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PostgreSQL Powers All New Apps for 77% of the Database’s Users

Survey of open source PostgreSQL users found adoption continues to rise with 55% of users deploying it for mission-critical applications

Bedford, MA – June 23, 2015 – EnterpriseDB (EDB), the leading provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and database compatibility solutions, today announced the results of its “PostgreSQL Adoption Survey 2015,” a biennial survey of open source PostgreSQL users. Conducted by EnterpriseDB, the survey found PostgreSQL adoption continuing to rise, with 55% of users – up from 40% two years ago – deploying it for mission-critical applications and 77% of users are dedicating all new application deployments to PostgreSQL.

These findings give voice to end users and confirm such industry indicators as increasing job listings and monthly rankings on DB-Engines that have pointed to rising interest in and demand for PostgreSQL, also called Postgres. The growing popularity of Postgres also comes as traditional software vendors suffer setbacks in the marketplace.

The enterprise-class performance, security and stability of Postgres, on par with traditional database vendors for most corporate workloads, meanwhile have helped position Postgres among the solutions from the world’s largest vendors.

The opportunity to transform their data center economics has helped fuel downloads of Postgres as well. End users reported cutting costs with Postgres, with 41% reporting they had first-year cost savings of 50% or more. They’re using Postgres to build web 2.0 applications using unstructured data as evidenced by the 64% of respondents who said they were working with JSON/JSONB and the 47% who said they were using Postgres for collaboration applications.

“Postgres is empowering organizations to transform the economics of IT. IT can invest in the customer engagement applications that differentiate their operations from their competition instead of continuing to pay the steep and rising licensing and support fees charged by traditional database vendors,” said Marc Linster, senior vice president of products and services of EnterpriseDB. “With the expanding adoption, EnterpriseDB has experienced dramatic growth year over year, providing the software, services and support that organizations need to be successful with Postgres.”

Database Migrations, Replacements

The findings also support statements in a recent Gartner report that reflect the widespread acceptance of open source databases. “By 2018, more than 70% of new in-house applications will be developed on an OSDBMS, and 50% of existing commercial RDBMS instances will have been converted or will be in process,” according to the April 2015 Gartner report, The State of Open-Source RDBMs, 2015.*

Among Postgres users, the survey findings show migrations are already under way with 37% reporting they had migrated applications from Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server to Postgres. Many users were still planning further migrations, with 37% of PostgreSQL users saying they will gradually replace their legacy systems with Postgres, compared to 29% who said that in the 2013 survey. Further, end users predict their deployments of Postgres will expand significantly, with 32% saying they anticipate production deployments of Postgres to increase by at least 50% over the next year.

The survey, conducted by EnterpriseDB using an online tool in May 2015, queried registered users of PostgreSQL and drew 274 respondents worldwide from government organizations and companies ranging in size and industry.

*The State of Open-Source RDBMs, 2015, by Donald Feinberg and Merv Adrian, published on April 21, 2015.

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