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Power mission-critical applications with Azure Database for PostgreSQL

In our current environment, organizations are increasingly looking towards digital solutions to engage their customers and remain competitive.

In our current environment, organizations are increasingly looking towards digital solutions to engage their customers and remain competitive. They’re discovering that their customers’ needs can be best met through differentiated, digital experiences delivered by cloud-native applications.

When building a new application, one of the most important decisions to make is where to store the application data. We see tremendous interest in Azure Database for PostgreSQL when it comes to storing relational data in the cloud for mission-critical applications. Here’s why:

Why Azure Database for PostgreSQL?

  1. 100 percent open source.
    • Azure Database for PostgreSQL is built on community edition Postgres, with open extension support so you can leverage valuable PostgreSQL features, including JSONB, geospatial support, and rich indexing.
    • Our Postgres team at Microsoft is committed to nurturing a culture of contributing to and collaborating with the Postgres community, and we’re excited to welcome Postgres committers to the team. These committers review submitted code for Postgres, “commit” it into the source code repository, and work with other contributors to test, refine, and eventually incorporate it into the next Postgres build. In future blogs, they’ll share what they’re working on when it comes to new versions of Postgres and updates to the Citus open source extension.
  2. Fully managed.
    • Using a managed Postgres database service on Azure makes your job simpler and allows you to focus on your application, by automating time- and cost-intensive tasks like configuring and managing high-availability, disaster recovery, backups, and data replication across regions.
    • Azure Database for PostgreSQL has enterprise-grade security and compliance capabilities, such as Azure Advanced Threat Protection, and provides customized performance recommendations, making it suitable for your most mission-critical applications.
  3. High-performance horizontal scaling.
    • Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale (Citus) scales out horizontally to hundreds of nodes, with no application rewrites, so you can easily build incredibly scalable applications. This is done using the Citus open source Postgres extension that intelligently and transparently distributes your data and queries across multiple nodes to achieve massive parallelism, along with a much bigger compute, memory, and disk footprint.
    • In future blogs, we’ll dive deeper into key use cases for Hyperscale (Citus) and share how organizations are building powerful applications using these capabilities. Hyperscale (Citus) enables organizations to scale multi-tenant SaaS applications, build high throughput transactional applications, and more.

Key considerations for running modern enterprise applications on Postgres

If you’re new to the world of Postgres and want to understand whether it’s a good fit for building your enterprise applications, check out our new whitepaper, Running Enterprise Applications on PostgreSQL, to learn about:

  • Benefits of using Postgres for modern, mission-critical applications, and considerations around performance, scalability, security, and more.
  • Postgres’ extensible design that enables you to future-proof your applications.
  • Postgres capabilities that empower developers to work more productively.

Announcing our Postgres blog series

We are here to help you at every stage of your journey with Azure Database for PostgreSQL, and will be keeping you up to date with regular posts both here and on our Azure Database for PostgreSQL blog. We’ll be sharing:

  • Insights and updates directly from Postgres committers Thomas Munro, Jeff Davis, Andres Freund, and David Rowley—you can read the first post in the series, How to securely authenticate with SCRAM in Postgres 13, now.
  • Key customer use cases, stories, and architectures.
  • Resources and best practices to help you develop innovative applications to solve business challenges.

Whether you’re new to Postgres, new to Azure, or are already using Azure Database for PostgreSQL to power your enterprise applications, we look forward to supporting your application development journey.

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