed transactions to occur between heterogeneous databases.

The developers will still spend a "significant" portion of their time on community work for PostgreSQL, as well as working on EnterpriseDBs commercialized version of the database, Astor said.

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The company is also leading the creation of a PostgreSQL community committee to develop ANSI-standard stored procedures and triggers for PostgreSQL, Astor said. EnterpriseDBs Denis Lussier will chair the new committee as it works to help PostgreSQL remain the most ANSI-compatible database in the world.

EnterpriseDB 2005 is free for evaluation, development and low-volume deployments. The free license includes unlimited Web-based technical support. Enterprise software licenses and technical support are available in three tiers: Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The Silver tier, which costs $1,000 per CPU per year, provides a software update and patch service, unlimited e-mail and Web support, and business-day telephone support.

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The Gold tier, which costs $3,000 per CPU per year, adds faster response for e-mail support and 24/7 telephone support. The Platinum tier, which costs $5,000 per CPU per year, adds a perpetual software license, a designated technical account manager, intellectual property indemnification and on-request production tuning.

For licensing purposes, EnterpriseDB defines a CPU as one socket, regardless of whether its dual-core.

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