Oracle High Availability concepts in PostgreSQL

Sometimes people ask about certain Oracle High Availability features and whether they exist in PostgreSQL. In most cases, very similar features exist. The reason for the similarity is that PostgreSQL and Oracle have very similar architectures and so the mechanisms to protect data have also developed along the same lines. For example, Oracle Data Guard […]

Getting WAL files from Barman with ‘get-wal’

Barman 1.5.0 enhances the robustness and business continuity capabilities of PostgreSQL clusters, integrating the get-wal command with any standby server’s restore_command. In this blog article I will go over the reasons behind this feature and briefly describe it. One of the initial ideas we had in mind when conceiving Barman was to make it, one […]

Automating Barman with Puppet: it2ndq/barman (part two)

In the first part of this article we configured Vagrant to execute two Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr virtual machines, respectively called pg and backup. In this second part we will look at how to use Puppet to set up and configure a PostgreSQL server on pg and back it up via Barman from the backup […]

Automating Barman with Puppet: it2ndq/barman (part one)

This is not the first time that 2ndQuadrant has looked at Puppet. Gabriele Bartolini has already written an article in two parts on how to rapidly configure a PostgreSQL server through Puppet and Vagrant, accompanied by the release of the code used in the example on GitHub (

Detecting smelly backups with Barman

“Ooooh that smell! Can’t you smell that smell?“. That’s a classic rock song by legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, I know. But also a warning that your new Barman 1.3.3 installation can now emit.