After months of the entire dev team telling management that the database we were forced to use was complete garbage, a few of us took some time to port the application to postgres. Several gigabytes less ram used, disk space shrunk from 80GB to around 2GB, and requests that used to take minutes now take less than a second.

That PoC wasn't deployed but the satisfying part was the change of policy, any future applications didn't have to use that crappy database. Smugness levels in the office never got higher.

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