US open source-based company takes on Oracle

Technology based on PostgreSQL compatible with Oracle

US-based EnterpriseDB will open an office in Sydney partly to service the New Zealand market and its one local reference site, the Inland Revenue Department.

EnterpriseDB’s database management technology is based on the open source system PostgreSQL.

“The difference between us and any other database company is that we are based on an open source product and we bring compatibility with Oracle to the table,” says chief executive Andy Astor.

Applications written to run against Oracle will run on EnterpriseDB without any change, he says.

The most obvious benefit of the alternative database is that it is a fraction of the price of a traditional database, says Astor.

“Until recently you had to either pay a lot of money for a lot features, or pay very little money and get very few features,” he says.

“Our objective is to allow companies to pay less money and get a lot of features.”

The company, which started trading in January last year, has 150 staff, offices in Hong Kong, London and the US, and two developer centres in India. It claims around 100 clients to date, says Astor, one of its largest of which is Sony Online Entertainment.

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