Well I haven’t blogged anything for ages, as I’ve been a little busy finishing up my current project, and pretty much onsite most of July, but hopefully things will calm down a bit now. I’ve just been trawling through the UC Q&A pages seeing what all the lucky people who are off to the user conference will get to see. (Not that I’m jealous or anything!). Everyone seems to be focusing on the new licensing/tiering of ArcGIS Server. I think the change is a good thing, though it will take a while to get used to thinking about 1 product “ArcGIS Server” with multiple levels rather than all the different individual products (ArcSDE, ArcGIS, ArcIMS etc) as we do at the moment. Some people have complained that its now even more complex, but i think once you get used to it its actually simpler, and its going to be a lot easier and more consistent when trying to explain to potential customers.

Anyway to the point: I discovered this little gem in the Q and A section that seems to have been overlooked in all the Server discussion. It seems that ESRI will be supporting an open source DBMS in the form of PostGreSQL, this support is currently in testing and due for release sometime after the initial 9.2 release. You can read about it at the Q&A section under the Geodatabase and ArcSDE section (Q11).

I’d heard rumours of this, and noticed a few bugs logged in the 9.2 system that mentioned Postgres, which pointed to something happening, but its nice to see something public about this, It will be interesting to see whether people actually choose this platform to run an enterprise Spatial database with ESRI technology, or whether organisations that adopt an open source database will be less inclined to use it with commercial software.

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