Jun
16
2017
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Peter Zaitsev’s Speaking Schedule: Percona University Belgium / PG Day / Meetups

Peter Zaitsev Speaking Schedule

This blog shows Peter Zaitsev’s speaking schedule for this summer.

Summer 2017 Speaking Engagements

This week I spoke at the DB Tech Showcase OSS conference in Japan and am now heading to Europe. I have a busy schedule in June and early July, but there are events and places where we can cross paths and have a quick conversation. Let’s meet at these events if you need anything from Percona (or me personally). 

Below is a full list of places I’ll be at this summer:

Amsterdam, Netherlands

On June 20 I am speaking at the In-Memory Computing Summit 2017 with Denis Magda (Product Manager, Gridgain Systems). Our talk “Accelerate MySQL® for Demanding OLAP and OLTP Use Cases with Apache® Ignite™” starts at 2:35 pm.

On the same day in Amsterdam, Denis and I will speak at the local MySQL User Group meetupI will share some how-tos for MySQL monitoring with Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM), along with a PMM demo.

Ghent, Belgium

On June 22 we are organizing a Percona University event in Ghent, Belgium, which is a widely known tech hub in the region. I will give several talks there on MySQL, MongoDB and PMM monitoring. Dimitri Vanoverbeke from Percona will discuss MySQL in the Cloud. We have also invited guest speakers: Frederic Descamps from Oracle, and Julien Pivotto from Inuits.

Percona University technical events are 100% free to attend, and so far we are getting very positive attendee feedback on them. To check the full agenda for the Belgium edition, and to register, please use this link.

St. Petersburg, Russia

Percona is sponsoring PG Day’17 Russia, the PostgreSQL conference. This year they added a track on open source databases (and I was happy to be their Committee member for the OSDB track). The conference starts on July 5, and on that day I will give a tutorial on InnoDB Architecture and Performance Optimization. Sveta Smirnova will also present a tutorial on MySQL Performance Troubleshooting.

On July 6-7, you can expect four more talks given by Perconians at PG Day. We invite you to stop by our booth (“Percona”) and ask us any tough questions you might have.

Moscow, Russia

On July 11 I will speak at a Moscow MySQL User Group meetup at the Mail.Ru Group office. While we’re still locking down the agenda, we always have a great selection of speakers at the MMUG meetups. Make sure you don’t miss this gathering!

Thank you, and I hope to see many of you at these events.

Jul
27
2016
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Percona Live Europe Amsterdam 2016 Tutorial Schedule is Up!

Percona Live Europe Amsterdam 2016 Tutorial Schedule

Percona Live Europe Amsterdam 2016 Tutorial ScheduleThis blog post lists the Percona Live Europe Amsterdam 2016 tutorial schedule.

We are excited to announce that the tutorial schedule for the Percona Live Europe Amsterdam Open Source Database Conference 2016 is up!

The Percona Live Europe Amsterdam Open Source Database Conference is the premier event for the diverse and active open source community, as well as businesses that develop and use open source software. The conferences have a technical focus with an emphasis on the core topics of MySQL, MongoDB, and other open source databases. Tackling subjects such as analytics, architecture and design, security, operations, scalability and performance, Percona Live provides in-depth discussions for your high-availability, IoT, cloud, big data and other changing business needs.

Tackling subjects such as analytics, architecture and design, security, operations, scalability and performance, Percona Live Europe provides in-depth discussions for your high-availability, IoT, cloud, big data and other changing business needs. This conference is an opportunity to network with peers and technology professionals by bringing together accomplished DBA’s, system architects and developers from around the world to share their knowledge and experience – all to help you learn how to tackle your open source database challenges in a whole new way. These tutorials are a must for any data performance professional!

The Percona Live Europe Open Source Database Conference is October 3-5 at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre.

Click through to the tutorial link right now, look them over, and pick which sessions you want to attend. Discounted passes available below!

Tutorial List:
Early Bird Discounts

Just a reminder to everyone out there: our Early Bird discount rate for the Percona Live Europe Amsterdam Open Source Database Conference is only available ‘til August 8, 2016, 11:30 pm PST! This rate gets you all the excellent and amazing opportunities that Percona Live offers, at a very reasonable price!

