Interview with EDB
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- In which areas do you expect PostgreSQL to grow most and how does your company contribute to and benefit from that growth?
PostgreSQL's relevance as the world's leading database stems from its rapid innovation and capacity for growth. Today, as businesses undergo significant digital transformation, PostgreSQL is uniquely positioned to meet these new demands. It goes beyond traditional transactional workloads, offering a unified platform capable of handling database, data lake, data warehouse, and AI workloads. This adaptability to the unique needs of modern enterprises is where PostgreSQL shows its true potential and where our company plays a key role in its growth and development, benefiting from its versatility and wide applicability in various technological domains.
- How does PostgreSQL help you bring value to your customers?
Open source mandates, flexible deployment options, risk mitigation and strong security will drive much broader adoption of Postgres this year and next. EDB supports this with built-in Oracle migration capabilities, unmatched Postgres expertise and 24/7 global support. We uniquely empower enterprises to accelerate strategies, move applications to the cloud and build new applications on Postgres.
Our business is built to remove barriers. Some of the biggest companies in the world including Apple, Daimler, Goldman Sachs, and others have already adopted Postgres as their database standard. It’s not a matter of if, but when the majority of enterprises will follow suit.
- What is your PostgreSQL centered product?
As EDB, our PostgreSQL-centered product is a comprehensive suite of enterprise-grade tools and services designed to enhance and support PostgreSQL database management. This includes EDB Postgres Extended (PGE) and EDB Postgres Advanced Server (EPAS), which offer robust enhancements for PostgreSQL, catering to the diverse and evolving needs of enterprises. Our focus is on ensuring PostgreSQL's adaptability for mission-critical applications in regulated environments, providing advanced security features, performance optimization, and seamless cloud integration. Our products are aimed at empowering organizations to leverage PostgreSQL for a wide range of applications, enhancing its functionality while maintaining the core strengths of this leading open-source database.
- Which of your company's contributions to the PostgreSQL Project (code/community/conference) are you most proud of?
EDB is proud of our longstanding history of significant contributions to PostgreSQL, working alongside a rich and robust independent community. Earlier this year, we also made our Postgres training free and accessible to all, reinforcing our commitment to supporting the growth and success of Postgres in the long term.
Our recent contributions to PostgreSQL 15, including the highly anticipated MERGE SQL command, highlight our commitment to enhancing PostgreSQL's capabilities. This command simplifies the migration process from legacy databases to PostgreSQL, making it more accessible for enterprises. PostgreSQL 15 also saw improvements in database security, backup and recovery options, and advanced logical replication capabilities, reinforcing its position as a leading open-source database.
More recently, the EDB Postgres 16 Portfolio release introduced new tools to optimize compliance, performance, security, and Oracle compatibility, demonstrating our ongoing efforts to keep PostgreSQL at the forefront of technological innovation.
- Why does your company attend PostgreSQL Conference Europe?
EDB attends PostgreSQL Conference Europe to engage with the vibrant PostgreSQL community, share insights, and learn about the latest developments in the Postgres ecosystem. Our participation in these conferences underscores our commitment to driving innovation in Postgres and supporting its growth. These events offer a platform for collaboration, where we can both contribute our expertise and gain valuable knowledge from others in the field. This continuous exchange of ideas is essential for staying at the forefront of database technology and ensuring that our PostgreSQL-centered products and services remain cutting-edge and effectively meet the needs of our customers.
- Which interesting things should PGConf.EU attendees expect at your booth?
We are proud members of the Postgres community and therefore want to make sure that we help make its largest annual gathering not only a success but also fun and engaging. Bring your questions to our Postgres experts who will be available for discussion at our booth, or stop by to spin our prize wheel for the chance to win special giveaways.
Additionally, we are hosting a signing session with the authors of the new edition of the “PostgreSQL 16 Administration Cookbook” during the Friday lunch break. This version of the popular Postgres guide is coming fresh off the press and we will give away a free copy to the first 50 attendees who join us for this booth event. We cannot wait to meet our fellow Postgres enthusiasts!