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Drive continuous cost optimization through IBM's open soure based EDB Postgres offering

By Michael Connor posted Mon October 12, 2020 10:28 AM

Drive continuous cost optimization efforts and gain flexibility to innovate through IBM’s open source-based EDB Postgres offering -

In today’s uncertain times, most enterprises are looking to optimize their IT costs while not letting the pace of innovation to slow down. They are embracing cost optimization as a way of life rather than treating it as a one-time activity.

As per Gartner’s 2018 Report - IT Cost Optimization Should Be an Ongoing Discipline -
“CIOs who handle IT cost optimization as a reactive, one-time action fail to maximize cost optimization activities and opportunities.”

Furthermore, while including cost optimization as a permanent discipline in business and IT operations customers are also looking to latch onto the opportunity to continually innovate with the adoption of new age technologies and data architectures, which are based on open source, cloud and application containerization principles.

This is the reason why database customers, look to explore open source based solutions, when interested in migrating away from an expensive database solution such as Oracle. Value expected includes vendor lock-in avoidance, reduced capex (in the form of high licensing and maintenance costs), and ability to architect modern applications which can be easily developed and scaled when leveraging open source based solutions. Furthermore, many companies are needing to meet requirements of mobile, IOT and disconnected applications. Therefore, leveraging JSON and schema-less support, provided by open source-based database offerings such as PostgreSQL helps move these organizations from today to tomorrow.

However, this kind of migration typically comes with its own set of challenges such as formulating a migration plan which includes assessment and effort estimations, the actual migration effort, which involves schema conversion, data conversion and data loading, application code compatibility and inter-operability, and architecture and deployment considerations to name a few. And a strong deployment, high availability, and approach that recognizes applications will expand providing added value in the future. Furthermore, migrating to a different database solution from Oracle also means ditching the existing skills and knowledge, and acquiring new expertise, which comes with its own cost of re-training existing IT staff and hiring new talent.

IBM recognizes these challenges require proven repeatable processes combined with a base of solid proven infrastructure. Therefore, IBM has partnered with Enterprise DB - a leading global provider of Postgres, to offer a complete solution/offering to Oracle customers who are looking to migrate to a more flexible and cost effective open source-based database solution – IBM Data Management Platform for EDB Postgres Enterprise.

IBM Data Management Platform for EDB Postgres Enterprise features and Oracle compatibility -

IBM Data Management Platform for EDB Postgres Enterprise offers an integrated, open source-based SQL relational database solution that is built for enterprise-scale data needs. It includes EDB Postgres Advanced Server database, which is based on open source PostgreSQL, the world’s most advanced open-source database management system. Along with PostgreSQL features this database provides additional capabilities around enterprise security, advanced performance, database compatibility with Oracle®, and DBA and developer features for enhanced productivity.

This offering is a boon for existing Oracle customers who are looking to migrate to an open source-based solution as it solves most of the previously mentioned migration challenges faced by these customers and comes with several important features and services including –

Oracle-like features so developers and IT operations staff can continue to leverage many existing PL/SQL development and operations skills.
Understands and executes Oracle’s PL/SQL commands natively without degrading performance and without difficult-to-debug emulation, translation layers.
Compatibility with application client code written for Oracle Call Interface (OCI), Pro*C, or Oracle extensions of the JDBC, ODBC or .NET database interface software.
Integrates into Oracle database environments with heterogeneous replication or direct database links.
Migration Toolkit command-line tool that offers granular control of the process of migrating schema and data from Oracle to EDB Advanced Server and PostgreSQL.

IBM and EDB together also leverage proven repeatable practices including:

EDB Migration Portal shows you just how much of your existing PL/SQL databases can be migrated and put you on the path to controlling your Oracle database costs.
Migration Assistance Service offers professional service to help ensure a smooth transition to a Postgres-compatible environment.

Using these Oracle-like capabilities and features customers typically experience more than 85% syntax compatibility with Oracle, helping them minimize code and data type changes and avoid any application behavior or business logic modification. This also helps customers in preserving their investments in existing Oracle skills and expertise.

Furthermore, IBM and EDB have combined resources into fully integrated teams providing strong architectural, project, planning and proof of concept (POC) support in the critical early evaluation and startup stages of projects including scoping, planning, costs and timeframes and return on investment (ROI). This combination leverages years of migration experience and success to get a project started and up and running with confidence.

Finally, switching to IBM Data Management Platform for EDB Postgres Enterprise can potentially help customers reduce their database management costs by up to 80% and provides them a flexible path to move to cloud and container-based architecture and employ new age data governance, analytics and AI-based technologies through future integration with IBM Cloud and Cloud Pak for Data platforms.

Learn more about IBM Data Management Platform for EDB Postgres Enterprise and how it can help you to migrate from Oracle here and read blog.