Percona Live Europe 2017 Call for Papers Deadline Extended to July 24, 2017

Percona Live Call for Papers

Percona Live Call for PapersWe are extending the Percona Live Open Source Database Conference Europe 2017 call for papers deadline to Monday, July 24, 2017. Get your submissions in now!

Between our Conference Committee working hard to review all the outstanding talk ideas, and the many community requests for more time, we didn’t want to shortchange any of our applicants. If you procrastinated too long, didn’t complete your talk submission or just plain forgot to submit, this is your reprieve! You have one extra week to pull together a proposal for a talk on open source databases at Percona Live Europe 2017.

The theme of Percona Live Europe 2017 is “Championing Open Source Databases.” There are sessions on MySQL, MariaDBMongoDB and Other Open Source Database technologies, including time series databases, PostgreSQL and RocksDB. Are you:

  • Working with MongoDB as a developer?
  • Creating a new MySQL-variant time series database?
  • Deploying MariaDB in a novel way?
  • Using open source database technology to solve a business issue?

Share your open source database experiences with peers and professionals in the open source community! We invite you to submit your speaking proposal for breakout, tutorial or lightning talk sessions:

  • Breakout Session. Broadly cover a technology area using specific examples. Sessions should be either 25 minutes or 50 minutes in length (including Q&A).
  • Tutorial Session. Present a technical session that aims for a level between a training class and a conference breakout session. Encourage attendees to bring and use laptops for working on detailed and hands-on presentations. Tutorials will be three or six hours in length (including Q&A).
  • Lightning Talk. Give a five-minute presentation focusing on one key point that interests the open source community: technical, lighthearted or entertaining talks on new ideas, a successful project, a cautionary story, a quick tip or demonstration.

Submit your talk ideas now.

PLEASE NOTE: We have a new call for papers system that requires everyone to register for a new account. You can save proposals as drafts and edit them later. Once a proposal is submitted, it is final. You can NOT change a proposal once submitted.

Register for Percona Live Europe 2017 now! Early Bird registration lasts until August 8

Last year’s Percona Live Europe sold out, and we’re looking to do the same at this year’s conference. Don’t miss your chance to get your ticket at its most affordable price. Click here to register.

Percona Live 2017 sponsorship opportunities are available now

Percona Live Europe 2017 is just around the corner. Have you secured your sponsorship yet? Last year’s event sold out! Booth selection for our limited sponsorship opportunities is on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to find out how to sponsor.

Don’t miss out on a special room rate at the Percona Live Europe 2017 venue

This year, Percona Live Europe is being held at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin. You can get a special room rate when you attend the conference. But hurry, rooms are going fast! To get the special room rate:

  1. Visit https://www.radissonblu.com/en/royalhotel-dublin.
  2. Click BOOK NOW at the top right.
  3. Enter your preferred check-in and check-out dates, and how many rooms.
  4. From the drop-down “Select Rate Type,” choose Promotional Code.
  5. Enter the code PERCON to get the discount.

This special deal includes breakfast each morning! The group rate only applies if used within the Percona Live Europe group block dates (September 25-27, 2017). The deadline for booking with this rate is July 24, 2017.


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.


Percona Live Featured Session: Using SelectStar to Monitor and Tune Your Databases

Percona Live Featured SessionWelcome to another post in the series of Percona Live featured session blogs! In these blogs, we’ll highlight some of the session speakers that will be at this year’s Percona Live conference. We’ll also discuss how these sessions can help you improve your database environment. Make sure to read to the end to get a special Percona Live 2017 registration bonus!

In this Percona Live featured session, we’ll meet the folks at SelectStar, a database monitoring and management tool company. SelectStar will be a sponsor at Percona Live this year.

I recently came across the SelectStar database monitoring product. There are a number of monitoring products on the market (with the evolution of various SaaS and on-premises solutions), but SelectStar piqued my interest for a few reasons. I had a chance to speak with Cameron Jones, Principal Product Manager at SelectStar about their tool:

Percona: What are the challenges that lead to developing SelectStar?

Cameron: One of the challenges that we’ve found in the database monitoring and management sector comes from the dilution of the database market – and not in a bad way. Traditional, closed source database solutions continue to be used across the board (especially by large enterprises), but open source options like MySQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL and Elasticsearch continue to gain traction as organizations seek solutions that meet their demand for agility and flexibility.

From a database monitoring perspective, this adds some challenges. Traditional solutions are focused on monitoring RDBMS and are really great at it, while newer solutions may only focus on one piece of the puzzle (NoSQL or cloud only, for example).

Percona: How does SelectStar compare to other monitoring and management tools?

