What is PostgreSQL?
PostgreSQL (originally called Postgres) is an object-relational database management system (ORDBMS), the most advanced open-source database management system in the world and a real alternative to any other database.
Michael Stonebreaker and colleagues developed Postgres – 1986. After 9 years – released as Postgres95. It re-released as PostgreSQL 6.0 a year later. Postgres version 8.4 – launched in 2009, followed by PostgreSQL version 9.0.
The advantages of Postgres are the availability, functionality, and high speed (for relational databases).
What is PostgreSQL used for?
PostgreSQL is the ideal database management system for the financial industry. What’s more, it is fully ACID compliant, making it an ideal choice for Online Transaction Processing. It is also capable of doing database analytics. It can be integrated with math software.
* ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) – a set of properties for database operations to ensure data validity and other errors, power failures, and other glitches.
Some of PostgreSQL advantages:
- Can run dynamic websites and web applications.
- Very robust database.
- Postgres supports geographic objects and features, so you can use it for location-based services and geographic information systems. Also can used as a geospatial data store for location-based.
- Low-maintenance administration for both embedded and enterprise use.
Moreover, Postgres offers a powerful GIS (geographic information system) called “PostGIS”. This is extremely convenient when working with any geographic data and its processing.
There is no exact count for who is using Postgres, but big companies like Fujitsu, Red Hat, Cisco, Juniper Network, Apple use it.
PostgreSQL is compatible with a variety of platforms using all major languages and middleware. Also can run dynamic websites and web applications. Wdely used in the financial industry, government GIS data, manufacturing, web technologies, as well as for scientific data collection.
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