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Postgres – Hadoop Data Trends

Every so often I like to take a look at trending data to get a feel for technology trends and attempt to draw some insights moving forward.  Recently with the overwhelming hype around BigData and Hadoop, I decided to take a closer look at the relative search traffic between Postgres and Hadoop. Using Google Trends [...]

By | July 5th, 2013|Big Data, OpenSCG, PostgreSQL, thoughts, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Postgres – Hadoop Data Trends

Good Enough?

Building upon my previous blog post, where I declared Postgres was "good enough", I want to explore what "good enough" means. I will use an aircraft design analogy. (You might remember me exploring a Postgres/aircraft parallel before.) In aircraft ...

By | March 29th, 2013|thoughts|Comments Off on Good Enough?

Postgres Is Good Enough

With the increased attention Postgres is getting, many ask whether Postgres has the same features as Oracle, MS SQL, or DB2. Of course, the answer is that Postgres doesn't have all their features, and never will, but it is also true that those other ...

By | March 28th, 2013|thoughts|Comments Off on Postgres Is Good Enough

Postgres as a Data Platform

With the all the excitement surrounding Postgres, I have heard speculation about why Postgres has become such a big success. Many point to our exemplary community structure, while others point to our technical rigor. One item of particular scrutiny ...

By | March 26th, 2013|thoughts|Comments Off on Postgres as a Data Platform

Table Partitioning Needs Improvement

Postgres is very good at adding features built upon existing features. This process was used when table partitioning was added in Postgres 8.1 in 2005. It was built upon three existing features: table inheritance check constraints triggers a...

By | March 8th, 2013|thoughts|Comments Off on Table Partitioning Needs Improvement

The Middleware Porting Challenge

Last month I visited India for EnterpriseDB and talked to many government and corporate groups. We don't have many independent Postgres community members in India, so I was surprised by the serious interest in Postgres and the number of large deploym...

By | March 7th, 2013|thoughts|Comments Off on The Middleware Porting Challenge

The Future of Relational Databases

A few months ago I wrote an article about how NoSQL databases are challenging relational databases, and it has recently been published. My article's goal was to explain that while NoSQL databases have advantages over relational databases, there are m...

By | March 5th, 2013|thoughts|Comments Off on The Future of Relational Databases

Parallelism Roadmap

In December of 2011, I blogged about the increasing need for parallelism in the Postgres backend. (Client applications have always been able to do parallelism with subprocesses, and with threads since 2003). Thirteen months later, I have added two p...

By | January 24th, 2013|thoughts|Comments Off on Parallelism Roadmap