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Salesforce Heroku Offers Standalone Cloud-Based PostgreSQL Data

Nov 29, 2011, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)

[ Thanks to Paul Shread for this link. ]

"The platform-as-a-service provider, owned by Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), announced the new offering – a standalone cloud-based PostgreSQL database – last week. The company has offered its cloud-based database services to customers of the Heroku platform since 2007, but this new release extends it to customers who only want the database.

"Heroku said it has added a new Web interface for managing databases and "rock-solid durability" based on Continuous Protection technology. Continuous Protection uses PostgreSQL's write-ahead log (WAL) to create write-ahead logs of each change to the database's data or schema and then distributes them to multi-datacenter, high-durability storage. This creates multiple, geographically distributed copies of all data changes as they are written. Soldo said the copies are constantly checked for consistency and corruption. In the case of unrecoverable hardware failure, the logs can be automatically 'replayed' to recover the database to within seconds of its last known state."

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