WEBINAR TODAY: Learn about the latest EnterpriseDB Product Updates with Senior Product Manager Gary Carter

PostgreSQL is the #1 enterprise-class open source database with a feature set comparable to the major proprietary RDBMS vendors and a customer list that spans every industry.  EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus solutions let you confidently develop and deploy PostgreSQL-backed applications that scale all the way from embedded solutions to massive OLTP and data warehouse systems that serve thousands of users.

Join Gary Carter, Senior Product Manager, EnterpriseDB for a webinar covering the latest product updates.

Gary Carter Sr. Product Manager EnterpriseDB

Gary Carter Sr. Product Manager EnterpriseDB

  • Gary’s presentation will review 3 product releases including Postgres Plus Advanced Server v9.2, Postgres Enterprise Manager v3.0 and xDB Replication Server v5.0.
  • Postgres Plus Advanced Server provides performance features, security and Oracle compatibility. Advance Server will give you the additional speed (and bonus ROI) in your working environment.
  • Postgres Enterprise Manager trial became available in November. It is the only tool of its kind where you can manage, monitor, and tune PostgreSQL or Postgres Plus Advanced Server databases from a single graphical console.
  • xDB Replication Server is an asynchronous, multi-master or single master replication system that is easy to install and configure and provides a rich graphical management console. The multi-master system provides enhanced read scalability and write availability while synchronizing data continuously between masters complete with automatic conflict detection and resolution.

Date and time: Thursday, 24 January 2013 16:00 GMT Time (London, GMT)

If you cannot attend the live presentation, you can register and the recording will be emailed to you.

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OPTIMIZING IT RED HAT VIRTUAL EVENT

The Optimizing IT virtual event will showcase Red Hat’s continued commitment to customer success and enterprise innovation. Join Red Hat for the virtual event covering virtualization, cloud computing, storage, and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. Hear updates on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Storage, Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Red Hat CloudForms from customers, partners, and the broader Red Hat ecosystem.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux,
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization,
  • Red Hat Storage,
  • Red Hat OpenShift,
  • Red Hat CloudForms

TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND

  1. TALK TO THE PROS: Access Red Hat experts directly to collaborate and identify the best ways to optimize your IT during both live events.
  2. EASY ACCESS: Attend technology optimization sessions, product update presentations, and hear the latest enhancements from Red Hat partners—all in one place, on your time, from anywhere.
  3. COLLABORATE WITH PEERS: Collaborate and interact with other customers, partners, and accelerated IT professionals.
  4. HEAR IT HERE FIRST: Get ahead of the curve and learn all of the latest enhancements and added value available from your existing Red Hat subscriptions.
  5. BUILD YOUR PLAN: Decide which sessions are best for you and create a plan to optimize your IT.

JOIN ONE OF TWO LIVE SESSIONS

To better serve the Red Hat global ecosystem of partners, customers, and contributors, the live event will be hosted twice.  Sign up for the date and time that best suits you. (All registrants can access both events.)

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Does Open Source Hold The Keys To Innovation In Government?

A new narrative is emerging in government innovation and it goes something like this: Truly great leaps in innovation are almost never possible with monolithic, proprietary approaches to software development, and many small innovations, when taken together, often lead to large, game-changing paradigms.

That was the message delivered by both government and private sector IT professionals at the Red Hat Government Symposium on Oct. 23. The event, sponsored by Red Hat Inc. focused on the importance of transparency, open sharing, and collaboration to the success of the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative, as well as how open source software can help agencies accomplish their missions in a time of dwindling resources.

“When it comes to the questions of innovation, one of the most profound things that we have seen in the world of open source [software] is the power of incremental innovation versus the traditional big-bang theory of innovation,” said Michael Tiemann, vice president of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat (pictured right.)

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Oracle shoots to kill Open Source

In a not-so surprise move, Oracle is holding back test cases in the latest release of MYSQL and appears also to have pulled the revision history.   This move has angered a growing number in the MySQL developer community due to Oracle’s clear continued efforts to further close up the open source software and alienate the community.

MySQL is the popular database used by developers throughout the world.  Oracle gained control of the software distribution when it acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010.

