Saturday, July 28, 2007

Learn EnterpriseDB - Step 1

So you've decided to learn/evaluate/use EnterpriseDB. That's great. The first thing you need to do is get it and install it.


To get EnterpriseDB, you need to navigate over to the EnterpriseDB download page. If you haven't already signed up for an account, you will need to get one. It's free and, by signing up, you will also have access to the support forums.

When you sign up, you will get an EnterpriseDB Network Account ID. This ID will be emailed to the account you sign up with. SAVE THIS EMAIL! You don't absolutely need to sign up for the EnterpriseDB Network but I would recommend that you do so. The network account ID will allow you to install when you do not have an internet connection.

While you are waiting for your network email, download the software for your OS. At the time of this writing, Linux (32 & 64), Windows (32), and Solaris (32 & 64) are available. I have it on good information that AIX and HP-UX ports are on the way.

If you are running on a Unix-alike, you'll get a gzipped tar file. On windows, you get a zip file. Unzip to a directory and run the approriate setup script.


In most cases during the installation, it is easier if you just accept the defaults. That being the case, I will not describe all of the screens. Most are fairly intuitive, anyway.

Some of the screens are less obvious:
  • Configuration Mode - If you are going for Oracle compatibility, choose Redwood mode. If you are going for PostgreSQL compatibility, download PostgreSQL.
  • Features - Notice that you have to have signed up for the EnterpriseDB Network to get access to the DBA Management Server (like Oracle's OEM) and the Replication Server. If these aren't important to you, don't worry about them.
  • Dynamic Tuning - Choose Development for developing and evaluating. In profuction, choose Dedicated. I haven't found a use for Mixed. This setting basically decides how many systems resources EnterpriseDB will use (CPU/Memory/Etc). Dev is very little, dedicated is most.
There you go. Once the installer is finished, you will have a default database.


Thursday, July 26, 2007

EnterpiseDB Chooses New CTO

EnterpriseDB has announced that Bob Zurek will be the new Chief Technology Officer. Zurek was previously at IBM where he was the director of product strategy in IBM’s Information Platform and Solutions Group. He was responsible for driving and executing the technical strategy for information integration solutions as they relate to software, hardware, services, vertical industries, and emerging markets.

Before IBM, he was vice president of product management and advanced technologies at Ascential Software (later purchased by IBM), where he was instrumental in developing and driving Ascential’s enterprise data integration software strategy.

Zurek is also a blogger at IBM. You can read his IBM blog at

According to Andy Astor, CEO of EnterpriseDB, “Bob has an impressive track record of technology leadership, and is widely respected for his strategic vision. His insight and experience in the enterprise infrastructure market will be great assets to the company."

Andy says that, "Bob will work closely with co-founder and chief architect, Denis Lussier, and the rest of the executive management team, to help EnterpriseDB solidify its position as publisher of the world’s leading Oracle-compatible database.”

It sounds like Zurek will be a good addition to EnterpriseDB and if he is working closely with Denis Lussier, I am sure he will get up to speed on EnterpriseDB very quickly. Zurek's new job as CTO will include acting as the company’s lead product strategist and technical evangelist.


Monday, July 23, 2007

EnterpriseDB Information

What does EnterpriseDB mean when they say they are "compatible" with Oracle?

Read, EnterpriseDB FAQ - What does compatibility mean?

In this blog entry, you will get a list of what parts are compatible between EnterpriseDB and Oracle, what is not compatible and what versions of Oracle are compatible with EnterpriseDB.

You can also answer some questions:

Where do you fit? Do you think the company you work for is a good candidate for EnterpriseDB? Have you downloaded it to try it out?

If you are a consultant, will you add EnterpriseDB to your arsenal?

I'm really interested in what people think about this. Is EnterpriseDB a good thing for Oracle dweebs like us or is it a bad thing? Why?

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