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Lumen Software's New PostgreSQL LAPP Stack Offers Commercial Alternative to MySQL LAMP Solutions

Web-based management and monitoring brings the advanced features and scalability of powerful open source database to businesses

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumen Software, a leading provider of commercial open source Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and portal solutions, today announced its decision to employ the PostgreSQL-supported LAPP (Linux-Apache-PostgreSQL-PHP) stack for its open source development platform Lumenation.

After significant consideration of PostgreSQL and MySQL, which is part of the popular LAMP stack, developers at Lumen found that the PostgreSQL database offered a higher level of functionality and handled large amounts of data and traffic better than the alternatives.

"It's fantastic to see open source continue to push farther into the enterprise like Lumen is doing. Enterprise-class apps require enterprise-class databases, and PostrgreSQL is the most advanced open source database on the planet," said Josh Berkus from the PostreSQL Project. "Best of all, PostgreSQL's source code is available under the most open of open source licenses, the BSD license. This gives the user freedom to use, modify and distribute PostgreSQL in any form you like. Any modifications, enhancements, or changes you make are yours to do with as you please."

Because PostreSQL supports record-locking not only for entire databases, but also at the level of the individual record, Lumenation users can manage their secure data with more precision and greater discretion, by accessing only those select portions they really need.

PostgreSQL also permits the creation of User Types such INT and REAL as arrays or arrays of arrays, and allows them to be used as the Type for a Database Field. Developers are able to store and work in these database objects without conversion to regular data types. This allows developers to work with objects on an application level, read and write directly to the database. This provides better performance and data integrity.

In addition to these benefits, PostgreSQL is freely available for commercial purposes, which allows Lumenation's many small and medium business users to reap the savings.

"We picked PostreSQL four years ago based solely on the merits. This isn't religion for us, we're just looking for the best solution. Just this year we did an extensive technical comparison and PostgreSQL is still just plain better for our users," said Don Keeler, CTO of Lumen Software. "I'm not denigrating MySQL. They're good for a lot of different types of projects, and I can see why they're popular. But when it comes to the most advanced features that enterprise customers expect and the maturity of PostgreSQL's features, it's really not a hard choice. On top of this, our onsite SaaS solution clients benefit from cost savings because PostgreSQL is free to distribute commercially."

PostgreSQL is an open source rational database system that began at UC Berkeley and has been in development for over fifteen years. PostgreSQL is currently used in industries ranging from education, technology, and entertainment.

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http://www.lumensoftware.com/. Support and professional service contracts are available directly from Lumen Software.

About Lumen Software

Lumen Software develops and sells open source and commercial SaaS and web portal software. With over 150,000 installed users and an active community, Lumen's flagship product Lumenation is leading the way for 5 million PHP developers to rapidly deploy SaaS and portal applications. Built on top of Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL and PHP (LAPP), Lumenation is freely available for download and unlimited use. Commercial modules are also available for sale to small and medium sized businesses as well as ISP's and ASP's that want to further reduce development and deployment time. Founded in 1999, Lumen Software is headquartered in Kansas City and is online at http://www.lumensoftware.com/.

Lumen Software

CONTACT: Jesse Casman of Page One PR, +1-415-321-2347,
[email protected], for Lumen Software

Web site: http://www.lumensoftware.com/

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