According to a post on MariaDB, MySQL has used a testing framework called mysql-test since 1999. Over the years tests have been built for new features and regression tests that guarantee that a bug fix is permanent. Developers such as those from Facebook and Twitter rely on the testing framework. At Twitter, MySQL serves as the “persistent storage technology behind most Twitter data: the interest graph, timelines, user data and the Tweets themselves.”

For observers, these moves do not look like simple oversights. More so, it appears that Oracle is making its revision tests and histories closed source. It’s not so surprising knowing Oracle and its history.

But it does raise questions for the open source community about what to do as seen in the comments on Hacker News.

With Oracle moving fast to move MySQL to closed source, there are now even more opportunities around migrating from Oracle to EnterpriseDB PostgreSQL, which is the world’s most advanced and independent open source database and has huge support from the developer community.

With hundreds of customers worldwide, including Sony, FTD, hi5 Networks, FAA, Vonage, McKesson, TD Ameritrade and hundreds more, EnterpriseDB has earned the reputation as a trusted technology and business partner.

Postgres is the number one enterprise-class open source database, with a feature set comparable to the major proprietary RDBMS vendors and a customer list that spans every industry. When an organisation makes the move from Oracle’s MySQL to Postgres, they get the best of both worlds: a powerful, no-compromise/feature-rich, open source database that’s as easy to use as MySQL, and a price-tag that’s actually lower than what Oracle charges for MySQL today.

With EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus solutions, organisations can confidently make the move from Oracle’s MySQL and develop Postgres-backed applications that scale all the way from embedded solutions to massive OLTP and terabyte-sized data warehouse systems that serve thousands of users.

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Global Stock Exchanges use Red Hat Linux Enterprise because of its reliability, scalability and performance.

The worldwide financial services industry is a prominent example of Red Hat’s leadership.  Customers in this sector quickly realised the value of open source software and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  Stock exchanges around the world – from NYSE Euronext to the Tokyo Stock Exchange – deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux because of its reliability, scalability and performance.  Today, 28 stock exchanges across 24 countries run Red Hat Enterprise Linux to handle more than 50 percent of the world’s trading volume.

Recommended video interview below with Steve Rubinow, CIO of NYSE Euronext, where he talks about why the NYSE chooses Red Hat solutions for flexibility and reliable, fast-paced performance.

Red Hat take their commitment to meeting the security needs of customers seriously because they know that security is a key evaluation criterion for our customers running high-intensity, mission-critical stock exchange environments. NYSE Euronext turned to Red Hat Enterprise Linux for a high-speed, cost-effective platform that offers freedom from vendor lock-in and strong security capabilities.

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Sony Online Entertainment Replaces Oracle with EnterpriseDB

Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognised worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with millions of gamers around the globe having enjoyed the company’s products over the years. SOE has developed or published many ground-breaking and genre-defining games, including EverQuest®, EverQuest II®, Star Wars Galaxies®, PlanetSide®, The Matrix Online®, and many more.

SOE’s database needs are considerable, and its database applications are the very definition of mission-critical: hundreds of thousands of online users play SOE’s games around the clock, and each game is an extraordinarily database-intensive application. Before SOE selected EnterpriseDB, dozens of Oracle 9i RAC clusters were in use. In addition, SOE deploys databases in its back-office operations and to support its user forum and online auction websites.

Examining its business, SOE found that its Oracle databases were extremely expensive and that Oracle’s licensing practices were inflexible and restrictive. At the same time, the company experienced a constant demand for the creation and maintenance of additional databases. Like many other companies today, SOE hoped that open source software might provide a solution to this business challenge.

