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EnterpriseDB Surprise: We Like Oracle Users

An open source competitor is zeroing in on Oracle's customer base--and it's not the popular and well known MySQL open source database, either.

It's a relative newcomer, EnterpriseDB Advanced Server. Unlike other open source offerings, it's designed to be Oracle compatible and to run Oracle database applications unchanged, said CEO Andy Astor in an interview. And at Linuxworld recently, it introduced a migration tool with which to move your data out of Oracle into EnterpriseDB. It's the capability represented by EnterpriseDB's Replication Server as much as anything that has attracted an early $28 million in venture capital to the young firm.

"We don't tell Oracle users to convert from Oracle databases to us. We urge them to get some leverage with Oracle by converting just five percent of their databases to us," said Astor.

EnterpriseDB is built on a version of the PostgreSQL database, a thriving project with a broad community of developers behind it at www.postgreSQL.org. Bruce Momjian, a lead developer in the project and an architect of EnterpriseDB, says 51,788 users and developers receive the postgreSQL mailing list, although active contributors would number more like 243. But the size of the mailing list indicates the level of interest in PostgreSQL, he said.

Replication Server can move data from an Oracle database into EnterpriseDB, or for that matter, move it back to Oracle, if the user choses. EnterpriseDB has no issue running Oracle applications built with Oracle's proprietary version of SQL, PL/SQL, Astor said.

EnterpriseDB Advanced Server 8.1, release 2, was also announced during LinuxWorld and its graphical development tool, Developer Studio, can browse the contents of databases built in Oracle, EnterpriseDB or PostgreSQL.

The 8.1 release 2 also includes audit capability to assist with regulatory compliance and support for Secure Sockets Layer and cryptography, to allow data in the database to remain beyond the sight of a database administrator. The new release also includes Dynatune, a performance tuning feature that can invoke user-supplied rules or usage model.

Sun Microsystems contracts with EnterpriseDB to supply technical support to its distribution of PostgreSQL, which has been integrated into Sun's Solaris 10 version of Unix.

EnterpriseDB has received $1 million in a start-up angel or 15 individuals' investment; $7.5 million from Charles River Ventures and Valhalla Partners; and $20 million in a series B funding by Fidelity Ventures. The 100-employee firm is two years old.

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