Announcing PolyScale PostgreSQL

Ben Hagan
Oct 18, 2021

Today, we are excited to announce public beta access for PolyScale PostgreSQL. With a simple config change, PostgreSQL users can now distribute and cache data globally, lowering latency and increasing performance of data driven apps.

PostgreSQL Adoption

PostgreSQL continues to see significant adoption, with many developers choosing PostgreSQL as their default database for new projects. Likewise, the industry continues to see other databases and associated tools adopting the PostgreSQL wire protocol. For example, Google recently announced that

Google Cloud Spanner now supports a PostgreSQL Interface.

DB-Engines Trend Popularity score has seen a 1000x increase over the last 8 years:

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DB-Engines Trend Popularity - PostgreSQL


Overall, PostgreSQL continues to see popularity with professional developers. The 2021 StackOverflow Developers survey asked:

Which database environments have you done extensive development work in over the past year, and which do you want to work in over the next year?

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Stackoverflow Developer Survey 2021


Getting Connected

For connectivity, like MySQL, PolyScale makes it incredibly easy to get up and running in just a few minutes. Simply pass a PolyScale cache id as part of the database connection string:

  1. Sign in to PolyScale and set your origin database hostname and port. That will return a cache id.
  2. Append the cache id to your PostgreSQL connection string. For this, PolyScale uses the “application_name” key. For example: postgresql:///mydb?host=localhost&port=5433&application_name=[polyscale_cache_id]. NOTE: PolyScale does not need authentication credentials such as username and password.

Read more about

Getting Connected in the PolyScale documentation.

Next Steps

Ready to try Sign up for a free account here (no credit card required). Or try out PolyScale without bringing your own database with our live interactive demo playground.

Read the Quick Start Guide to understand how easily PolyScale can be integrated without code and without deploying servers.

Written by

Ben Hagan