Ed Boyajian, Bruce Momjian


The State of the Elephant
21 minutes, 10mb, recorded 2011-04-12
Ed Boyajian, Bruce Momjian

At a 2011 MySQL conference, Ed Boyajian and Bruce Momjian promote PostgreSQL, citing three main reasons for adopting it as a database: the technology behind it has radically improved, many companies use it, making it a common system for accessibility, and it's the best fit for users looking for a less expensive proprietary database in the current economy with low IT budgets. Already, they say, there are thousands of active users, and there are between eight and nine million downloads a year.

Those eight to nine million downloaders are also able to utilize several PostgreSQL benefits, such as a user-friendly license, an independent open source system similar to Linux, and a meticulously maintained code-base; not only is it a developer friendly system, but development has been focused on both commercial and more privatized use. PostgreSQL is already used by small and large businesses, like AIG and Safeway, and by the government, as well.

The duo also lists new features that emphasize the benefits. In the new 9.0 version, there is hot standby, streaming replication, improved scalability and standards compliance, and data warehousing. Boyajian and Momjian also mention PostgreSQL 9.1, the next version, which is almost complete in a beta form and will be released in three to four months.

Ed Boyajian: Before joining EnterpriseDB, Ed spent six years at Red Hat®, Inc., the world’s leading open source solutions provider, most recently serving as vice president and general manager of North America. Before that, he was vice president of Red Hat’s global OEM business, responsible for all partnerships, including HP®, IBM®, and Dell®. During his time at Red Hat, Ed was instrumental in developing the foundational methods for selling open source software into the enterprise.

Prior to Red Hat, Ed held executive sales and marketing positions at ArsDigita, an early leader in open source software for building database-backed community websites (acquired by Red Hat) and ServiceSoft (now Kana). Ed is a former U.S. Army Captain, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his undergraduate degree from Boston University.

Bruce Momjian has been involved with open source since 1991 and has contributed to many open source projects. He is a co-founder of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group and has worked on Postgres since 1996. Bruce is also the author of PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts, published by Addison-Wesley. Before joining EnterpriseDB, Bruce was employed by Software Research Associates Open Source Solutions (SRA OSS) in their Postgres support division. Previously, he was vice president of database development at Great Bridge LLC, another Postgres support company. Bruce is a frequent speaker at open source conferences around the world.


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