The credativ GmbH PostgreSQL® Competence Center develops and administers the freely available Open Source project Elephant Shed.
Elephant Shed is currently quickly and easily available in the form of packages for the existing Debian operating system environment, Ubuntu, CentOS, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. These packages are administered by our PostgreSQL® experts and kept updated in our repository for you.
Additional versions for use on the most important virtualization and cloud platforms are already in development.
What is Elephant Shed?
Elephant Shed is a powerful appliance, which provides a complete PostgreSQL® database environment including all the appropriate tools required for operation. This appliance can be used at any time as a database server available for immediate use. It is suitable for use on hardware as well as in virtualized environments.
Services provided by and with Elephant Shed
Elephant Shed can be integrated into your in-house infrastructure as an appliance without any further dependencies and without a vendor lock. Numerous established Open Source projects have been integrated into the appliance, which can be reached via a convenient web interface and cover all areas of administration of a PostgreSQL® database.
A central appliance dashboard provides the requisite overview. This dashboard can be used to access a multitude of other services. These include the provision and preparation of all important metrics by Prometheus and Grafana. All the relevant log information is compiled in automatically generated reports. pgBadger is used for this purpose.
The integrated backup solution is already preconfigured to not only enable the recovery of the data, but also a down-to-the-second definition of the recovery time (point-in-time recovery ). The backup functionality is implemented by pgBackRest and supplemented by the GUI supplied by credativ®.
To enable the convenient independent administration of the databases, pgAdmin4 has also been integrated into the appliance. All important functions that are needed to manage the underlying system are provided via the web interface. This allows services to be started, stopped, and restarted, log messages to be viewed or even the entire system to be updated. The management functions are executed via the system frontend Cockpit. The web interface also provides a shell that enables direct access via the console. The shell is launched directly in the browser. A direct SSH login is not required. The Shell In A Box project was used for this purpose. Comprehensive and continuously updated documentation is supplied for Elephant Shed and also provided via the integrated web interface.
- Available as an entirely free Open Source solution
- No costs for licenses or subscriptions
- Available for x86 and ppc64
- Preconfigured and tested system
- Continuous software maintenance
- Huge time savings during commissioning
- Individual customizations and extensions possible
- Optional: Training sessions
- Optional: Service and support by the PostgreSQL® Competence Center
Our service naturally doesn’t end with the provision of an appliance. We also offer all our services for PostgreSQL® systems for the Elephant Shed PostgreSQL® appliance. This starts with a customized setup service in line with the customer’s wishes or requirements, as well as the integration into their environment. At the customer’s request, we can naturally tailor the appliance to a customer’s specific requirements or integrate extensions as required. Our customers can also take advantage of a support offer – with a 24/7 support option.
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