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Why Federal Agencies are Turning to PostgreSQL

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Federal agencies have a large mandate – keep one of the largest governments in the world running on a budget. When looking for IT solutions, that means finding software that can do the job without having to raise taxes enough to hang Congress – again.

Having been approached by several federal agencies about PostgreSQL about using our data migration services, we noticed some constant positives come up including:

Budget: We’re sure you’re familiar with this. Most federal agencies had heard that PostgreSQL could help them with their budget constraints but they wanted to make sure they weren’t losing functionality, features or performance by not using a proprietary DBMS. They found that they were not only not losing functionality but also gaining tremendous flexibility without the associated cost.

Multiple vendor support: For security reasons and flexibility, federal agencies are resistant to having one vendor control their database. Multiple scenarios cropped up during our conversations including a vendor being bought by a foreign company or being beholden to one vendor with no flexibility on cost or features. PostgreSQL allows them to have more control over their support and code.

Open Source: Reassurance that PostgreSQL would remain Open Source was key to many of these agencies. The current structure of the PostgreSQL community and input from major contributors worldwide addresses the multiple vendor support concern (see above).

Robust features: A spirited PostgreSQL community means that the product will continue to develop robust features based on the community’s needs and, most importantly, do it in a timely manner. No more product development maps dictated by ivory-tower product managers that may or may not included necessary features.

Specialized modifications: Gaining access to PostgreSQL source code was a key benefit to these agencies.  Instead of having to contend with protected code that cannot be modified or customized without incurring heavy costs, federal agencies can implement, use and customize PostgreSQL code as they see fit.

Looking at that list of benefits, is it any surprise that federal agencies are considering PostgreSQL? It really comes down to three factors – budget, control and flexibility. With its Open Source structure and community, PostgreSQL offers these agencies all three of those things.

Bull has experts that can help you secure your data in the case of natural disaster. Bull’s long history with migrations can have you set-up on a Postgres database efficiently. We also offer support, training and performance analysis. Contact us or visit our website ( if you'd like to discuss your project in more detail, and to find out more about our managed services, database migration services and PostgreSQL offerings.



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