June 17, 2005

ITMJ Q&A: Andy Astor of EnterpriseDB

Author: Matt Asay

Company overview: EnterpriseDB Corp.

EnterpriseDB Corp. (EDB) was founded in 2004 to bring the benefits of open source databases to enterprise customers. Until now, enterprises have had to choose between the expensive solutions they have been locked into for decades and lightweight open source database products that are not enterprise-class. The EDB product set is built on top of PostgreSQL, an advanced open source database.

The EDB product adds capabilities to PostgreSQL in three primary areas:

1) Compatibility with traditional databases (existing applications run unchanged)

2) Performance and scalability enhancements (faster, even under intense loads)

3) Improved quality and security (hardened for commercial use)

Prior to co-founding Edison, N.J.-based EDB, CEO Andy Astor was a vice president at webMethods, Inc., where he was responsible for technical marketing, corporate acquisition integration and standards leadership and evangelism. While at webMethods, he was elected twice to the Board of Directors of the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I), and he served as that organization's Marketing Chair.

Prior to joining webMethods, Andy was a vice president at Dun & Bradstreet, where he led worldwide development and deployment of all customer-facing products. He has also held product development and professional and technical services leadership positions at American Management Systems, Ernst & Young, and startup software companies.

A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Andy received a B.A. in mathematics from Clark University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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