EnterpriseDB Announces Strategic Investment by Red Hat; New Postgres Release

EnterpriseDB, a commercial software company supporting the PostgreSQL open source database, announced that Red Hat, an open source products and services vendor, has made a financial investment in EnterpriseDB. The company also said it is releasing a new version of Postgres Plus Standard Server.

"EnterpriseDB has clearly established itself as a leading enterprise Postgres company, which is why Red Hat has chosen to partner with and invest in the company. EnterpriseDB is also working to create customer value through a subscription support model. Clearly, this is a model we see as beneficial," said Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, announcing the investment.

EnterpriseDB provides products and services for the development, deployment and production use of PostgreSQL. EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus products are the company's distributions of PostgreSQL, which include enterprise components, installers and professional documentation.

With this new partnership, EnterpriseDB and Red Hat said they will continue to promote open source infrastructure solutions that emphasize the advantages of using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss and Postgres Plus to deliver lower total-cost-of-ownership. "We believe the database will be the next major area of open source adoption," added EnterpriseDB's president and CEO Ed Boyajian, who previously spent six years at Red Hat as vice president and general manager for North American sales. "Our partnership with Red Hat will accelerate the vision we share-worldwide enterprise adoption of open source IT infrastructure as an alternative to proprietary solutions."

IBM is also an investor in EnterpriseDB, having participated with other investors in EnterpriseDB's $10 million round of Series C venture capital financing in 2008.

Separately, EnterpriseDB announced the release of Postgres Plus Standard Server 8.4. "Version 8.4 includes key features that EnterpriseDB added to the product to make it easier to install, use, and administer on numerous operating system platforms," Larry Alston, vice president of marketing for EnterpriseDB tells 5 Minute Briefing. "The installation process includes JDBC and ODBC drivers, replication capability, connection pooling, and migration wizards. Ease of use is facilitated by migration toolkits that make it easier to move schema and data from MySQL and Oracle databases to PostgreSQL for uses such as operational data stores. And testing has been done on multiple platforms including Red Hat, SUSE Linux, Ubuntu, and Windows."

Another new feature of Postgres Plus Standard Server version 8.4 is known as the StackBuilder Plus & Update Service. Through this management and automation tool, users can easily add new features to the open source core of the database. Based on regular surveys of open source projects, EnterpriseDB selects the features most critical to enterprise customers, acquires the latest source, builds binaries and installers, and tests the integration of the features. In addition, StackBuilder Plus notifies users of available updates and can automate downloads and installations. This greatly reduces the time that DBAs and developers need to spend managing and installing updates.

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