When we started Gibraltar Software we always intended that it would grow to encompass multiple products that each fit with our common mission of helping .NET developers build rock solid software.
We’re thrilled to announce that Gibraltar Software is the new home for VistaDB – an embedded SQL Server-compatible database engine. As you may recall, we’ve been enthusiastic about this product since we found it while doing the initial development of Gibraltar. Over time we only got more interested in its potential to help developers in all kinds of situations where you want a database but don’t want SQL Server.
We use it ourselves in every part of our product – Analyst, Hub Server, and Agent. There’s even a small database in every package file. While we know that often SQL Server is a great answer as you scale up there are a lot of places where a small, portable database engine that’s upward compatible with SQL Server is just what the doctor ordered.
We’d been in discussions for some time with the owners of VistaDB about ways we could bring the two products together and finally found a way that made good sense for both parties. Accordingly, we’re taking over full development, support, and sales for VistaDB as of October 1st.
What’s this mean for Gibraltar?
There are several great things that will come out of this. First off, we will be able to use our real-world experience in Gibraltar to help optimize the performance of VistaDB. There’s nothing like having to live and die by your own software to make you pay attention. This will benefit all of the users of Gibraltar by improving its scalability and performance.
Secondly, while these products are both for the .NET market they’re far enough apart to have different sales cycles. This is important because it means we can afford to put more revenue into product development instead of having to hold it back for the lean times that inevitably arrive in any single market.
Third, the added exposure of VistaDB will help us market Gibraltar – and that will provide more & better feedback on where the product needs to go. Thanks to the additional revenue we’ll be able to act on that feedback faster. In short, your investment in software maintenance with Gibraltar just got more valuable.
Finally, we are going to add staff to help us ramp up to handle both products and ensure that we can keep delivering enhancements at the pace you’ve come to expect since Gibraltar went live.
What’s this mean for VistaDB?
Much of the same things that apply for Gibraltar also apply for VistaDB – more resources for improving the core engine, confidence that we are as dependent as you are on having it work great, and the comfort that the product will be supported for years to come.
We will be developing a roadmap for VistaDB development over the next month based on feedback from the existing community. Meanwhile, the current site will stay up with some minor changes while we work to integrate the sales & user communities.
Our first priorities will be to establish the ability to get trial versions and handle licensing for VistaDB. Concurrent with that we’re going to set up the right support channels so you can get the same exceptional service that Gibraltar customers have enjoyed. The vibrant user forum at VistaDB will also stay up.
Meanwhile, you can continue to access your VistaDB account, perform activations of older versions, and generally carry on as you did before.
If you’d like to get your ideas to the head of the queue and are an existing VistaDB customer, send us email to support at GibraltarSoftware.com. We’ll be doing some formal feedback gathering, but why wait and risk being missed – get us your ideas today. We’ve proven repeatedly we listen to our customers when figuring out what to develop.
For the formal announcement, check out the press release.