Here are 5 takeaways from Postgres Vision 2021, May 22-23. June, may have missed


On two presentation days in June, the participants of the Postgres Vision 2021 explored the latest developments around PostgreSQL and the future of the company database.

The event was covered extensively by theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s live streaming studio, through interviews and articles highlighting Postgres’ vital role in promoting the future of data. Here are five key takeaways from the Postgres Vision 2021 event that you might have missed. (* Disclosed below.)

1. Databases are “hot” now because they can deliver more.

In his interview with theCUBE, Ed Boyajian, Chief Executive of EnterpriseDB Corp., succinctly stated the main reasons why databases are suddenly “hot” again. With over 25 years of enterprise use, Postgres has evolved from a mere popular general purpose database. Companies want a database that can do more.

For some vertical markets, databases must still be systems of record, a single source of truth. However, as applications and workloads continue to increase in all facets of the industry, the database is also used for engagement systems for social media websites and analysis systems, in which artificial intelligence drives increasingly critical business decisions.

This expansion of the possibilities of use has brought the database into the spotlight of companies and promoted the popularity of Postgres with developers.

“Our customers report that they use us across the application landscape,” said Boyajian. “And I think that’s one of Postgres’ hidden superpowers; It is this ability to achieve every requirement area on the workload side. “

2. EDB’s acquisition of 2ndQuadrant was a significant step in the Postgres world.

When EDB completed the takeover of the solutions and tools company 2ndQuandrant Inc. from Postgres last year, this marked an important change in the database landscape. With the addition of 2ndQuadrant, EDB became the largest provider of Postgres products and solutions.

In 2019, 2ndQuadrant became the first Kubernetes Certified Service Provider for PostgreSQL as part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s certification program. 2ndQuandrant also provided advice on bidirectional replication (BDR), which a developer has dubbed the “rising star” in the Postgres ecosystem.

BDR was PostgreSQL’s first open source multi-master replication system to reach full production status. It was characterized by versatility. BDR is designed to be assigned in different geographic clusters with node support in distributed databases.

For real-time payment software provider ACI Worldwide, BDR is an important reason to work with Postgres and EDB.

“Our journey started with 2nd Quadrant and now EDB,” said Jeremy Wilmot, Chief Product Officer of ACI Worldwide, during an interview with theCUBE. “We looked specifically at one area of ​​bidirectional replication and wanted to support our solutions in the public cloud. That would allow us to replace multiple software components from multiple providers. “

3. Kubernetes is redesigning the database tool ecosystem.

If the move to Kubernetes is to take advantage of the automation provided by the container orchestration tool, it makes sense that developers want to automate the databases they use as well. Database systems have been the “final frontier” for Kubernetes for years, but that’s changing quickly.

Patroni, referred to several times in an interview with Josh Berkus, Kubernetes community manager at Red Hat Inc., is one example of how this dynamic comes about. Patroni is a cluster manager that adapts and automates Postgres for high availability. Berkus, who was a key developer for the Patroni open source project and was part of the Postgres development team for 13 years, sees Patroni as a key resource in a highly available, containerized database application stack with Postgres.

“A lot of it has to do with taking advantage of automation,” Berkus said in an interview during the Postgres event. “You can of course place Postgres with containers and play around. Patroni is the component for automating Postgres. “

4. Advances in Postgres are changing the way we use geospatial data.

One of Postgres’ strengths is its ability to process spatial data, and one of the most important tools for creating spatial databases is PostGIS.

The open source software was first published in 2001 by Refractions Research and is based on Postgres. PostGIS has become a key tool for industries such as transportation and logistics because of its capabilities in geographic information systems.

Cloud and retail giant Alibaba trusted PostGIS to optimize its shipping systems during its Singles’ Day shopping vacation in China, which topped $ 74 billion in revenue last year. The Helsinki Region Transport Authority relies on technology to handle more than half of all public transport in Finland.

“In my opinion, PostGIS is the most advanced system in the field of databases,” said Marc Linster, Chief Technology Officer at EDB, in an interview with theCUBE. “It can perform absolutely reliable asset-compliant transactions.”

5. The introduction of Postgres brings companies and open source communities closer together.

Organizations are increasingly becoming open source capable, in large part due to the growing influence of developers in shaping the IT direction. The integration of new functions into Postgres, such as replication for high availability, parallel queries and scalability, to a wider range of cores has made the database a success.

Historically, synergy between businesses and the open source community has been largely limited to core technology companies. As databases like Postgres grow in popularity, more industries are becoming part of the open source landscape.

A notable example of this is the securities industry, which has traditionally been one of the most hesitant open source solutions. The Borsa Italiana Group, Italy’s only exchange and an EDB customer, relies on Postgres to operate an infrastructure with the highest reliability and lowest latency to process millions of trade orders in a split second.

The fact that Postgres powers one of the most important exchanges in Europe is proof that open source has found a place on the global corporate table.

“I was at Red Hat before and now at EDB, and there’s a common thread that runs through those two experiences,” said Boyajian. “In both experiences, the companies are connected and prominent alongside a strong, independent open source community. Companies and communities are closely intertwined. They are one and the same. “

Definitely check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of Postgres Vision 2021. (* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for the Postgres Vision event. Neither EnterpriseDB Corp., the sponsor of theCUBE’s event coverage, nor any other sponsor have editorial control over the content of theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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