Building on a History of Open Source Success
SOE has a history of success with open source software. The company has already successfully deployed Linux, Tomcat, Apache, and Hibernate. As early as 2005, the company began to investigate open source alternatives to Oracle that would have both a lower TCO and greater licensing flexibility.  SOE also sought to leverage their valuable asset of in-house Oracle talent. SOE used four primary criteria in its selection of an open source database:

  • Ability to leverage its existing database administrator and developer talent
  • Ease of moving SOE’s existing Oracle applications to the new database
  • Commercial-grade quality and reliability, including backup and recovery standards, to support mission-critical applications
  • Scalable, high performance execution

EnterpriseDB: A Clear Winner
At the end of a thorough review and selection process, SOE chose Postgres Plus® Advanced Server. An important factor in SOE’s decision was Postgres Plus Advanced Server’s ability to run database applications written for Oracle. SOE found that 80% of the applications it had selected to move from Oracle ran on Postgres Plus Advanced Server with little or no modification and that its Oracle-trained staff could immediately work comfortably and efficiently with Postgres Plus Advanced Server. Another important factor was Postgres Plus Advanced Server’s PostgreSQL foundation, which guaranteed the reliability and stability that SOE required. Finally, Postgres Plus Advanced Server was available for only a small fraction of the cost of Oracle.

From Oracle to EnterpriseDB
SOE has evaluated the move of the massively multiplayer game The Matrix Online from Oracle to Postgres Plus Advanced Server, and the transition is planned for later this year. SOE is very pleased with the results of its testing to date, and it anticipates that new massively multiplayer online games will be deployed on EnterpriseDB in 2009. When the deployments are complete, Postgres Plus Advanced Server will be running on hundreds of SOE servers around the world.

High Availability on Postgres Plus Advanced Server
SOE’s online games require high-availability database solutions. To achieve this, SOE will run Postgres Plus Advanced Server on a multi-node cluster with an idle node available for failover. Tests run by SOE have shown a very reasonable failover time using EnterpriseDB in this configuration when scripted at the operating system level. The renowned stability of PostgreSQL additionally means that Postgres Plus Advanced Server’s failover capability will seldom be needed.

Online Game User Forums on Postgres Plus Advanced Server
SOE uses custom J-Forums to power the user forums for its online games. Previously, SOE used a hosted forum solution that ran on MySQL. When SOE found that the hosted solution couldn’t easily be modified and new features couldn’t easily be added, J-Forum was brought in-house and run on Postgres Plus Advanced Server. The deployment so far has been a resounding success. Half of SOE’s online forums are now live on Postgres Plus Advanced Server, and the remainder will go live on EnterpriseDB in the coming months.

World-Class Technical Support
SOE is receiving terrific technical support from the EnterpriseDB team. Callbacks have been rapid, and the abundance of helpful solutions and example code compares very favorably with the technical support SOE receives from Oracle.

What’s Next for SOE and EnterpriseDB?
SOE is extremely pleased with the success it has already had with EnterpriseDB and plans to continue moving applications from Oracle to Postgres Plus Advanced Server to realize even greater cost savings. SOE’s future massively multiplayer online games are expected to be deployed solely on EnterpriseDB and, within 18 months, hundreds of servers around the world will run Postgres Plus Advanced Server. Open source software from EnterpriseDB has provided SOE with a solution to its business challenge: SOE has found a way to reduce its database TCO by nearly 80% and has realized a licensing flexibility that is critical to its organisation.

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It’s your Virtualization. Not theirs

Virtualization promises many exciting opportunities, such as the potential to enhance productivity while significantly reducing costs. These benefits can be made restricted by the use of complicated proprietary virtualization solutions. The reason for this is although the physical server count and utility costs may reduce, many of the cost benefits are neutralised by the costs applied by proprietary virtualization vendors such as those applied for the use of Virtual memory (VRAM).

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 is a complete virtualization management solution for servers and desktops, and the first enterprise-ready, fully Open Source virtualization platform. Whether you are new to virtualization, exploring the virtues of switching to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization-based solutions, or are making the assessment around Red Hat as a second vendor within your virtualisation strategy, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 represents a true strategic alternative to organisations searching for near native levels of application performance, greater cost savings through the adoption of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 technology compared with other virtualisation vendors and a faster return-on investment (ROI) through the low cost subscription model with no requirement for Licensing and capital expense. All of the above benefits are underpinned with the benefits of Open Source and freedom from vendor lock-in.

