At Sun Microsystems' Open Source Summit press event, the company announced that the first beta of the PostgreSQL database version 8.3 has been released with dozens of new and improved features. The final release is expected in about eight weeks.
The new features include complex query execution and partitioning, high-availability tools, database object extensibility, and no license fees for business usage.
The first beta for PostgreSQL 8.3 has more code than any previous version, greatly improved performance consistency, synchronized scans, the ability to be built with Visual C++, up to 20 percent more efficient storage and fully integrated advanced text search with an improved API.
According to Josh Berkus, project lead for PostgreSQL, surveys have shown that it wasn't performance that was holding back PostgreSQL from an even higher adoption rate. Rather, it was training and knowledge, as well as support for the product itself. Additionally, PostgreSQL lacks worldwide support, and while the performance is fast, it lacks in enterprise-quality scalability and reliability. Moving forward, Sun is focusing its efforts on high availability and improved performance.
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