Tag: Postgres

An Initial Test of Google’s AlloyDB Columnar Engine

alloydb columnar engine

Google just recently launched the public preview of their new customized cloud version of PostgreSQL called AlloyDB. This Google Cloud Platform (GCP) managed database service is not the same as their Cloud SQL PostgreSQL service that still exists and is…

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Using Kafka to Replicate Data from Postgres to MS SQL Server: Part 1


    The Challenge You’ve probably heard the expression, “Data is the new oil”.  That’s because data is at the heart of any business decision system of any organization. However, the data you need  isn’t always located in only one…

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Postgres partial indexes on email address domains

When I first heard of Postgres partial indexes, I knew immediately that this would have solved a problem I had in MySQL about a decade ago. That problem didn’t go unsolved, but it certainly wasn’t as easy as I’ll demonstrate…

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Postgres Security Patches Related to the Search Path

There were some security patches released this month for Postgres, to put further restrictions on pathways that malicious users could use to leverage the search_path to insert malicious code. What is the search path? What is search_path? Postgres has a…

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Postgres Covering Indexes and the Visibility Map

Covering indexes in Postgres came up in our weekly tech call because of a query optimization review one of the teams has in progress. It seemed like some covering indexes weren’t working. I’ve been reading a book called Curious Moon,…

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PostgreSQL Backups

There are at least four ways to back up a Postgres database: SQL dump, filesystem snapshots, continuous archiving, and third-party tools. For each, notes on the recovery point objective (or RPO, which is a measure of how up-to-date your application…

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Working with Ansible, PostgreSQL and Docker

While working on creating some of our internal training labs for PostgreSQL, I have had the pleasure of working with PostreSQL in Docker and working with it in different ways.  One of the most important ways that I worked with…

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Fix: SQL Server to PostgreSQL Linked Server Error – “Requested conversion is not supported.”

Problem: You created a linked server on SQL Server to a PostgreSQL database. You can open and navigate the linked server on SSMS up to listing the tables, but can not perform select to certain tables, returning the below errors:…

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Datascape podcast episode 18 – getting to know Postgres

On the show today we welcome Álvaro Hernández, the founder of Ongress. Ongress is a database and research company where they work mainly with Postgres in the database space, developing and researching new products. They also provide professional services for…

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