Sep
20
2021
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Fivetran hauls in $565M on $5.6B valuation, acquires competitor HVR for $700M

Fivetran, the data connectivity startup, had a big day today. For starters it announced a $565 million investment on a $5.6 billion valuation, but it didn’t stop there. It also announced its second acquisition this year, snagging HVR, a data integration competitor that had raised more than $50 million, for $700 million in cash and stock.

The company last raised a $100 million Series C on a $1.2 billion valuation, increasing the valuation by over 5x. As with that Series C, Andreessen Horowitz was back leading the round, with participation from other double dippers General Catalyst, CEAS Investments, Matrix Partners and other unnamed firms or individuals. New investors ICONIQ Capital, D1 Capital Partners and YC Continuity also came along for the ride. The company reports it has now raised $730 million.

The HVR acquisition represents a hefty investment for the startup, grabbing a company for a price that is almost equal to all the money it has raised to date, but it provides a way to expand its market quickly by buying a competitor. Earlier this year Fivetran acquired Teleport Data as it continues to add functionality and customers via acquisition.

“The acquisition — a cash and stock deal valued at $700 million — strengthens Fivetran’s market position as one of the data integration leaders for all industries and all customer types,” the company said in a statement.

While that may smack of corporate marketing-speak, there is some truth to it, as pulling data from multiple sources, sometimes in siloed legacy systems, is a huge challenge for companies, and both Fivetran and HVR have developed tools to provide the pipes to connect various data sources and put it to work across a business.

Data is central to a number of modern enterprise practices, including customer experience management, which takes advantage of customer data to deliver customized experiences based on what you know about them, and data is the main fuel for machine learning models, which use it to understand and learn how a process works. Fivetran and HVR provide the nuts and bolts infrastructure to move the data around to where it’s needed, connecting to various applications like Salesforce, Box or Airtable, databases like Postgres SQL or data repositories like Snowflake or Databricks.

Whether bigger is better remains to be seen, but Fivetran is betting that it will be in this case as it makes its way along the startup journey. The transaction has been approved by both companies’ boards. The deal is still subject to standard regulatory approval, but Fivetran is expecting it to close in October.

Sep
20
2021
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Talking Drupal #312 – DrupalPod

Welcome to Talking Drupal. Today we are talking about DrupalPod with Ofer Shaal.

TalkingDrupal.com/312

Topics

  • Nic – Voting
  • Tara –
    • Did not found core mentoring :oops:
    • New job – Just started a few weeks ago so I’m still getting up to speed.
  • Ofer –
    • Editoria11y, Drupal module to help content editors with accessibility
    • WordTune – Free AI service, rewrite paragraphs.
  • John – SearchStax
  • Module of the Week – Redirect After Login
  • What is DrupalPod?
  • What was the inspiration for DrupalPod?
  • Who are the maintainers?
  • How does DrupalPod work?
  • Are you looking for help maintaining DrupalPod?
  • Who uses DrupalPod?
  • How much of DrupalPod is Open Source?
  • What are some of the features of DrupalPod we haven’t talked about yet?
  • What improvements are on the roadmap? Does it have a roadmap?
  • Where did the DrupalPod Logo come from, who created it?
  • How can people get involved with DrupalPod?
  • Changing gears a bit before we end, what is it like seeing Drupal rector utilized so extensively across contrib?

  Resources

SearchStax Editoria11y WordTune DrupalPod Contributing to Core Gitpod SimplyTestMe GitPod Setup Druxt

Guests

Ofer Shaal – @shaal

Hosts

Nic Laflin – www.nLighteneddevelopment.com @nicxvan John Picozzi – www.epam.com @johnpicozzi Tara King – @sparklingrobots

Sep
20
2021
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Bzaar bags $4M to enable US retailers to source home, lifestyle products from India

Small businesses in the U.S. now have a new way to source home and lifestyle goods from new manufacturers. Bzaar, a business-to-business cross-border marketplace, is connecting retailers with over 50 export-ready manufacturers in India.

The U.S.-based company announced Monday that it raised $4 million in seed funding, led by Canaan Partners, and including angel investors Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal, PhonePe founders Sameer Nigam and Rahul Chari, Addition founder Lee Fixel and Helion Ventures co-founder Ashish Gupta.

Nishant Verman and Prasanth Nair co-founded Bzaar in 2020 and consider their company to be like a “fair without borders,” Verman put it. Prior to founding Bzaar, Verman was at Bangalore-based Flipkart until it was acquired by Walmart in 2018. He then was at Canaan Partners in the U.S.

