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Database Startup Unveils Open-Source Product

Startup EnterpriseDB unveils an open source-based database that the company claims is comparable, but less expensive, than products from Oracle.

Startup EnterpriseDB Corp. on Monday unveiled an open source-based database that the company claims is comparable, but less expensive, than products from Oracle Corp.

The Edison, N.J., company launched EnterpriseDB 2005 in beta. The new product is based on the PostgreSQL database, which is a relational database management system that supports high-volume online transaction processing, company officials said.

EDB2005 supports applications written for Oracle through compatible SQL syntax, data types, triggers and native stored procedures. The company claims the product is faster in "typical transactional applications" than competitive open-source products.

"Until today, enterprises were forced to choose between over-priced solutions from enterprise software vendors and under-powered solutions from open source vendors," Andy Astor, chief executive of EnterpriseDB, said in a statement. "Our enhancements to PostgreSQL have resulted in a truly enterprise-class product, priced to reflect its open source heritage."

EDB2005 includes the database server the RDBMS engine, a graphical console for developers and administrators, and connectors for access to the database from JDBC, ODBC, .NET, ESQL/C++, PHP, Perl and Python.

EnterpriseDB, which employes about 45 people, plans to make the new product general available in the summer.

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