Why open source database management is preferred by organizations

Open source software is often known to be cheaper, more flexible, and more durable than other proprietary software. Many developers have worked and continue to work on open source tools, as the open source community allows anyone to work, modify, or distribute code as they see fit.

Today, open source has become a movement by which it uses values ​​and decentralized production models to find new ways to solve problems in communication and in various sectors. While primarily designed for and by the open community, companies like RedHat and EnterpriseDB have been advocating for open source solutions for a very long time now. The Open Source State Enterprise Report by RedHat shows that 90% of IT managers are using enterprise open source and 79% are also seeing an increase in enterprise use of open source for new technologies over the next two years.

For enterprise class open source databases, PostgreSQL has become a very stable cloud native database management system. With over 20 years of community development, PostgreSQL has contributed to high levels of resilience, integrity, and accuracy. Many web, mobile, geospatial, and analytical applications use PostgreSQL as their primary data store or data warehouse.

As of June 2021, the world’s most popular database management system was Oracle, with MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server completing the top three. Although the database management industry contains some of the largest companies in the tech industry such as Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM, a number of free and open source DBMSs such as PostgreSQL and Apache Cassandra remain very competitive. The developers of PostgreSQL believe the trend will continue with greater market adoption in the years to come, especially in North America and Europe, with Asia also seeing higher adoption.

While commercial databases like those from Oracle and Microsoft are robust and reliable, some organizations find them unsuitable for modern environments due to their size and complexity. As cloud spending and container adoption is expected to increase over the next few years, businesses need agile databases that thrive in these modern computing environments.

PostgreSQL scales easily and is flexible enough to meet the evolving database needs of many organizations, with the myriad data types and data processing needs that exist today. Cloud native databases like Cloud Native Postgres remove the need for external tools otherwise required to operate within Kubernetes and allow a direct connection between the Postgres database and modern environments. It’s built from the ground up with cloud native principles in mind, it combines the best of traditional and agile databases.

Open source databases are gaining ground for database management (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER / AFP)

Reduce costs, be flexible and innovative with database management

Marc Linster is the CTO of EnterpriseDB. He and his team of PostgreSQL experts work with key customers and strategic partners to provide strategic technical direction, visionary thought leadership, and leverage key technology trends to drive business growth. According to Linster, businesses are facing exponential growth in data by reducing the costs of data storage and management. Compared to commercial databases, the cost of supporting open source with the right tools is a tenth of what businesses traditionally pay.

Besides reducing costs, companies also need to improve the flexibility of their data. Linster explained to TechHQ that traditional licensing agreements are extremely restrictive. For example, some features are only available by the provider itself compared to PostgreSQL which runs everywhere.

“If you look at it today, PostgreSQL has become the lingua franca for databases in the cloud because they work everywhere. PostgreSQL provides a neutral interface layer for the operating system. And so it can run on Linux, Windows, pretty much anything. Thus, PostgreSQL gives both license and technical flexibility to organizations. We have customers who ask their teams to use the PostgreSQL API because they can run them anywhere. We can develop in containers and deploy in containers. We can deploy in Google, Alibaba, anywhere because PostgreSQL is everywhere, ”Linster explained.

Marc Linster, Chief Technology Officer of EnterpriseDB

At the same time, innovation is also important, especially with data that comes in various forms today. From IoT data to geospatial data, the PostgreSQL object-relational framework makes it possible to define new types of data with their operators. Other databases can also do this, but only PostgreSQL can easily integrate it into the Sequence Query Language.

“All of these information flows can be stored and managed in the same environment. I’m not saying it’s a big database but in the same method, same check-in and recovery process, same deployment process, etc. If I need a new GIS system, get my current team up and run it. If I need a new system to capture IoT data, that can also be done. This flexibility, low cost and innovation is what organizations need to manage their data, ”said Marc.

Manage Kubernetes with PostgreSQL

As mentioned earlier, cloud-native PostgreSQL manages PostgreSQL workloads on any supported Kubernetes cluster running on private, public, or hybrid cloud environments. Since PostgreSQL works well with containers, Kubernetes has provided the capabilities to manage and deploy containers flexibly. Kubernetes has gotten smart enough to keep database clusters up and running. Applications that reside in the same Kubernetes cluster can access the PostgreSQL database using an operator-only service, without having to worry about primary role changes following a failover or failover.

“Kubernetes gave us the ability to have a deployment and management system that works on every cloud. As PostgreSQL supports all clouds, the solution is perfect for businesses because it is cheap, flexible and innovative, and is also able to run anywhere, eliminating complex lifecycle methods that slow it down. For example, in the past it took a week or more to get a new database. Today, if it takes longer than an hour, IT teams would think about what went wrong because they could end up losing to their competition, ”Linster added.

Ultimately, the cost, flexibility, and innovation of PostgreSQL drives businesses to make the most of the value they can get from an open source database. As EnterpriseDB’s Linster says, more and more companies are looking beyond cost benefits alone. They want to give their developers the freedom to try and develop new applications without limiting themselves to the tools at their disposal. The excitement of using tools to innovate and be flexible without worrying about licensing issues is what drives open source developers and makes PostgreSQL the best option.

Aaron Raj

Maria H. Underwood