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Senior DB Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 28 2016

What is most valuable?

For this question I will focus on our usage of PostgreSQL in the company. A great differentiator for this database, if compared with other providers, is its easy extensibility and the existence of data types that would fall in the category of... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The company I work for creates economic time series and forecasting’s based on monthly surveys with companies. Besides a set of general questions, different sectors of economic activity include questions specific to their sector. This means... more»

What needs improvement?

v9.5, which we currently don't have in our productive systems, already has some key features that we would like to use. In particular, row level security, a feature allowing to restrict the visibility of rows based on a set of policies. A... more»
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Sr. Database Engineer at a non-tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Aug 28 2016

What is most valuable?

Twice now, I have been involved in the decision by a company to migrate away from MS SQL Server to Postgres. The first time, it was simply a matter of scalability. Once you approach 10 TB of data, managing it in MSSQL becomes problematic. You... more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the key ways that Postgres has improved the functioning of our organization is by freeing up financial resources that can then be applied to upgrading existing infrastructure. A side benefit, of course, is that by bringing in another... more»

What needs improvement?

I would really like to see a more mainstream approach to support what we see as critical extensions. One example is the FDW (foreign data wrapper) for MSSQL. This extension hasn’t been updated in several releases and would benefit from an... more»
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Senior Database Engineer at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 26 2016

What is most valuable?

The reliability, performance, and extensive list of features are what I think matter the most in a production environment.

How has it helped my organization?

I have never been in an environment where PostgreSQL was not used. It was always used alongside other RDBMS solutions, depending on the specific requirements of each project. In this way, we were always sure that we would get the best out of it.

What needs improvement?

There are still things missing compared to other RDBMS, for example monitoring is a little behind as there not that many solutions out there. An equivalent of Oracle's RAC and/or flashback logs would be nice to have. There are a lot of steps... more»
Real User
Director of Operations / Senior Software Engineer at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Sep 06 2016

What is most valuable?

PostgreSQL does a great job with scalability and performance. Since we are using Django/Python – it works great with PostgreSQL as well. The current features that really help us are Full-Text Search, Array Fields, and JSON Fields.

How has it helped my organization?

By using PostgreSQL, it was easy to get all the developers configured and running. With using it as our back-end for data storage, our company isn’t worried about data loss or data integrity, especially with snapshots and WAL. Our company is... more»

What needs improvement?

The only thing I would really want/need to improve is pgAdmin3. pgAdmin3 is a nice tool for SQL Admin and Queries. But, I wish it would allow multiple queries to be run and displayed in the output pane. Also, it would be amazing if Full-Text... more»
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Analista Funcional Líder at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 13 2017

What is most valuable?

PostgreSQL is an open source database, so there is no associated licensing cost for the software and we always have a new version easily available. It runs on all major operating systems, although I have always used it on UNIX platforms. It... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have worked at the Ministry of Economy in the IT area, for more than 20 years ago. Since then, the main developments have always used PostgreSQL for their robustness, reliability, stability, and conformity with the standard SQL.

What needs improvement?

I have noticed that it consumes a lot of resources. I would improve this aspect.
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What is PostgreSQL?

PostgreSQL is a powerful and fully-featured database management system with which business owners can create object relational tables. It is an open source project that can be acquired for free and heavily focuses on elements such as extensibility and strict standard compliance. PostgreSQL is a flexible server system that can manage large workloads that are being contributed and accessed from a wide range of locations such as in a network, as well as small-scale projects like a single machine or user.

Some technical details of interest about PostgreSQL include:

  • Its MVCC (Multi-inversion concurrency control) allows fluid changes to be made to the system without cumbersome roadblocks, while maintaining the optimal level of ACID.
  • Replication, built-in binary replication is available from the 9.0 version and later.
  • It offers a wide range of indexing capabilities, including B-tree and hash indexes, as well as GIN and GiST (generalized inverted indexes and generalized search trees).
  • It uses procedural languages that make it easier for developers to expand the database.
PostgreSQL customers

Hundreds of companies have used PostgreSQL, including the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Champion Products, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the U.S. Agency for Disease Control and Prevention, and IMDB.com.


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