Cameron: SelectStar covers a wide array of open and closed source database solutions and is easy to setup. This makes it ideal for enterprises that have a lot going on. Here is the matrix of supported products from our website:

Database Types Key Metrics Monitored by SelectStar
Big Data

  • Hadoop
  • Cassandra
  • Ops Counters – Inserts, Queries, etc.
  • Network Traffic
  • Asserts
  • Locks
  • Memory Usage

  • Amazon Aurora
  • Amazon Dynamo
  • Amazon RDS
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Queries
  • Memory Usage
  • Network
  • CPU Balance
  • IOPS

  • MongoDB
  • Ops Counters – Inserts, Queries, etc.
  • Network Traffic
  • Asserts
  • Locks
  • Memory Usage
Open Source

  • PostgreSQL
  • MongoDB
  • MySQL
  • MariaDB
  • Average Query Execution Time
  • Query Executions
  • Memory Usage
  • Wait Time
Traditional RDBMS

  • IBM DB2
  • MS SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • Average Query Execution Time
  • Query Executions
  • Memory Usage
  • Wait Time

In addition to monitoring key metrics for different database types, one of the key differences with SelectStar came from its comprehensive alerts and recommendations system.

The alerts and recommendations are designed to ensure you have an immediate understanding of key issues – and where they are coming from. MonYOG is great at this for MySQL, but lacks on other aspects. With SelectStar, you can pinpoint the exact database instance that may be causing the issue; or go further up the chain and see if it’s an issue impacting several database instances at the host level.

Recommendations are often tied to alerts – if you have a red alert, there’s going to be a recommendation tied to it on how you can improve. However, the recommendations pop up even if your database is completely healthy – ensuring that you have visibility into how you can improve your configuration before you actually have an issue impacting performance.

With insight into key metrics, alerts and recommendations, you can fine tune your database performance. In addition, it gives you the opportunity to become more proactive with your database monitoring.

Percona: Is configuring SelectStar difficult?

Cameron: SelectStar is easy to set up – in fact, most customers are up and running in 20 minutes.

Simply head over to the website – selectstar.io – and log in. From there, you’ll be greeted by a welcome screen where you can easily click through and configure a database.

Percona Live Featured Session SelectStar

To configure a database, you select your type:

Percona Live Featured Session SelectStar

And from there, set up your collector by inputting some key information.

Percona Live Featured Session SelectStar

And that’s it! As soon as it’s configured, the collector will start gathering information and data is populated within 20 minutes.

Percona: How does SelectStar work?

Cameron: Using agentless collectors, SelectStar gathers data from both your on-premises and AWS platforms so that you can have insight into all of your database instances.

Percona Live Featured Session SelectStar

The collector is basically an independent machine within your infrastructure that pulls data from your database. It is low impact so that it doesn’t impact performance. This is a different approach from all of the other monitoring tools.

Percona Live Featured Session

Router Metrics (Shown Above)

Percona Live Featured Session

Mongo relationship tree displaying router, databases, replica set, shards and nodes. (Shown Above)

Percona: Any final thoughts? What are you looking forward to at Percona Live?

Cameron: If you’re in the market for a new database monitoring solution, SelectStar is worth looking at because it covers a breadth of databases with the depth into key metrics, alerts and notifications that optimize performance across your databases. We have a free trial, so you have an easy option to try it. We’re looking forward to meeting with as much of the community as possible, getting feedback and hearing about people’s monitoring needs.

Register for Percona Live Data Performance Conference 2017, and meet the creators of SelectStar. You can find them at selectstar.ioUse the code FeaturedTalk and receive $100 off the current registration price!

Percona Live Data Performance Conference 2017 is the premier open source event for the data performance ecosystem. It is the place to be for the open source community, as well as businesses that thrive in the MySQL, NoSQL, cloud, big data and Internet of Things (IoT) marketplaces. Attendees include DBAs, sysadmins, developers, architects, CTOs, CEOs, and vendors from around the world.

The Percona Live Data Performance Conference will be April 24-27, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara & The Santa Clara Convention Center.


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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Announcing Drizzle Day, Fri 13th April 2012

Percona is proud to sponsor the 4th Drizzle Day, this year being held on the 13th April, the day after the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo.

When: Friday, April 13th 2012 from 9:30 am

Where: Cypress room, Mezzanine Level, Hyatt Regency Santa Clara (5101 Great America Parkway)

What: Drizzle Day is a day to learn about Drizzle, how to use Drizzle, migrating to Drizzle and contributing to Drizzle. If you’re interested in a database for modern web applications, relational databases being deployed in the cloud, advanced replication techniques (such as crash safe replication, multi-sourced replication and being able to consume the replication stream in your application), AlsoSQL (a HTTP interface to a relational database), testing and performance – then Drizzle day is for you!

