EDB 13 Updates Intended to Help Organizations Get the Most out of Postgres

Photo Marc Linster, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for EDB
“The EDB 13 updates will help our customers get the most out of Postgres, so they can continue to deliver against their requirements on time and within budget,” said Marc Linster, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for EDB.

As a contributor to PostgreSQL, EnterpriseDB – which was rebranded to EDB last summer – has announced the worldwide general availability of EDB 13. It includes the company’s flagship database management system (DBMS), EDB Postgres Advanced Server, and tools.

EDB helps enterprises around the world use PostgreSQL to do more and go faster. EDB 13 would extend PostgreSQL with usability, security, and database compatibility enhancements for the enterprise.

“Enterprises are continuing to modernize, and I hear from our clients that they are increasingly deploying open source technologies to do so,” said Carl Olofson, research vice president, data management software for IDC. “With advances in usability and security, updates such as those from EDB are important for enterprises choosing Postgres as a key component of their digitalization efforts.”

Highlights of the EDB 13 Release would include:

  • Usability – Managing databases is complex, especially as infrastructure grows. EDB 13 would enhance Postgres Enterprise Manager (PEM) to simplify the management of large Postgres deployments. This update adds a global search field for finding database objects quickly. It also includes new integrations that would make it easier to initiate backups through Backup and Recovery Tool and start automated failover through Failover Manager. In addition, the PEM graphical user interface now meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA. It helps large enterprises and public sector organizations meet compliance requirements for accessibility.
  • Security – Both data itself and access to it must be secured. EDB 13 includes features that would make PostgreSQL a stronger choice for environments with stringent security needs. Most notably, it would enhance encryption options throughout the EDB software suite, such as upgrading the default minimum Transport Layer Security (TLS) version and use of channel binding with SCRAM authentication. Furthermore, EDB*Loader and PostgreSQL foreign data wrappers can now authenticate with client certificates. EDB 13 is tightly synchronized with PostgreSQL. It always includes all Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) addressed in PostgreSQL.
  • Oracle database migration to PostgreSQL – New Oracle database compatibility features in EDB Postgres Advanced Server would further accelerate migration to PostgreSQL through enhancements to syntax and storage features. Highlights include the addition of automatic LIST and HASH data partitioning, support for procedures such as DEFINE_COLUMN_LONG, and improvements to compound triggers to reduce the need for complex rewrites of application logic in Procedural Language.

“In a challenging economy, digital transformation remains a high priority for enterprises and Postgres is winning,” said Marc Linster, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for EDB. “The need for open source technologies and expertise has never been greater. The EDB 13 updates will help our customers get the most out of Postgres, so they can continue to deliver against their requirements on time and within budget.”

With 16 offices worldwide, EDB serves over 4,000 customers, including leading financial services, government, media and communications, and information technology organizations.