Sponsor Percona Live

Become a conference sponsor! We have sponsorship opportunities available for this annual MySQL, MongoDB and open source database event. Sponsors become a part of a dynamic and growing ecosystem and interact with hundreds of DBAs, sysadmins, developers, CTOs, CEOs, business managers, technology evangelists, solutions vendors, and entrepreneurs who attend the event.

Jul
12
2016
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Call for Percona Live Europe MongoDB Speakers

Percona Live Europe MongoDB Speakers

Percona Live Europe MongoDB SpeakersWant to become one of the Percona Live Europe MongoDB speakers? Read this blog for details.

The Percona Live Europe, Amsterdam call for papers is ending soon and we are looking for MongoDB speakers! This is a great way to build your personal and company brands. If you haven’t submitted a paper yet, here are a list of ideas we would love to see covered at this conference:

If you find any of these ideas interesting, simply let @Percona know and we can help get you listed as the speaker. If nothing on this list strikes your fancy or peaks your interest, please submit a similar talk of your own – we’d love to find out what you have to say!

Want to become one of the Percona Live Europe MongoDB speakers? Read this blog for details.

The Percona Live Europe, Amsterdam call for papers is ending soon, and we are looking for MongoDB speakers! This is a great way to build your personal and company brands. If you haven’t submitted a paper yet, here are a list of ideas we would love to see covered at this conference:

If you any these ideas interesting, simply let @Percona know and we can help get you listed as the speaker. If nothing on this list strikes your fancy or peaks your interest, please submit a similar talk of your own – we’d love to find out what you have to say!

Here are some other ideas that might get your thoughts bubbling:

  • Secret use of “hidden” and tagged ReplicaSets
  • To use a hashed shard key or not?
  • Understanding how a shard key is used in MongoDB
  • Using scatter-gathers to your benefit
  • WriteConcern and its use cases
  • How to quickly build a sharded environment for MongoDB in Docker
  • How to monitor and scale MongoDB in the cloud
  • MongoDB Virtualization: the good, the bad, and the ugly
  • MongoDB and VMware: a cautionary tale
  • Streaming MySQL bin logs to MongoDB and back again
  • How to ensure that other technologies can safely use the epilog for pipelining

The Percona team and conference commitee would love to see what other ideas the community has that we haven’t covered. Anything helps: using @Percona and mentioning topics you would like to see, to sharing topics on twitter you like, or even just sharing the link to the call for papers.

The call for papers closes next Monday (7/18), so let’s get some great things in this week and build a truly dynamic conference!

Oct
18
2015
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Percona Live Amsterdam Recap

This year’s Percona Live for Europe proved to be a turning point for the conference.

First and most obvious was the change of venue. After several years in London we decided to move the show to Amsterdam and we were quite pleased. The weather was not much different (it rained most of the time) but the new venue was great and the more central location in Europe made attending the show easier for many.

A couple of interesting factoids about the attendees. First, we had over 300 hundred registered attendees – a 25%+ increase over last year. Not surprisingly, most of those in attendance were from Europe but we had folks from as far away as Chile, South Africa and Japan.

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Our attendees also had a pretty broad range of functions. As you would expect, DBAs and developers made up the bulk of the crowd, but we had a good mix of IT managers, sys admins, security experts, product managers and web developers. This broadening of the community is quite encouraging.

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Also encouraging was the number of new faces this year. With the added number of people attending it’s obvious that we would have to have some new folks at the conference, but it turns out that over half of those in attendance were new this year. It’s also nice to see from the survey response below that a large number of attendees found out about the conference from friends and colleagues. We do our best to make Percona Live a good use of time and money for attendees and there are no better indications of this than repeat attendees and peer recommendations.   

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Another nice bit of feedback I received was that this year’s EMEA conference felt like a smaller version of the Santa Clara Percona Live. This is our exact intention and we will continue to invest in this show and in the region.

