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Postgres Plus Advanced Server is an advanced deployment of the PostgreSQL relational database with greater features and Oracle compatibility, from EnterpriseDB headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts.Robust and Somewhat Daunting But Worth the EffortWe built a software service for online education providing metadata about courses offered ranging from MOOCs to private vendors. This entire service architecture ran on a PostgreSQL backend which required monitoring, optimization, replication, and other features to maintain service level agreements with the consumers of our service, which was intended for web and mobile clients. We used Apache Solr integrated with the PostgreSQL back end and needed advanced monitoring and optimization to ensure blazing fast searches. Postgres Plus Advanced Server gave us the suite of tools we needed including the ability to easily hook in from the client language of our choice as well as manage, optimize and maintain the utmost security in our database platform.,Developer tools including debugging, JSON and XML support, libraries for preferred languages and good examples all facilitated integration and development. Robust features for developers. Security is top notch and supports far beyond what we required for our project, which is a good thing. Performance, throttling, monitoring and optimization are all top notch and helped us keep response times low and save on bandwidth and hosting costs.,Documentation is excellent but spread out across many resources and can take a while to wade through—would benefit from having more intro level, getting started guides for various languages. Ruby support is excellent but more Ruby examples and beginner-level documentation would be nice. It is sometimes hard to find a community of users on StackOverflow so a larger community, and a dedicated forum with active members to answer questions and work through issues would be nice.,10,Postgres Plus Advanced Server is quite complex and may take longer to implement certain things than simply using PostgreSQL depending on developer familiarity with the platform. Getting up to speed can be daunting so again, there is an upfront cost in time spent learning the platform, besides the potential for extra time spent on a feature-by-feature basis. The cost of Postgres Plus Advanced Server should be weighed against simply using PostgreSQL to decide which is the best solution for your business needs.,Heroku and MySQL,Dropbox for Business, Google Analytics, Google DrivePostgreSQL Plus Advanced Server says yes to NoSQLWe started recommending Postgres Plus Advanced Server (PPAS) to customers as a lower-cost alternative to Oracle Enterprise Edition, which it is. Now we also use PPAS for the simple and stable multi-master replication as well as the JSON capabilities native to PostgreSQL. We also have customers who use PostGIS, the geospatial add-on.,PPAS Oracle compatibility, especially the PL/SQL syntax, has made migrating database-tier code very simple. Most Oracle packages do not need to be changed at all and those that do are generally for simple reasons like a reserved word in PPAS that is allowed in Oracle. PPAS xDB, the multi-master replication tool, is simple and - most important - does not break with network or other interruptions. We have been able to configure and forget, which our customers could never do with other multi-master tools. Most people had no idea that PPAS and PostgreSQL have full CRUD support for JSON. They think you need a specialized product and/or that JSON is read-only. Every organization that I have worked with is evaluating adding JSON to their relational model.,There are too many custom add-ons that should be part of the default installation. For example, PostGIS - the geospatial tool, foreign-data-wrappers, XML & HSTORE data types, UUIDs and other pieces are not included by default. The marketing and related material is too focussed on technology and not enough on capability. For example, you would not know that full CRUD on JSON is supported unless you read all the material - that is a big deal, but they seem to miss it. The backup and recovery tools are not as good as Oracle's and they should be improved.,10,Simplified Oracle conversions because most of the PL/SQL does not need to be changed. This has allowed organizations that we support to do much of the conversion work themselves. Allowed use of a single tool with mixed data types. For instance, no need to use a JSON-only product or a full-text-search tool because those are built in to PPAS. Multiple customers added geo-spatial capabilities to their applications because PostGIS is simple and included.,Oracle Server,NetApp SnapMirror
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Jonah Dempcy profile photo
May 17, 2017

Postgres Plus Advanced Server Review: "Robust and Somewhat Daunting But Worth the Effort"

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We built a software service for online education providing metadata about courses offered ranging from MOOCs to private vendors. This entire service architecture ran on a PostgreSQL backend which required monitoring, optimization, replication, and other features to maintain service level agreements with the consumers of our service, which was intended for web and mobile clients. We used Apache Solr integrated with the PostgreSQL back end and needed advanced monitoring and optimization to ensure blazing fast searches. Postgres Plus Advanced Server gave us the suite of tools we needed including the ability to easily hook in from the client language of our choice as well as manage, optimize and maintain the utmost security in our database platform.
  • Developer tools including debugging, JSON and XML support, libraries for preferred languages and good examples all facilitated integration and development. Robust features for developers.
  • Security is top notch and supports far beyond what we required for our project, which is a good thing.
  • Performance, throttling, monitoring and optimization are all top notch and helped us keep response times low and save on bandwidth and hosting costs.
  • Documentation is excellent but spread out across many resources and can take a while to wade through—would benefit from having more intro level, getting started guides for various languages.
  • Ruby support is excellent but more Ruby examples and beginner-level documentation would be nice.
  • It is sometimes hard to find a community of users on StackOverflow so a larger community, and a dedicated forum with active members to answer questions and work through issues would be nice.
It's great if you are using or wish to use PostgreSQL and need the added performance optimization, security features and developer and DBA tools. If you need compatibility with Oracle it's a must-have. There are many developer features that greatly assist dev teams in integrating and implementing complex middleware. It's great for optimizing complex database queries as well as for scaling. I would recommend Postgres Plus Advanced Server for any software development team that is hitting the limit of what PostgreSQL is capable of and wants to improve performance, security, and gain extra developer tools.
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February 02, 2016

Postgres Plus Advanced Server Review: "PostgreSQL Plus Advanced Server says yes to NoSQL"

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We started recommending Postgres Plus Advanced Server (PPAS) to customers as a lower-cost alternative to Oracle Enterprise Edition, which it is. Now we also use PPAS for the simple and stable multi-master replication as well as the JSON capabilities native to PostgreSQL. We also have customers who use PostGIS, the geospatial add-on.
  • PPAS Oracle compatibility, especially the PL/SQL syntax, has made migrating database-tier code very simple. Most Oracle packages do not need to be changed at all and those that do are generally for simple reasons like a reserved word in PPAS that is allowed in Oracle.
  • PPAS xDB, the multi-master replication tool, is simple and - most important - does not break with network or other interruptions. We have been able to configure and forget, which our customers could never do with other multi-master tools.
  • Most people had no idea that PPAS and PostgreSQL have full CRUD support for JSON. They think you need a specialized product and/or that JSON is read-only. Every organization that I have worked with is evaluating adding JSON to their relational model.
  • There are too many custom add-ons that should be part of the default installation. For example, PostGIS - the geospatial tool, foreign-data-wrappers, XML & HSTORE data types, UUIDs and other pieces are not included by default.
  • The marketing and related material is too focussed on technology and not enough on capability. For example, you would not know that full CRUD on JSON is supported unless you read all the material - that is a big deal, but they seem to miss it.
  • The backup and recovery tools are not as good as Oracle's and they should be improved.
Very well suited to applications mixing relational with NoSQL and/or complex data types, such as network analysis, JSON, key-value-pair, etc. Excellent if you have multiple programming languages in use (Python, Perl, R, etc.) because PPAS supports so many languages natively.

Not well suited if you need encryption at rest, compressed data or very large database-tier backups. [Large backups should be done at the storage tier if possible.]
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Postgres Plus Advanced Server is an advanced deployment of the PostgreSQL relational database with greater features and Oracle compatibility, from EnterpriseDB headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts.
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