Yesterday one of the major Russian business newspapers ("Vedomosti" -- it's
like Financial Times or WSJ in Russia) published an interesting article
(in Russian, sorry – please use Google Translate).
It says that Oracle Corp. sent a special Postgres-related letter to at
least several big Russian IT companies. In the letter Oracle is suggesting
the ways to protect Oracle DBMS from migration to Postgres in government
organizations and big Russian companies where many years Oracle was the
default DBMS choice.
Now, in 2016, such migration in many cases is very probable (and some
companies already did it or started to do), since government itself wants
to depend less on specific foreign vendors and considers Postgres as good
OSS DBMS alternative supported by local developers.
The first page of that letter:
– so it really looks like Oracle Corp. claims that Postgres is worse than
Oracle in literally everything: performance, reliability, security,
manageability, scalability, etc. Even (sic!) the Total Cost of Ownership is
among the properties they are referring to.
I think that this doc proves that Oracle knows pretty well were their
Oracle partners/distributors interests lie (simply saying "bigger the price
– better revenue for both") and sending it Oracle tries to help
distributors to protect their mutual $-related interest showing how to
behave. The thing is that doc in many its claims is wrong. But in many
cases in will work and final customer will receive solution that was chosen
not on his best interest ("quality/cost") but rather on the interest of
Oracle and its distributors.
I've got that doc now – see the PDF attached (again in Russian, please use
It's poorly written in terms of Russian grammar, and contains factual
mistakes (e.g. the claim about lack of XML/JSON in Postgres), but
nevertheless is official comparison from Oracle and underlines many
Oracle's strong features.
Is it worth to react somehow on this?
If yes – anyone interested in creation of similar document which will prove
that Postgres in many cases *is* a good substitution? I'd translate it and
publish in Russian, and spread among journalists.
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