We were also excited to announce our release candidate of Percona Server for MongoDB. Much like our widely deployed Percona Server for MySQL,  Percona Server for MongoDB is a default compatible version of MongoDB, offering enterprise features in a free community edition. It also comes with multiple storage options including RocksDB and PerconaFT.  

As always, though, the focus of Percona Live is delivering really good technical content. This is why people come back each year and tell their friends and colleagues.

Our highest rated tutorial at Percona Live Amsterdam was “Advanced Percona XtraDB Cluster in a nutshell, la suite : Hands on tutorial not for beginners!” Delivered by our own Frederic Descamps and Kenny Gryp.  

This is no surprise really. We do like our beginner sessions, of course, and they are well attended, but our deeply technical sessions are what put these conferences on the map and it’s why we are still popular with the hardcore technical folks. Congrats to Frederic and Kenny!

The most popular sessions were:

  • MongoDB, Wired Tiger, and the era of pluggable storage engines by Kenny Gorman, Chief Technologist, Data – Office of the CTO, ObjectRocket by Rackspace
  • Performance Schema and Sys Schema in MySQL 5.7 by Mark Leith, Senior Software Development Manager, MySQL @ Oracle
  • Innodb and XtraDB Architecture and Performance Optimization by our “fairly technical” CEO Peter Zaitsev

What was really gratifying for me was the feedback I received, all of which was very positive. It’s very satisfying to get such favorable feedback and we’ll strive to make next year’s conference even better.

I want to thank all of the speakers who provided such great content, and all of the sponsors without whom we would not be be able to put on such a great conference.  Mostly though, I would like to thank the attendees who trust us enough to put good money down and spend a week away from the office to learn something new. We are grateful for that level of trust and will continue to work hard to earn it.

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Aug
13
2015
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The language of compression

Leif Walsh & friends

Leif Walsh will talk about the language of compression at Percona Live Amsterdam

Storage. Everyone needs it. Whether your data is in MySQL, a NoSQL, or somewhere in the cloud, with ever-growing data volumes – along with the need for SSDs to cut latency and replication to provide insurance – an organization’s storage footprint is an important place to look for savings. That’s where compression comes in (squeeze!) to save disk space.

Two Sigma software engineer Leif Walsh speaks the language of compression. Fluently. In fact, he’ll be speaking on

that exact subject September 22 during the Percona Live conference in Amsterdam.

I asked him about his talk, and about Amsterdam, the other day. Here’s what he had to say.

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Tom: Hi Leif, how will your talk help IT decision-makers cut through the marketing mumbo-jumbo on what’s important to focus on and what is not
Leif: My talk will have three lessons aimed at those making storage decisions for their company:

  1. What are the key factors to consider when evaluating storage options, and how can they affect your bottom line?  This is not only how storage tech influences your hardware, operations, and management costs, but also how it can facilitate new development initiatives and cut time-to-market for your products.
  2. How should you read benchmarks and marketing materials about storage technology?  You’ll learn what to look for in promotional material, and how to think critically about whether that material is applicable to your business needs.
  3. What’s the most effective way to communicate with storage vendors about your application’s requirements?  A lot of time can be spent in the early stages of a relationship in finding a common language for users and vendors to have meaningful discussions about users’ needs and vendors’ capacity to meet those needs.  With the tools you’ll learn in my talk, you’ll be able to accelerate quickly to the high-bandwidth conversations you need to have in order to make the right decision, and consequently, you’ll be empowered to evaluate more choices to find the best one faster.

Tom: In addition to IT decision-makers, who else should attend your session and what will they take away afterward?
Leif: My talk is primarily about the language that everyone in the storage community should be using to communicate. Therefore, storage vendors should attend to get ideas for how  to express their benchmarks and their system’s properties more effectively, and application developers and operations people will learn strategies for getting better support and for making a convincing case to the decision makers in their own company.

Tom: Which session(s) are you most looking forward to besides your own?
Leif: Sam Kottler is a good friend and an intensely experienced systems engineer with a dynamic and boisterous personality, so I can’t wait to hear more about his experiences with Linux tuning.

As one of the original developers of TokuMX, I’ll absolutely have to check out Stephane’s talk about it, but I promise not to heckle. Charity Majors is always hilarious and has great experiences and insights to share, so I’ll definitely check out her talk too.

