One of EnterpriseDB’s newly announced suite of packaged services caught my eye today.  I’m not an expert on the DBMS market, but EnterpriseDB’s “Remote DBA Service” seems to be quite novel (please comment if you’ve seen a similar offering from competitors). EnterpriseDB explains:

“The Remote DBA Service cost-effectively supplements an organization’s in-house technical resources and provides daily DBA functions and support. The Remote DBA Service begins with an onsite visit in which EnterpriseDB’s Remote DBA staff becomes familiar with the production database operating procedures and systems, develops working relationships with the in-house team, checks the backup and recovery systems, and performs an Architectural Health Check. Monthly and annual service plans are available.”

The Remote DBA Service addresses the market need for managing costs in a tough economy.  It is very cool to see open source (related) vendors innovating beyond technical support as a major driver of revenue.  One could argue that the “Remote DBA Service” is simply a professional service, and hence, not much of an innovation vs. the current open source business model.  On paper, that would be a true statement since most open source vendors rely heavily on professional services revenue when starting out.  However, to me, the difference is that the Remote DBA Service is much more scalable than a typical professional services engagement for an open source vendor.  I say this because of the “remote” focus of this offering.

What do you think?

In other news, social networking site hi5 and EnterpriseDB jointly announced that hi5 has selected EnterpriseDB to provide the data management infrastructure for hi5.  The press release states that hi5 is the world’s third-largest social network (who knew!? – but then, I’m still not on Facebook).

Some cool stats about PostgreSQL’s ability to handle heavy user loads:

“The transaction-intensive site serves more than 56 million active users each month. In June 2008, the PostgreSQL-based system delivered more than 18.5 billion page views, serving nearly 11 million visitors to the site every day.”

Former VP & GM of North American sales for Red Hat, Ed Boyajian, has been named CEO of EnterpriseDB. Current CEO, Andy Astor, will be shifting roles to lead EnterpriseDB’s business development as EVP.

Very interesting that EnterpriseDB was able to attract Ed. I’d guess this move speaks more to the potential at EnterpriseDB than anything amiss at Red Hat. A quote from Dave Power, a member of EnterpriseDB’s board, and from Ed both point to taking EnterpriseDB to the next level. For instance, Ed states:

“The Postgres open source community is active and robust, and the company has a talented and enthusiastic team and a compelling roadmap for the future. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to lead EnterpriseDB in its next phase of growth and success.”

Well, kudos to Andy for a job well done to date, and all the best to Ed in his new role. BTW, would you be surprised if Red Hat acquired EnterpriseDB at some point? ;-) Sorry, couldn’t help it.