Interview with CYBERTEC
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- What is your company’s mission?
Our goal is to spread the adoption of PostgreSQL.
- What is your PostgreSQL centered product and what makes it unique?
What makes us unique is that we have the entire toolchain people will need to run PostgreSQL. Our CYBERTEC Migrator will help people to migrate easily to PostgreSQL. Scalefield is a ready made solution to run PostgreSQL on any flavor of Kubernetes that comes with a full graphical user interface and CYPEX will be the perfect replacement for legacy tools such as Oracle Forms and Oracle APEX. Of course there is more: pgwatch, pg_timetable, PGEE. What makes us unique is the fact that we offer the most comprehensive offering.
- Which of your company's contributions to the PostgreSQL Project (code/community/conference) are you most proud of?
We implemented a couple of tools which are now widely used in monitoring and clustering. There are also various contributions to PostgreSQL core. The most recent patch I liked a lot was the ability to use EXPLAIN on queries containing placeholders.
- Share a funny or memorable story about your company in relation to PostgreSQL (support case, dev issue, conference story...)
There is one thing I remember: Somebody called us because the database was super slow. We checked system and only found „SELECT * FROM tab“. No WHERE-clauses, nothing. The reasoning was: „A WHERE clause is business logic and the database and business logic should not be in the database“. That left many of us speechless.
- Which PostgreSQL extension do you benefit from most, and why?
I love pg_squeeze because it helps people to fight table bloat without downtime.
- What feature is missing in PostgreSQL and how would it help if added?
We need a more vectorized executor and column stores in core.
- In which areas do you expect PostgreSQL to grow most and how does your company contribute to and benefit from that growth?
I believe that the strongest demand for PostgreSQL will come from big enterprises struggling to get rid of legacy database software such as Oracle, MS SQL and so on. We provide all the tooling people will need to make the transition and to run things in the new infrastructure.