Remarkably Affordable
Most proprietary vendors complicate the path to virtualization by offering multiple product editions, all with high upfront procurement costs and confusing maintenance fees. Red Hat offers a single, enterprise-ready edition of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0, under a straightforward and affordable annual subscription model. The subscription is based on the level of support you require and entitles you to software access, product patches, upgrades and access to Red Hat’s Customer Portal. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 is priced on a per-socket basis (for each hypervisor) and offers the lowest TCO and fastest ROI when benchmarked against equivalent proprietary solutions: typically 60-90% less expensive.

Enterprise-ready
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 is an end-to-end virtualization solution, consisting of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 Hypervisor, the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 Manager and a powerful mix of enterprise features and advanced capabilities that match and in some cases surpass those offered by proprietary virtualization solutions. Many competitor offerings are segmented into multiple product editions and require customers to buy add-on products to achieve true enterprise functionality. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 offers High Availability, Live Migration, industry leading Security based on SELinux security standards, an easy-to-use browser-based central management system, and a rich eco-system of certified hardware and software partners through a single product.

Fast and Scalable
The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 hypervisor combines the power of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Kernel with Kernel based Virtual Machine Technology (KVM); making the Linux Kernel a high speed enterprise-ready hypervisor. Deployable as a standalone, bare-metal hypervisor, or as a standalone instance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux running as a hypervisor host, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 dominates the independent, industry standard benchmark for virtualization. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 provides great cross-platform performance, is ideal for mission-critical Microsoft Windows workloads and is the obvious choice for Linux environments.

Many organisations enter into virtualization without considering their future requirements and soon realise that scaling-up proprietary solutions can be complicated and costly. With a single enterprise-ready edition of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 and a subscription model that stays the same each year, Red Hat makes cost forecasting predictable and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 affordably scalable.

You will find the below video useful as an overview of the Red Hat Virtualization 3.0 with representatives from IBM, HP, CISCO and Intel giving their full support.

Why Choose Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0?
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 offers compelling value by matching the core enterprise functionality of proprietary virtualization solutions, at a price that can be up to 90% less expensive. For more information about Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0, or to discover how Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 compares on performance and affordability when benchmarked against leading virtualization solutions.

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Database-as-a-service environments now a viable option for organisations

Postgres Plus Cloud Database allows service providers and organisations to offer elastic and highly scalable database-as-a-service (DBaaS) environments while freeing DBAs and application developers from the rigors of setting up and administering modern and robust database environments.

In minutes, Cloud Database configures new Postgres database clusters with:

  • Rotating user-scheduled backups
  • Streaming replication
  • Self-healing high-availability
  • Automatic failover
  • Load balancing

EnterpriseDB have compiled a guide that demonstrates how to use the Cloud Database interface successfully in your cloud-based database management activities.

To download the PDF and request information on EnterpriseDB and other technology solutions for business, including where you can purchase from, please complete the following form: http://bitly.com/xfXrbk

Help at hand with responding to changing demands of your organisation

Virtualisation offers significant opportunities to help you respond to the changing demands your organisation faces. The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Accelerator Service helps you rapidly deploy virtualisation in your infrastructure and optimise its performance with the help of Red Hat’s technical expertise and proven best practices, ensuring maximum benefits from your investment.

The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Accelerator service delivers a standard configuration of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers so that you can accelerate deployment of virtual machine guests. This short-term consulting engagement lets you take advantage of the deep product knowledge and experience that Red Hat consultants have installing Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Server according to proven methods.

Red Hat have compiled a white paper on the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation Accelerator service with an overview of the service along with the benefits and requirements.

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EnterpriseDB PostgreSQL Administration Training

Reserve your seat for PostgreSQL classroom training starting on February 13th in the London-area. If you are interested in developing your skills in PostgreSQL, if you have a current PostgreSQL project or if you’re looking for alternatives to costly proprietary databases, this training is for you. It is designed to give you a thorough introduction to PostgreSQL administration and to build your skills with advanced administration sessions.

EnterpriseDB have teamed up with UK distributor, Interactive Ideas Ltd, to offer this PostgreSQL training, which will cover the following topics:

Overall architecture | configuration | management | monitoring | back ups | recovery | replication | high availability | performance tuning and much more

To find out more details and register go to:  http://bitly.com/A7RFrw