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Actian PSQL Vx Server 11 Product Info

PSQLv11 End of General Availability: Actian officially stopped selling PSQLv11 licenses as of June 30, 2015. The product has entered Transition Support (no new service packs) as of December 31, 2015. Users of PSQL Vx Server 11 are should look to upgrade to PSQL Vx Server 12 at the earliest possible opportunity.

PSQLVx Box Actian PSQL Vx Server 11 was released on February 9, 2012, and is considered to be the "hypervisor-friendly" version of Actian PSQL, designed for virtualization solutions and the cloud infrastructure. Like Actian PSQL v11, PSQL Vx is available for Windows and Linux, in both 32-bit and 64-bit levels. PSQL Vx Server 11 shares the same code base as PSQL v11, and you should look at that product information page for some of the new improvements added in this version. PSQL Vx differs from PSQLv11 in the following ways:

  • Capacity-Based Licensing: Licenses your engine based on how much work it does, not on a per-user basis.
  • Hypervisor-Friendly: Run your PSQL databases on virtual machines, taking full advantage of fault tolerance and host load balancing (i.e. vMotion, Live Migration) within your data center, or migrate your data to a public cloud server! This eliminates the need to purchase a second license for fail-over capability on virtualized systems.
  • No Bit Level Distinction: PSQL Vx licenses can be used with either the 32-bit engine or the 64-bit engine. You can change your system to the other bit level as your needs require or as your applications support the new 64-bit platform.
  • Backup Solutions Included: PSQL Vx includes both the VSS Writer and Backup Agent v3.1 in the purchase price. Feel at ease knowing that your backup solution will get snapshot backups without intervention!
  • Per-Instance Licensing: The license is tied to the NIC address and Server Name only, so you can make virtual hardware changes (adding memory, CPU's, etc.) on the fly without worry.
  • Internet/Intranet License Included: Since this engine is licensed by capacity, you can run web servers and offer services to the public without worrying about an extra license.
  • NO Windows 10 Support: On June 15, 2015, Actian announced that they had NO plans to support PSQL Vx Server 11 on Windows 10.

While these changes will simplify the licensing of the database engine for virtual machine users, these changes may also take some getting used to, as the licensing model is completely different from the "classic" edition of PSQLv11. We strongly recommend that you take a few minutes right now to read our License Primer for PSQL Vx to understand these changes.

This edition is now licensed by "capacity", with these primary options:

  • Small: Up to 25 database sessions or 5GB of data
  • Medium: Up to 100 database sessions or 20GB of data
  • Large: Up to 250 database sessions or 50GB of data
  • Unlimited: Unlimited connections and data

Actian has created a paper which explains how to estimate your usage based on your current system. You can access Actian's explanation of capacity based licensing, or get their Guide for Estimating PSQL Vx Server Capacity.

Beyond these limits, you can increase the capacity of your engine by adding Session Count Increase (SCI) or Data Size Increase (DSI) licenses. These increases are available in several capacities as well:

  • Session Count Increases: Add 10, 25, or 50 sessions to your existing license permanently.
  • Data Size Increases: Add 1GB, 5GB, 10GB, or 50GB to your existing license permanently.
  • Temporary Session Count Increases: Add 10, 25, or 50 sessions to your existing license for 60 days.
  • Temporary Data Size Increases: Add 1GB, 5GB, 10GB, or 50GB to your existing license for 60 days.

The temporary capacity increases provide for a bump in capacity for a short period of time (60 days). This can be useful for increasing the system for the holiday rush or tax season, without needing to purchase a full license for permanent use.

Actian PSQL Vx Server 11 Service Pack 3 is currently available in Release Candidate form, and is expected to be released in January, 2013. This service pack includes the following improvements:

  • New Operating Systems: The SP3 release has been certified by Microsoft for Windows Server 2012. Further, it has been tested and is supported by Actian on Windows 8 as well (though not on Windows RT, used by the Microsoft Surface tablet.)
  • Licensing Changes: SP3 licenses will be afforded 30 reactivations (up from 10). Even better, licenses that are in the "Failed Validatation" state can be fixed by the end user directly, without Actian intervention! This can be done up to 5 times.
  • Updated Monitor: A new "integrated" Monitor utility has been added to the PCC, with a completely revamped user interface.
  • Expanded IPv6 Support: Whereas previous engines supported IPv6 for Btrieve and DTI connections only, this release adds support for ODBC, JDBC, JCL, and ADO.Net applications over IPv6.
  • New SQL Features: SQL queries can now include ORDER BY in a subquery -- very handy for finding the TOP entry in a subquery! The CREATE INDEX statement has also been expanded to create specific index numbers, which can be useful in fixing DDF problems.
  • New SDK Features: The PDAC has been improved to support developers using Delphi RAD Studio XE3 (32-bit only). There is also a new ADO.NET Data Provider v4 (and v3.2 is now deprecated).

You can download a 30-day TRIAL from Actian's PSQL Vx Server 11 Web Site now.

Important Note: Windows 2000 is no longer supported in this release! You must have Windows XP or newer. For minimum hardware requirements, check the Actian PSQL Vx/v11 Hardware Requirements page for more details.

Want more details? Get Actian's formal Product Comparison Guide to see what features you might be missing.

Some of the application vendors we work with have already tested the Actian PSQL Vx Server 11 edition and are working to fully support this new release! Others are still in the evaluation phase. If you are not sure, check our Application Support pages or contact your application vendor directly.

Pricing can be found on our Actian PSQL Vx Server 11 price list, or you can BUY IT NOW from our on-line store. If you want to try it out before you buy it (a really good idea!), you can get a downloadable trial license of PSQL Vx from Actian's Web Site.

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