PostgreSQL’s popularity is growing, and rightfully so: it’s reliable, performant, and competes well with traditional (and expensive) enterprise databases like Oracle and SQL Server. PostgreSQL is completely community driven and has a rich ecosystem of tools and documentation. A few months ago, we released full support for Postgres 9.1 in the Engine Yard database stack. Today we are happy to announce that we are making PostgreSQL the default database for all new Engine Yard Cloud applications.
Why do you want to use PostgreSQL?
How does PostgreSQL as default impact existing environments?
If your application is already running on MySQL, nothing changes. However, if you want to continue using MySQL for your applications, remember to select it each time that you create a new environment.
What extras do we make available to you?
PostgreSQL comes with many extensions that enhance its functionality above and beyond what traditional Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) can do. Since last year, we’ve curated and maintained these recipes, and we QA them every time we introduce a new database version. Please let us know if there is a particular extension you’d like us to add; we’re happy to help.
Want to know more?
Check out the following resources:
- PostgreSQL's official [Documentation](http://www.postgresql.org/docs/).
- RailsCast's fantastic series on [Migrating to Postgres](http://railscasts.com/episodes/342-migrating-to-postgresql),[ Full-text search ](http://railscasts.com/episodes/343-full-text-search-in-postgresql), [HStore](http://railscasts.com/episodes/345-hstore), and [Queue Classic](http://railscasts.com/episodes/344-queue-classic).
- Craig Kerstiens's [Why Postgres series](http://www.craigkerstiens.com/2012/05/07/why-postgres-part-2/).
- What is new in Postgres 9.2.
- If you are in the area, swing by any of the [San Francisco PostgreSQL User Group ](http://www.meetup.com/postgresql-1/)(PUG) meetups. It's a great place to learn new things and meet people in the PostgreSQL community.