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BW: Open Source Database [PostgreSQL] Routs Competition in New Benchmark Tests

Aug 15, 2000, 01:45 (5 Talkback[s])

"PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced open source database, routed the competition in recent benchmark testing, topping the proprietary database leaders in industry-standard transaction-processing tests. PostgreSQL, also known as "Postgres," is an object-relational database management system (DBMS) that newly formed Great Bridge LLC will professionally market, service and support. Postgres also consistently outperformed open source competitors, including MySQL and Interbase, in the benchmark tests. Great Bridge will market Postgres-based open source solutions as a highly reliable and lower cost option for businesses seeking an alternative to proprietary databases."

"On the ANSI SQL Standard Scalable And Portable (AS3AP) benchmark, a rudimentary information retrieval test that measures raw speed and scalability, Postgres performed an average of four to five times faster than every other database tested, including two major proprietary DBMS packages, the MySQL open source database, and Interbase, a formerly proprietary product which was recently made open source by Inprise/Borland."

"In the Transaction Processing Council's TPC-C test, which simulates a real-world online transaction processing (OLTP) environment, Postgres consistently matched the performance of the two leading proprietary database applications. (See Exhibit 2) The two industry leaders cannot be mentioned by name because their restrictive licensing agreements prohibit anyone who buys their closed source products from publishing their company names in benchmark testing results without the companies' prior approval."

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