In another swipe at Oracle, EnterpriseDB has released Postgres Plus Advanced Server 9.0 which includes support for the HP-UX operating environment. This feature is obviously intended to lure some of those affected by Oracle’s decision to drop Intel Itanium support. Itanium is the chip on which HP-UX servers rely. The company isn’t being subtle either — check out this image from the EnterpriseDB home page:
And after all the kerfuffle following Oracle’s purchase of Sun and MySQL, advances in the open source database sector are welcome.
With a nice price (starting at $3,995 per year), and “rid yourself of Oracle,” marketing push, EnterpriseDB may be attractive to many shops looking for a compatible database. But Oracle isn’t the only target. The xDB Replication Server can pull data from Microsoft SQL servers as well.
Have you been affected by the dropped Itanium support? Have you used Postgres? Does EnterpriseDB have a chance (they’ve hit 1,000 customers, but will there be more)?