If you're willing to consider hybrids/hacked versions based on PostgreSQL, then look at Aaron Harsh's presentation about Rentrak's TV ad viewing/media monitoring database ... search Youtube on those names and it'll come up as first hit (called "Is your RDBMS letting you down?"). Their DB is petabyte scale, but it is a heavily modified version of pg.
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Jean-Paul Argudo wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm planning to write a white paper telling the world that yes it's
> possible to manager terabytes of data with PostgreSQL.
> The idea is to explain how PostgreSQL can manage this, what's the
> infrastructure needed to do so. We have to tell everyone that yes it's
> I know many places where the existence of this white paper would have
> been of real interest when PostgreSQL face detractors, let's say
> pro-my-favorite-commercial-database (replace
> "my-favorite-commercial-database" with every commercial RDBS name...).
> In france, we have at least one place using a 4 Tb database, the
> national forecast company (Meteo France).
> I'm sure we all know other places in the world, I'd like then to digest
> all those examples and tell the world "look how they do at X and Y:
> architecture number one", "look like the do it at W and Z: architecture
> number two", etc...
> So I'm asking everyone willing to work with me on this topic.
> The study has to be based on real usecases, so, the first thing is that
> every usecase may become of public knowledge. So I don't want someone
> telling me "we have 5 Tb here, we do it this way.. but shhh don't tell
> my name". This will not work, because detractors may say everything in
> the study is wrong, false and pro-PostgreSQL...
> So if you have any comments regarding this project, its time to say it
> I'll be at FOSDEM this night, until sunday. Be sure I'm open for any
> discussion there, and by mail, off course.
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