PostgreSQL Provides Oracle Itanium Option

Michael Vizard
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Customers Weigh In on Oracle Itanium Controversy

It's pretty clear that many IT organizations are dubious of Oracle's motives.

Looking to exploit growing unrest within the Oracle database customer base, the folks at EnterpriseDB announced today that the open source PostgreSQL database that is compatible with Oracle applications is now supported on the Intel Itanium servers running HP-UX from Hewlett-Packard.

Since Oracle announced that it no longer plans to support the Intel Itanium platform for either its namesake database or MySQL database, questions have emerged concerning Oracle's overall strategy in the wake of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

According to Sean Doherty, vice president of business development for EnterpriseDB, a provider of commercial support services for PostgreSQL, this has resulted in a spike in interest in the PostgreSQL database, especially among customers running Oracle on Itanium processors.

There are a lot of costs involved when it comes to replacing a provider of core software infrastructure. But Doherty says that customers who are actively looking for an alternative will find that PostgreSQL is the path of least resistance given its existing ability to support Oracle applications. In fact, IBM licensed that technology for use in its DB2 offering.

Whether unrest with the Oracle database customers reaches a level where customers are angered enough to replace Oracle as their database vendor remains to be seen. But as Doherty notes, open source software can go a long way to mitigating a lot of those costs.

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