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Catch Leif’s talk at Percona Live in Amsterdam September 21-23. Enter the promo code “BlogInterview” at registration and save €20! Register now!

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Aug
12
2015
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Percona Live Amsterdam Discounted Pricing and Community Dinner!

The countdown is on for the annual Percona Live Data Performance Conference and Expo in Europe! This year the conference will be taking place in the great city of Amsterdam September 21-23rd. This three day conference will focus on the latest trends, news and best practices in the MySQL, NoSQL and Data in the Cloud markets, while looking forward to what’s on the long-term horizon within the global Data Performance industry. With 84 breakout sessions, 8 tutorial sessions and 6 keynotes, including a Data in the Cloud keynote panel, there will certainly be no lack of content.
Advanced Rate Registration ENDS August 16th so make sure to register now to secure the best price possible.

As it is a Percona Live Conference, there will certainly be no lack of FUN either!!!!Rembrandt-Square

As tradition holds, there will be a Community Dinner. Tuesday night, September 22, Percona Live Diamond Sponsor Booking.com will be hosting the Community Dinner of the year at their very own headquarters located in historic Rembrandt Square in the heart of the city. After breakout sessions conclude, attendees will be picked up right outside of the venue and taken to booking.com’s headquarters by canal boats! This gives all attendees the opportunity to play “tourist” while viewing the beauty of Amsterdam from the water. amsterdam-bus-and-canal-boat-tour-3bfd6Attendees will be dropped off right next to Booking.com’s office! Come and show your support for the community while enjoying dinner and drinks! Space is limited so make sure to sign up ASAP!

So don’t forgetregister for the conference and sign up for the community dinner before space is gone!
See you in Amsterdam!

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Jul
09
2015
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Percona Live Europe 2015 conference, tutorials schedule now available

Percona Live Europe 2015The conference and tutorial schedule for Percona Live Europe 2015, September 21-23 in Amsterdam, was published this morning and this year’s event will focus on MySQL, NoSQL and Data in the Cloud.

Conference sessions, which will follow each morning’s keynote addresses, feature a variety of formal tracks and sessions. Topic areas include: high availability (HA), DevOps, programming, performance optimization, replication and backup, MySQL in the cloud, MySQL and NoSQL. There will also be MySQL case studies, session on security and talks about “What’s new in MySQL.”

Technology experts from the world’s leading MySQL and NoSQL vendors and users – including Oracle, MariaDB, Percona, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Yelp – will deliver the sessions. Sessions will include:

  • “InnoDB: A Journey to the Core,” Jeremy Cole, Systems Engineer, Google and Davi Arnaut, Software Engineer, LinkedIn
  • “MongoDB Patterns and Antipatterns for Dev and Ops,” Steffan Mejia, Principal Consulting Engineer, MongoDB, Inc.
  • “NoSQL’s Biggest Lie: SQL Never Went Away,” Matthew Revell, Lead Developer Advocate, Couchbase
  • “The Future of Replication is Today: New Features in Practice,” Giuseppe Maxia, Quality Assurance Architect, VMware
  • “What’s New in MySQL 5.7,” Geir Høydalsvik, Senior Software Development Director, Oracle
Tutorial Schedule

Tutorials provide practical, in-depth knowledge of critical MySQL issues. Topics will include:

  • “Best Practices for MySQL High Availability,” Colin Charles, Chief Evangelist, MariaDB
  • “Mongo Sharding from the Trench: A Veterans Field Guide,” David Murphy, Lead DBA, Rackspace Data Stores
  • “Advanced Percona XtraDB Cluster in a Nutshell, La Suite: Hands on Tutorial Not for Beginners!,” Frederic Descamps, Senior Architect, Percona
Featured Events
  • On Monday, September 21 at 5 p.m., Percona will host an opening reception at the Delirium Café in Amsterdam.
  • On Tuesday, September 22 at 7 p.m., the Community Dinner will take place at the offices of Booking.com.
  • On Wednesday September 23 at 6 p.m., the closing reception will be held at the Mövenpick Hotel, giving attendees one last chance to visit the sponsor kiosks.
Sponsorships

