March 14, 2007

EnterpriseDB tries PostgreSQL-based Oracle plug-compatibility

Like Greenplum, EnterpriseDB is a PostgreSQL-based DBMS vendor with an interesting story, whose technical merits I don’t yet know enough to judge. In particular, CEO Andy Astor:

Also, EnterpriseDB has added a bunch of tools to PostgreSQL – debugging, DBA, etc. And it provides actual-company customer support, something that seems desirable when using a DBMS. It should also be noted that the product is definitely closed-source, notwithstanding EnterpriseDB’s open-source-like business model and its close ties to the open source community.

Basic stats Andy offers include: EnterpriseDB just started selling in January, 2006. They now have 75 customers, single millions of dollars in sales, 140 people worldwide in six countries.

A lot of these customers are ISVs, looking for a cheaper alternative to bundling Oracle. This echoes Ingres’ story; such new-name business as Ingres has seems to come mainly from ISVs these days. And a few customers are just pure PostgreSQL users, who don’t care about Oracle compatibility but want support.

As for the enterprise customers, Andy cites a variety of replacements of other DBMS, but concedes that many sales are for new and/or proof-of-concept applications. It should also be noted that enterprise customers typically pay on a subscription basis, which obviously depresses current revenue (but does make EnterpriseDB pretty comparable to the substantially larger MySQL, apples-to-apples).


2 Responses to “EnterpriseDB tries PostgreSQL-based Oracle plug-compatibility”

  1. An era of easier database portability? | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on April 22nd, 2009 3:08 am

    […] addressing questions of database portability and transparency, most particularly in the cases of EnterpriseDB, Ants Software, and now also Dataupia. None of those three efforts is very large yet, but so far […]

  2. Comments on the 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on November 8th, 2013 11:47 am

    […] suggests that EnterpriseDB’s Oracle compatibility is something new, when it was actually the company’s whole strategy 6-7 years […]

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