The buzz surrounding the cloud is ringing louder and louder throughout the enterprise, from the boardroom to business line decision-makers to IT. The question here is, "What is a developer to do when selecting a cloud database?" For most database vendors, the cloud has only meant a new delivery channel for the standard "data center version" of their products. That poses significant challenges and risks for end users trying to take advantage of cloud computing - many are unable to utilize the real utility of the cloud because of limitations of the underlying database.
End users must maneuver a crowded marketplace to find the solutions that are truly optimized for a cloud environment and to be able to take advantage of its benefits. When optimized for the cloud, database-as-a-service promises data portability and mobility, scalability and elasticity, lower costs and ease of use. Whether these promises can truly be realized will depend on the underlying database.
Welcome PostgreSQL, the enterprise-class open source database used by some of the largest companies in the world to handle exceptionally large workloads. PostgreSQL (or just Postgres) has had years of hardening and development by a talented and committed community and fast-growing vendor ecosystem. Consider these four significant advantages of using Postgres in the cloud to deliver on the promise of database as a service.
We're seeing a wide-scale migration to cloud computing across the enterprise. With that growth has come greater clarity in what developers need in a cloudified database. The solutions are expected to deliver lower costs and management ease with even greater functionality because they are taking advantage of the cloud. Finally, vendors are offering a truly cloudified database with Postgres at its core. The flexibility, portability and control that an open source database like Postgres gives to IT and developers are making it the right play for business.
Ed Boyajian is president and CEO of EnterpriseDB, which provides enterprise-class PostgreSQL products and services to help IT organizations succeed with the world's most advanced open source database.