Price: Admission is free, however the Drizzle team would love you to consider making a voluntary donation between 50 – 150 USD to our SPI account to cover for the costs of this conference: click here to donate. Note that if you are expensing your travel and Percona Live attendance with your employer anyway, you can also expense this payment as a conference fee.

Lunch: There are various options with different prices for lunch inside and outside of the Hyatt. We will provide coffee, tea, beverages and snacks inside the Cypress room both for morning and afternoon breaks. Please let us know of diet or allergy restrictions in your RSVP.

Registrations: Space is limited, so please RSVP right away to ensure you get a spot. RSVP at henrik@drizzle.org so we can plan the space and refreshments.

A draft schedule is on the Drizzle Day website.


linux.conf.au 2012 roundup

I spent last week at linux.conf.au in Ballarat, Victoria (that’s the Victoria in Australia, not wherever else there may be one) which is only a pleasant two hour drive from my home town of Melbourne (Australia, not Florida). I sent an email internally to our experts detailing bits of the conference that may interest them – and I thought that it may also interest our wider readers who are interested in all levels of the software stack.

For those that don’t know: linux.conf.au is one of (if not the) most awesome technical conference in the free software space. It consistently attracts a wide variety of very knowledgable speakers and a large number of attendees.

Every year it is put together by a (different) set of volunteers, and this means it also tours around the country (and sometimes even New Zealand). This year it was in Ballarat – a regional city a couple of hours drive out of Melbourne. One of the great things about LCA is that you are not always at the same hotel, in the same city stuck with the same two restaurants.

This year had a bit of an increased focus on privacy, security and basic freedoms and human rights. This is no doubt a reaction to the increased attacks on freedom of speech and the internet that have been going on in recent months.

That being said, there were a huge number of great talks on a variety of topics – everything from filesystem performance to open hardware, to repurposing existing hardware to upcoming challenges for the kernel to howto be a better sysadmin. In fact… for those who weren’t there and spend any of their life helping people admin machines – go and watch those talks.

linux.conf.au (for me) is one of the cannot-miss events in the year. It’s an opportunity to learn things that directly apply to my work, may apply in the future and most certainly will never apply but are rather cool anyway.

All the video from the conference are already up! This is an amazing effort from the (volunteer) AV team. I’ve included links to a selection of talks below that I especially think are worth watching:

Watch no matter what:

  • Keynote – Karen Sandler
    This keynote was amazing. Go watch it. The organisers did a truly excellent job at selecting keynotes this year.
  • Keynote – Jacob Appelbaum
    This is best described as a tour of internet freedom, the attacks on it and a tour of the modern surveillance state.
  • UEFI and Linux: The future is here and it’s awful
    You will be depressed at some point in this talk – the news is not great for the future of even being able to easily boot free software on machines.
  • Paul Fenwick’s Keynote
    A good quick introduction to hacking your brain. I’m sure many of you (like me) are interested in ways to hack our brains and our bodies to better serve us. This talk is merely an introduction. I also suggest you check out Anki if you want to improve your ability to remember things.
  • Torturing OpenSSL
    This was certainly one of the most amazing talks I saw. A whole new interesting way of attacking SSL. Vary CPU voltage, extract private SSL keys! Wheee!
  • The Kernel Report – Jonathan Corbet
    You can skip this only if you read every single mail on LKML, run your own analysis on the kernel source tree and publish an (at least) weekly publication on Linux.
    This is one of the few (err… only) talks that is repeatedly accepted into linux.conf.au. Why? Because Jon manages to compress a whole year of activity in the Linux world int oa single session that is incredibly informative.
  • I Can’t Believe This Is Butter! A tour of BTRFS
    This is going to be the default filesystem in a number of places over the next few years, time to start learning! While it’s unlikely to be suitable for database workloads anywhere in the near future, I suspect we’ll see BTRFS as the root filesystem and XFS as the filesystem for the database server in the not too distant future.
  • Mistakes Were Made
    This session explores a number of rather indispensable things for those in operations – but also leaks over into development. Learning from our mistakes can only make us better at doing our jobs.
  • Hack Everything: repurposing everyday devices
    This was great fun – reuse existing hardware to do awesome things!

Talks that could be quite interesting for you, depending on your interests:

Talks I shall be watching the videos of as I was in another talk at the time:

My Talk:

All the videos are going up at:


Slides from my Sphinx talk at RIT++ 2010

While the majority of Percona gang travelled to California for the MySQL event of the year, I headed in the opposite direction to Moscow for RIT++ 2010 conference where I presented a talk on Sphinx. You can get the PDF file here – Improving MySQL-based applications performance with Sphinx.



I have been invited to talk at Open Source Data Center Conference in Nürnberg, Germany in June this year, so I hope I can meet some of you there.

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