Article: Many hands make light work: The secret of open source’s success

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Many hands make light work: The secret of open source’s success

Open source software is now the de facto choice for most businesses, but it’s been a long time coming. We asked Marc Linster, CTO at EDB, a company that provides software and services based on the database PostgreSQL (Postgres) – one of the very earliest open source projects – for his take on the current state of enterprise open source.

For many years, open source software was the domain of academics and hobbyists. What was the tipping point that convinced businesses and public sector organizations to take it seriously? It’s not so much a tipping point but rather a confluence of events, said Linster, addressing Postgres as an example.

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Article: Google unveils logic programming language: Logica

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Google unveils logic programming language: Logica

Google introduced the open-source Logica programming language this week. It is designed to compile to SQL and run on Google BigQuery with experimental support for PostgreSQL and SQLite.  According to the company, the language was created to make it easier for developers who have to deal with the challenges of SQL.

The challenges with coding using SQL often include constructing statements from long chains of English words and limited support for abstraction. SQL is also rarely tested because testing SQL queries” sounds rather esoteric to most engineers.

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Article: Swarm64 and EnterpriseDB Collaborate to Provide Open Source Alternative to Legacy Data Warehouse Databases

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Swarm64 and EnterpriseDB Collaborate to Provide Open Source Alternative to Legacy Data Warehouse Databases

Swarm64, a provider of database acceleration solutions for the PostgreSQL open source database, is forming a partnership with EDB, a leading contributor to PostgreSQL, to help companies reduce IT costs.

“Enterprises spend millions of dollars per year on legacy analytic and data warehouse database platforms like Oracle, Teradata, and others,” said Thomas Richter, CEO of Swarm64. “Faster Postgres query performance, enabled by Swarm64 DA, combined with the enhanced availability, scalability, and flexibility of EDB’s Postgres software and tools, makes it possible for organizations to escape the high costs and lock-in associated with legacy databases.”

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Article: How PostgreSQL has popularized open source enterprise databases [Q&A]

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How PostgreSQL has popularized open source enterprise databases [Q&A]

Although open source has gained in popularity in recent years, in some circles it’s still viewed as being inaccessible to all but tech experts. But that’s starting to change, the PostgreSQL database has earned a strong reputation among businesses for reliability, feature robustness, and performance and has contributed to the growth in open source.

We spoke to Marc Linster, CTO at PostgreSQL specialist EDB to find out why he believes the open source database may now be coming of age.

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Article: Top open source database advantages for enterprises

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Top open source database advantages for enterprises

Many IT industry professionals use DB-Engines to track the popularity of database products. The ranking criteria includes measuring the number of references to different products on industry websites, Google searches, job postings, user profiles, and professional and social networks.

It’s important to note that web popularity does not equate to market share and industry-leading sales revenues. Top commercial products such as Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle’s Autonomous Database continue to lead all vendors, including open source database products. But there has been a rise in open source database adoption, creating some competition for proprietary databases.

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Article: Instaclustr Acquires Credativ to Expand Open Source Data-Layer Services

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Instaclustr Acquires Credativ to Expand Open Source Data-Layer Services

Instaclustr extends breadth of expertise and geographical footprint by acquiring the German and U.S. operations of credativ, the international business with expertise supporting PostgreSQL and other open source data technologies.

Instaclustr, delivering reliability at scale through fully managed open source data technologies, announced that it has acquired Germany- and U.S.-based credativ.

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Article: Aiven raises $150M to manage cloud data infrastructure for open source technologies

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Aiven raises $150M to manage cloud data infrastructure for open source technologies

Aiven, a Finnish company that provides managed open source data technologies on most of the major public clouds, today announced it has raised $150 million in a series C round of funding.

Open source software, by many estimations, has eaten the world, and it now intersects with just about every piece of software from scripts that help servers run faster to systems architecture and APIs.

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Article: What The Open Source Roadmap Holds For IBM In 2021

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What The Open Source Roadmap Holds For IBM In 2021

2020 was whirlwind of a year when it comes to open source on IBM i, with many major new open source products coming to the platform. The roadmap for open source software in 2021 may not be quite as active as last year, but there will be some compelling new technology to play with, coming from IBM and the community, IBM’s open source guru Jesse Gorzinski tells us.

“Last year was a pretty big year for open source,” says Gorzinski, whose official IBM title is senior business architect for open source software on IBM i. “In 2021, we’re going to have some big, big advancements.”

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