Sponsorship opportunities for Percona Live Europe 2015 are still available but they are selling out fast. Event sponsors become part of a dynamic and fast-growing ecosystem and interact with hundreds of DBAs, sysadmins, developers, CTOs, CEOs, business managers, technology evangelists, solution vendors and entrepreneurs who typically attend the event. This year’s conference will feature expanded accommodations and turnkey kiosks. Current sponsors include:

  • Diamond: VMware
  • Exhibitors: MariaDB, Severalnines
  • Media: Business Cloud News, Computerworld UK, TechWorld
Planning to Attend?

Early Bird registration discounts for Percona Live Europe 2015 are available through July 26, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. CEST.

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Jun
09
2015
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Percona Live Europe 2015! Call for speakers; registration open

Percona Live Europe 2015! Call for speakers; registration now openPercona Live is moving from London to Amsterdam this year and the event is also expanding to three full days. Percona Live Europe 2015, September 21-23, will be at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre. The call for speakers and Super Saver registration are now open. Hurry though because the deadline for submitting a speaking proposal is June 21st and Super Saver registration ends July 5th!

This year’s conference will feature one day of tutorials and two days of keynote talks and breakout sessions related to MySQL, NoSQL and Data in the Cloud. You’ll get briefed on the hottest topics, learn about operating a high-performing deployment and hear from top-industry leaders describe the future of the ecosystem – encompassing MySQL, MariaDB, Percona Server, MongoDB (and more). Attendees include DBAs, sysadmins, developers, architects, CTOs, CEOs, and vendors from around the world.

Have something to say? Why not lead a breakout session or a tutorial?

Breakout sessions are 50 minutes including a Q&A. Tutorial sessions focus on an immediate and practical application of in-depth MySQL and NoSQL knowledge. Tutorial speakers should assume that attendees will have laptops to work through detailed and potentially hands-on presentations. Tutorials are typically three hours long including a Q&A, however, if you have content for a full day, submissions for 6-hour-long tutorials are also being accepted. If your tutorial or breakout session is approved, you’ll receive a complimentary full-conference pass.

Huge thanks to our Conference Committee!

There would be no Percona Live without the hard work of our conference committees. Meet this year’s Percona Live Europe 2015 Conference Committee – a dedicated group of experts in MySQL, NoSQL and Data in the Cloud:

  • Erik Beebe – Founder and CTO, ObjectRocket
  • Luis Motta Campos – Database Administrator, ebay Classifieds Group
  • Colin Charles – Chief Evangelist, MariaDB
  • César Trigo Esteban – Development Director, Gigigo
  • Kenny Gorman – Chief Technologist; Data. Office of the CTO, Rackspace
  • Amrith Kumar – Founder and CTO, Tesora
  • Giuseppe Maxia – Quality Assurance Architect, VMWare
  • Shlomi Noach – Senior Systems Engineer, Booking.com
  • Konstantin Osipov – Engineering Manager, Mail.Ru
  • Morgan Tocker – MySQL Community Manager, Oracle
  • Art van Scheppingen – Head of Database Engineering, Spil Games
  • Charity Majors- Production Engineering Manager, Facebook
  • Peter Zaitsev – Co-founder and CEO, Percona

Sponsorships

Sponsorship opportunities for Percona Live Europe 2015 are now available. Sponsors become part of a dynamic and fast-growing ecosystem and interact with hundreds of DBAs, sysadmins, developers, CTOs, CEOs, business managers, technology evangelists, solution vendors, and entrepreneurs who typically attend the event. This year’s conference will feature expanded accommodations and turnkey kiosks.

Planning to attend?

Super Saver registration discounts for Percona Live Europe 2015 are available through July 5th (at 11:30 p.m. CEST). Visit the Percona Live Europe 2015 website for more information about the conference. Interested community members can also register to receive email updates about Percona Live Europe 2015.

Percona has also negotiated a special hotel rate at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre. If you book your hotel before July 6th your delicious breakfast is included.

I hope to see you in Amsterdam!

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