For more than a decade, the Postgres community has released new major versions almost annually to meet the evolving needs of the Database Industry. The first great release of Postgres was 8.3 in 2008, with a clean and evolutionary release of 8.4 eighteen months later. The 2017 v10 release of Postgres is the first version that I would consider truly, “Enterprise Ready.”
PostgreSQL has seen great success in the commercial enterprise for years. However, that success has largely been relegated to departmental success; e.g. the installation is solving a specific problem for a specific department. Often it’s the public facing data source for a larger Oracle instance or to manipulate GIS data. In these roles, PostgreSQL has been a defacto choice for enterprises for a very long time.
As major cloud providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google continue to implement and upgrade their PostgreSQL support you can expect to hear more about migrations. The desire to escape Oracle has never been stronger. We will start to see not just small businesses but also large businesses migrating their CRM and ERP systems.
With full ACID compliance, mature parallel scan support, native partitioning, and logical replication, PostgreSQL provides more features and performance for platforms such as Odoo and industry specific providers such as Timescale and Brytlyt. These and other features are why V10 is going to build the ecosystem.
Since August I have presented on v10 several times, most recently to a full room at PGConf Seattle. I have also presented at multiple groups in Vancouver B.C. and Colorado. The overwhelming consensus, even among those who don’t currently use PostgreSQL, is that the database is on their list of migration possibilities. V10 is the defining version of PostgreSQL and we are now in a time where we will begin to see mass adoption across many industries.
It is going to be years before a company such as Oracle starts to feel more than pinpricks at the number of migrations companies are performing but each one of those migrations is a pinprick through the heart of a retiring industry. The time of the Open Source, enterprise-wide database choice is here and PostgreSQL is the foundation in which it is built.
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