The Open Source Database Trifecta: Innovative, Business-Friendly, Cheaper

September 7, 2021
The Open Source Database Trifecta: Innovative, Business-Friendly, Cheaper

Has it always been this way? 

It’s there every day you come to work, waiting for you, month after month, year after year. Maybe it’s always been there. If you’re old enough, you may have a vague recollection of what came before it, but otherwise, yes – it’s always been there. Your old, commercial technology databases chugging away on your old on-prem or cloud appliance architecture. 

Can it be different? It seems to be a tough sell. This old database / old architecture combo is literally your business. It’s ingrained into every part of your organization. You could have thousands and thousands of users. And it’s still considered by many people – especially the old-timers – to be secure, available and consistent. And others are just too nervous to suggest any type of move. 

Yet, there are changes in the air. Data is exploding exponentially – and you can’t seem to get a grip on it, let alone analyze it. If you try to do something different with your current technology – say, something innovative – your provider’s license and audit police wag their finger and say, “no, no, no…”  The only solution offered by them is to buy more of the same old stuff. But your budget keeps going down, and they make you buy whole bundles of things you don’t need just to get the pieces you do. And some of what you have is truly end-of-life – the provider will no longer support it. Something’s got to give, and you have to find a way out. 

Open source databases on a modern cloud – the new way 

You know about open source. A community? To you it seems more like the wild, wild West. Is open source validated, certified, stable, secure? Well, today’s subject matter experts will tell you yes – this isn’t your father’s open source anymore. Organizations give into and take from it – meaning it’s constantly evolving and getting better. There are companies out there that will work with you to innovate the open source to what you need. Draconian licenses are gone. Customer-centric, business friendly terms are in. And your budget? Remember, it’s open source – you’re starting at free. How about a low-cost, innovative, object-oriented (not relational) database?  

So where does this database zip (not chug) around on? On a modern cloud architecture. But, cloud decisions are important – while you already know the value proposition of the cloud, you need to choose the right one for your database and business. 

Learn more! 

Join us for the next episode of Innovation Sandbox, where Prolifics’ Chief Data Scientist Michael Gonzales, PhD (“Dr. G”) will host Tom Rieger, Senior Solutions Engineer for EDB. EDB is a leading contributor to open-source database system PostgreSQL. They’ll discuss modern databases on modern architecture – where there is innovation, business-friendly terms, and less (much less) cost.  

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