“We think the next 10 years of global trade will be different from the last 100 years,” he added. “That’s why we think this business needs to exist.”

Traditionally, small U.S. buyers did not have feet on the ground in manufacturing hubs, like China, to manage shipments of goods in the same way that large retailers did. Then Alibaba came along in the late 1990s and began acting as a gatekeeper for cross-border purchases, Verman said. U.S. goods imports from China totaled $451.7 billion in 2019, while U.S. goods imports from India in 2019 were $87.4 billion.

Bzaar screenshot. Image Credits: Bzaar

Small buyers could buy home and lifestyle goods, but it was typically through the same sellers, and there was not often a unique selection, nor were goods available handmade or using organic materials, he added.

With Bzaar, small buyers can purchase over 10,000 wholesale goods on its marketplace from other countries like India and Southeast Asia. The company guarantees products arrive within two weeks and manage all of the packaging logistics and buyer protection.

Verman and Nair launched the marketplace in April and had thousands users in three continents purchasing from the platform within six months. Meanwhile, products on Bzaar are up to 50% cheaper than domestic U.S. platforms, while SKU selection is growing doubling every month, Verman said.

The new funding will enable the company to invest in marketing to get in front of buyers and invest on its technology to advance its cataloging feature so that goods pass through customs seamlessly. Wanting to provide new features for its small business customers, Verman also intends to create a credit feature to enable buyers to pay in installments or up to 90 days later.

“We feel this is a once-in-a-lifetime shift in how global trade works,” he added. “You need the right team in place to do this because the problem is quite complex to take products from a small town in Vietnam to Nashville. With our infrastructure in place, the good news is there are already shops and buyers, and we are stitching them together to give buyers a seamless experience.”

 

Sep
20
2021
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Airwallex raises $200M at a $4B valuation to double down on business banking

Business, now more than ever before, is going digital, and today a startup that’s building a vertically integrated solution to meet business banking needs is announcing a big round of funding to tap into the opportunity. Airwallex — which provides business banking services directly to businesses themselves as well as via a set of APIs that power other companies’ fintech products — has raised $200 million, a Series E round of funding that values the Australian startup at $4 billion.

Lone Pine Capital is leading the round, with new backers G Squared and Vetamer Capital Management, and previous backers 1835i Ventures (formerly ANZi), DST Global, Salesforce Ventures and Sequoia Capital China also participating.

The funding brings the total raised by Airwallex — which has head offices in Hong Kong and Melbourne, Australia — to $700 million, including a $100 million injection that closed out its Series D just six months ago.

Airwallex will be using the funding both to continue investing in its product and technology as well as to continue its geographical expansion and to focus on some larger business targets. The company has started to make some headway into Europe and the U.K. and that will be one big focus, along with the U.S.

The quick succession of funding and rising valuation underscore Airwallex’s traction to date around what CEO and co-founder Jack Zhang describes as a vertically integrated strategy.

That involves two parts. First, Airwallex has built all the infrastructure for the business banking services that it provides directly to businesses with a focus on small and medium enterprise customers. Second, it has packaged up that infrastructure into a set of APIs that a variety of other companies use to provide financial services directly to their customers without needing to build those services themselves — the so-called “embedded finance” approach.

“We want to own the whole ecosystem,” Zhang said to me. “We want to be like the Apple of business finance.”

That seems to be working out so far for Airwallex. Revenues were up almost 150% for the first half of 2021 compared to a year before, with the company processing more than US$20 billion for a global client portfolio that has quadrupled in size. In addition to tens of thousands of SMEs, it also, via APIs, powers financial services for other companies like GOAT, Papaya Global and Stake.

Airwallex got its start like many of the strongest startups do: It was built to solve a problem that the founders encountered themselves. In the case of Airwallex, Zhang tells me he had actually been working on a previous startup idea. He wanted to build the “Blue Bottle Coffee” of Asia Pacific out of Australia, and it involved buying and importing a lot of different materials, packaging and, of course, coffee from all around the world.

“We found that making payments as a small business was slow and expensive,” he said, since it involved banks in different countries and different banking systems, manual efforts to transfer money between them and many days to clear the payments. “But that was also my background — payments and trading — and so I decided that it was a much more fascinating problem for me to work on and resolve.”

