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Great Bridge releases integrated open source platform
Aug 24, 2001, 17 :20 UTC (0 Talkback[s]) (1898 reads)

NORFOLK, Va., August 20, 2001 -- Great Bridge LLC, the leading provider of solutions based on the PostgreSQL open source database, today announced the release of Great Bridge WebSuite, an integrated open source platform for building high-performance Web-based applications. Great Bridge WebSuite integrates the enterprise-class Great Bridge PostgreSQL database with the popular PHP scripting language and market-leading Apache Web server to shorten application development cycles and accelerate time to market.

Great Bridge has packaged the WebSuite release with a graphical installer, leading administration tools, professional documentation and an installation and configuration support package to help application developers quickly and easily deploy the power of PostgreSQL for demanding business processes.

"We've seen tremendous interest in the open source environment from businesses. We want to fuel that interest by providing a ready platform for rapid development and deployment cycles of large-scale, database-driven Web applications," said Robert Gilbert, Great Bridge's president and chief executive officer. "WebSuite integrates the best open source technologies for the Web into a single release to shorten development cycles and speed time to revenue."

Great Bridge WebSuite includes:

  • Great Bridge PostgreSQL 7.1.2, the world's most advanced open source database;
  • Apache 1.3.19, the industry leading Web server;
  • PHP 4.0.4, a server-side scripting language for creating dynamic web pages;
  • Apache modules, including PHP, Perl, Python, Tcl, and Java;
  • XML modules, including Cocoon, Xerces, and SOAP;
  • Bandwidth management and security authentication modules;
  • Administration tools suite featuring Webmin, PgAccess, and phpPgAdmin;
  • Bluefish, an advanced HTML editor for web designers and programmers;
  •, a web-based project management tool.

Great Bridge WebSuite features automated installation and full support to get developers up and running quickly. The software's industry-standard protocols and open architecture offer seamless porting and platform-agnostic integration and connectivity. Great Bridge WebSuite will let businesses of any size create applications that will grow to accommodate more users and data without requiring the company to migrate its system to a larger, more expensive solution. Great Bridge WebSuite is available without the burden of software license fees, which lowers total cost of ownership and makes additional resources available for application development.

Pricing and availability

Great Bridge WebSuite is priced at $2,495 and includes the software, documentation, 30 days' installation support and a year of software updates. The package is available for the Linux platform immediately. A Sun Solaris version will be available within several weeks. Great Bridge offers additional support and services including 24x7 production support, hands-on implementation and development consulting, and comprehensive training programs. All products are available directly from Great Bridge at 1-866-POSTGRES and on the Web at

About Great Bridge

Great Bridge LLC provides open source solutions powered by PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced open source database. Great Bridge delivers value-added open source software and support services based on PostgreSQL, empowering e-business builders with an enterprise-class database and tools at a fraction of the cost of closed, proprietary alternatives. Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, Great Bridge is a privately held company funded by Landmark Communications, Inc., the media company that also owns The Weather Channel,, and national and international interests in newspapers, broadcasting, electronic publishing and interactive media.

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