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Great Bridge Releases Enhanced PostgreSQL Services

Dec 11, 2000, 19:09 (0 Talkback[s])
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Great Bridge LLC is launching the first enhanced distribution of the PostgreSQL open source database and accompanying support services for the enterprise business market. Backed by Landmark Communications Inc., whose chairman Frank Batten, Jr., was the angel investor and former director of Red Hat Inc., Great Bridge aims to do to the big commercial database vendors what Red Hat Linux did to Microsoft, give businesses an open source alternative to high-priced proprietary offerings.

The Norfolk, Va.-based Great Bridge PostgreSQL is freely available and its open source license allows users to modify the source code to fit their specific needs. While Great Bridge software will be widely distributed at no cost, the company will make money by selling value-added support services such as technical support, consulting and training. Great Bridge offers a suite of technical support packages for corporate end-users.

Its premium support package provides one year of unlimited, 24-hour e-mail and telephone support from an engineering team while its standard support deal provides unlimited e-mail and limited telephone support. All Great Bridge support packages include the company's enhanced release of the PostgreSQL database management system and over 500 pages of documentation.

According to Bill Claybrook, research director at Aberdeen Group, the Boston-based technology market research firm, Great Bridge PostgreSQL has the potential to grab market share away from the database giants.

"Great Bridge offers a mature, fully functional, competitive database product at a fraction of the cost of Oracle 8i," said Claybrook, adding that Great Bridge passes lower development costs on to customers. "The company's greatest challenge will be to retain and grow the independent developer community that creates and enhances open source software. Great Bridge has taken steps to do this by providing sufficient infrastructure to manage the collaborative nature of the open source development model."

Great Bridge PostgreSQL, a distribution of the open source object-relational database that originated at the University of California at Berkeley in the mid-1980's, is professionally tested for security and reliability in the Great Bridge lab and enhanced by an automated graphical installer for quick and easy installation.

"The PostgreSQL development community has created an open source object-relational database capable of handling the heaviest demands of e-commerce and enterprise businesses, and they continue to improve it at a rate that proprietary applications cannot match," said Robert Gilbert, Great Bridge president and chief executive officer. "Great Bridge believes that open source communities produce the best software, and we are committed to providing the exceptional levels of service and support that will encourage more businesses to reap the benefits of open source technologies."

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