Eventually one of his co-founders in the coffee effort came along, with the four co-founders of Airwallex ultimately including Zhang, along with Xijing Dai, Lucy Liu and Max Li.

It was 2014, and Airwallex got attention from VCs early on in part for being in the right place at the right time. A wave of startups building financial services for SMBs were definitely gaining ground in North America and Europe, filling a long-neglected hole in the technology universe, but there was almost nothing of the sort in the Asia Pacific region, and in those earlier days solutions were highly regionalized.

From there it was a no-brainer that starting with cross-border payments, the first thing Airwallex tackled, would soon grow into a wider suite of banking services involving payments and other cross-border banking services.

“In the last six years, we’ve built more than 50 bank integrations and now offer payments across 95 countries, payments through a partner network,” he added, with 43 of those offering real-time transactions. From that, it moved on to bank accounts and “other primitive stuff” with card issuance and more, he said, eventually building an end-to-end payment stack. 

Airwallex has tens of thousands of customers using its financial services directly, and they make up about 40% of its revenues today. The rest is the interesting turn the company decided to take to expand its business.

Airwallex had built all of its technology from the ground up itself, and it found that — given the wave of new companies looking for more ways to engage customers and become their one-stop shop — there was an opportunity to package that tech up in a set of APIs and sell that on to a different set of customers, those who also provided services for small businesses. That part of the business now accounts for 60% of Airwallex’s business, Zhang said, and is growing faster in terms of revenues. (The SMB business is growing faster in terms of customers, he said.)

A lot of embedded finance startups that base their business around building tech to power other businesses tend to stay at arm’s length from offering financial services directly to consumers. The explanation I have heard is that they do not wish to compete against their customers. Zhang said that Airwallex takes a different approach, by being selective about the customers they partner with, so that the financial services they offer would never be the kind that would not be in direct competition. The GOAT marketplace for sneakers, or Papaya Global’s HR platform are classic examples of this.

However, as Airwallex continues to grow, you can’t help but wonder whether one of those partners might like to gobble up all of Airwallex and take on some of that service provision role itself. In that context, it’s very interesting to see Salesforce Ventures returning to invest even more in the company in this round, given how widely the company has expanded from its early roots in software for salespeople into a massive platform providing a huge range of cloud services to help people run their businesses.

For now, it’s been the combination of its unique roots in Asia Pacific, plus its vertical approach of building its tech from the ground up, plus its retail acumen that has impressed investors and may well see Airwallex stay independent and grow for some time to come.

“Airwallex has a clear competitive advantage in the digital payments market,” said David Craver, MD at Lone Pine Capital, in a statement. “Its unique Asia-Pacific roots, coupled with its innovative infrastructure, products and services, speak volumes about the business’ global growth opportunities and its impressive expansion in the competitive payment providers space. We are excited to invest in Airwallex at this dynamic time, and look forward to helping drive the company’s expansion and success worldwide.”

Updated to note that the coffee business was in Australia, not Hong Kong.

Sep
20
2021
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Flippa raises $11M to match online asset and business buyers, sellers

Flippa, an online marketplace to buy and sell online businesses and digital assets, announced its first venture-backed round, an $11 million Series A, as it sees over 600,000 monthly searches from investors looking to connect with business owners.

OneVentures led the round and was joined by existing investors Andrew Walsh (former Hitwise CEO), Flippa co-founders Mark Harbottle and Matt Mickiewicz, 99designs, as well as new investors Catch.com.au founders Gabby and Hezi Leibovich; RetailMeNot.com founders Guy King and Bevan Clarke; and Reactive Media founders Tim O’Neill and Tim Fouhy.

The company, with bases in both Austin and Australia, was started in 2009 and facilitates exits for millions of online business owners, some that operate on e-commerce marketplaces, blogs, SaaS and apps, the newest data integration being for Shopify, Blake Hutchison, CEO of Flippa, told TechCrunch.

He considers Flippa to be “the investment bank for the 99%,” of small businesses, providing an end-to end platform that includes a proprietary valuation product for businesses — processing over 4,000 valuations each month — and a matching algorithm to connect with qualified buyers.

Business owners can sell their companies directly through the platform and have the option to bring in a business broker or advisor. The company also offers due diligence and acquisition financing from Thrasio-owned Yardline Capital and a new service called Flippa Legal.

“Our strategy is verification at the source, i.e. data,” Hutchison said. “Users can currently connect to Stripe, QuickBooks Online, WooCommerce, Google Analytics and Admob for apps, which means they can expose their online business performance with one-click, and buyers can seamlessly assess financial and operational performance.”

