PostgreSQL Review

It can be used by people on pure user level, without deep knowledge of OS administration, programming.


Valuable Features

The reason why I started with PostgreSQL database was the (geo)spatial support. GIS software, such as Quantum GIS (QGIS) or PostGIS, is a good example of where you are able to use this feature. Nowadays, the solution is on a competitive level to other commercial software solutions, especially for small companies.

Improvements to My Organization

PostgreSQL (geo)spatial support is stable, and you can add, remove, and edit all standardized GIS features. Thanks to projects such as EDB, Bitnami etc., PostgreSQL can be used by people on pure user level, without deep knowledge of OS administration, programming.

Room for Improvement

There is room to improve some user friendly properties such as input and output tools, some people may find interesting to implement MERGE as a SQL command. I am looking forward to trying UPSERT and would like to test some analytic functions definitely.

Use of Solution

I've been using v9.4 for a half year. I also have experience with previous versions of PostgreSQL. Currently we have PostgreSQL 9.4.7 on Fedora Server 23 and PostgreSQL 9.4.5 packaged by EnterpriseDB (EDB) on Windows 10 Pro.

Deployment Issues

I had trouble with the reinstallation of EDB. If I have a previous version on my Windows PC, I have to take some steps to clean the registries and folders, then everything is OK.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

If you are interested in you can find answers for troubleshooting. Many companies, I have mentioned above, are there for service and support. I didn’t find any big bug in the latest stable release over the last few months.

Technical Support:

If you are interested in you can find answers for troubleshooting. Many companies, I have mentioned above, are there for service and support. I didn’t find any big bug in the latest stable release over the last few months.

ROI

I recommend Linux installation, but it is also possible to use Windows. With PostgreSQL you don't have to pay much money which is a good advantage. You have to take into account that you will spent some time finding out how to implement something or what is the right tool you have to use.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

PostgreSQL is a long-lasting investment for people who like computers and don’t want to spent much money for database layer implementation.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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