Online retail, as a share of total retail sales, grew to 19.6% in 2020, up from 15.8% in 2019, driven largely by the global pandemic as sales shifted online while brick-and-mortar stores closed.

Meanwhile, Amazon has 6 million sellers, and Shopify sellers run over 1 million businesses. This has led to an emergence of e-commerce aggregators, backed by venture capital dollars, that are scooping up successful businesses to grow, finding many through Flippa’s marketplace, Hutchison said.

Flippa has over 3 million registered users and added 300,000 new registered users in the past 12 months. Overall transaction volume grows 100% year over year. Though being bootstrapped for over a decade, the company’s growth and opportunity drove Hutchison to go after venture capital dollars.

“There is a huge movement toward this being recognized as an asset class,” he said. “At the moment, the asset class is undervalued and driving a massive swarm as investors snap up businesses and aggregate them together. We see the future of these aggregators becoming ‘X company for apps’ or ‘X for blogs.’ ”

As such, the new funding will be used to double the company’s headcount to more than 100 people as it builds out its offices globally, as well as establishing outposts in Melbourne, San Francisco and Austin. The company will also invest in marketing and product development to scale its business valuation tool that Hutchison likens to the “Zillow Zestimate,” but for online businesses.

Nigel Dews, operating partner at OneVentures, has been following Flippa since it started. His firm is one of the oldest venture capital firms in Australia and has 30 companies in its portfolio focused on healthcare and technology.

He believes the company will create meaningful change for small businesses. The team combined with Flippa’s ability to connect buyers and sellers puts the company in a strong leadership position to take advantage of the marketplace effect.

“Flippa is an incredible opportunity for us,” he added. “You don’t often get a world-leading business in a brand new category with incredible tailwinds. We also liked that the company is based in Australia, but half of its revenue comes from the U.S.”

Sep
17
2021
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Zoom looks beyond video conferencing as triple-digit 2020 growth begins to slow

It’s been a heady 12-18 months for Zoom, the decade-old company that experienced monster 2020 growth and more recently, a mega acquisition with the $14.7 billion Five9 deal in July. That addition is part of a broader strategy the company has been undertaking the last couple of years to move beyond its core video conferencing market into adjacencies like phone, meeting management and messaging, among other things. Here’s a closer look at how the plan is unfolding.

As the pandemic took hold in March 2020, everyone from businesses to schools to doctors and and places of worship moved online. As they did, Zoom video conferencing became central to this cultural shift and the revenue began pouring in, ushering in a period of sustained triple-digit growth for the company that only recently abated.

Sep
17
2021
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Migration of a MySQL Database to a Kubernetes Cluster Using Asynchronous Replication

Migration of a MySQL Database to a Kubernetes Cluster Using Asynchronous Replication

Migration of a MySQL Database to a Kubernetes Cluster Using Asynchronous ReplicationNowadays, more and more companies are thinking about the migration of their infrastructure to Kubernetes. Databases are no exception. There were a lot of k8s operators that were created to simplify the different types of deployments and also perform routine day-to-day tasks like making the backups, renewing certificates, and so on.  If a few years ago nobody wanted to even listen about running databases in Kubernetes,  everything has changed now.

At Percona, we created a few very featureful k8s operators for Percona Server for MongoDB, PostgreSQL, and MySQL databases. Today we will talk about using cross-site replication – a new feature that was added to the latest release of Percona Distribution for MySQL Operator. This feature is based on synchronous connection failover mechanism.
The cross-site replication involves configuring one Percona XtraDB Cluster or a single/several MySQL servers as Source, and another Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC) as a replica to allow asynchronous replication between them.  If an operator has several sources in custom resource (CR), it will automatically handle connection failure of the source DB.
This cross-site replication feature is supported only since MySQL 8.0.23, but you can read about migrating MySQL of earlier versions in this blog post.

The Goal

Migrate the MySQL database, which is deployed on-prem or in the cloud, to the Percona Distribution for MySQL Operator using asynchronous replication. This approach helps you reduce downtime and data loss for your application.

So, we have the following setup:

Migration of MySQL database to Kubernetes cluster using asynchronous replication

The following components are used:

1. MySQL 8.0.23 database (in my case it is Percona Server for MySQL) which is deployed in DO (as a Source) and Percona XtraBackup for the backup. In my test deployment, I use only one server as a Source to simplify the deployment. Depending on your topology of DB deployment, you can use several servers to use synchronous connection failover mechanism on the operator’s end.

2. Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) cluster where Percona Distribution for MySQL Operator is deployed with PXC cluster (as a target).

3. AWS S3 bucket is used to save the backup from MySQL DB and then to restore the PXC cluster in k8s.

The following steps should be done to perform the migration procedure:

1. Make the MySQL database backup using Percona XtraBackup and upload it to the S3 bucket using xbcloud.

2. Perform the restore of the MySQL database from the S3 bucket into the PXC cluster which is deployed in k8s.

3. Configure asynchronous replication between MySQL server and PXC cluster managed by k8s operator.

As a result, we have asynchronous replication between MySQL server and PXC cluster in k8s which is in read-only mode.

Migration

Configure the target PXC cluster managed by k8s operator:

1. Deploy Percona Distribution for MySQL Operator on Kubernetes (I have used GKE 1.20).

# clone the git repository
git clone -b v1.9.0 https://github.com/percona/percona-xtradb-cluster-operator
cd percona-xtradb-cluster-operator

# deploy the operator
kubectl apply -f deploy/bundle.yaml

2. Create PXC cluster using the default custom resource manifest (CR).

# create my-cluster-secrets secret (do no use default passwords for production systems)
kubectl apply -f deploy/secrets.yaml

# create cluster by default it will be PXC 8.0.23
kubectl apply -f deploy/cr.yaml

3. Create the secret with credentials for the AWS S3 bucket which will be used for access to the S3 bucket during the restoration procedure.

# create S3-secret.yaml file with following content, and use correct credentials instead of XXXXXX

apiVersion: v1
kind: Secret
metadata:
  name: aws-s3-secret
type: Opaque
data:
  AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID: XXXXXX
  AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY: XXXXXX

# create secret
kubectl apply -f S3-secret.yaml

Configure the Source MySQL Server

1. Install Percona Server for MySQL 8.0.23 and Percona XtraBackup for the backup. Refer to the Installing Percona Server for MySQL and Installing Percona XtraBackup chapters in the documentation for installation instructions.


NOTE:
You need to add the following options to my.cnf to enable GTID support; otherwise, replication will not work because it is used by the PXC cluster  by default.

[mysqld]
enforce_gtid_consistency=ON
gtid_mode=ON

2. Create all needed users who will be used by k8s operator, the password should be the same as in

deploy/secrets.yaml

. Also, please note that the password for the root user should be the same as in deploy/secrets.yaml file for k8s the secret.  In my case, I used our default passwords from

deploy/secrets.yaml

file.

CREATE USER 'monitor'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'monitory' WITH MAX_USER_CONNECTIONS 100;
GRANT SELECT, PROCESS, SUPER, REPLICATION CLIENT, RELOAD ON *.* TO 'monitor'@'%';
GRANT SERVICE_CONNECTION_ADMIN ON *.* TO 'monitor'@'%';

CREATE USER 'operator'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'operatoradmin';
GRANT ALL ON *.* TO 'operator'@'%' WITH GRANT OPTION;

CREATE USER 'xtrabackup'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'backup_password';
GRANT ALL ON *.* TO 'xtrabackup'@'%';

CREATE USER 'replication'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'repl_password';
GRANT REPLICATION SLAVE ON *.* to 'replication'@'%';
FLUSH PRIVILEGES;

2. Make the backup of MySQL database using XtraBackup tool and upload it to S3 bucket.

# export aws credentials
export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=XXXXXX
export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=XXXXXX

#make the backup
xtrabackup --backup --stream=xbstream --target-dir=/tmp/backups/ --extra-lsndirk=/tmp/backups/  --password=root_password | xbcloud put --storage=s3 --parallel=10 --md5 --s3-bucket="mysql-testing-bucket" "db-test-1"

Now, everything is ready to perform the restore of the backup on the target database. So, let’s get back to our k8s cluster.

Configure the Asynchronous Replication to the Target PXC Cluster

If you have a completely clean source database (without any data), you can skip the points connected with backup and restoration of the database. Otherwise, do the following:

1. Restore the backup from the S3 bucket using the following manifest:

# create restore.yml file with following content

apiVersion: pxc.percona.com/v1
kind: PerconaXtraDBClusterRestore
metadata:
  name: restore1
spec:
  pxcCluster: cluster1
  backupSource:
    destination: s3://mysql-testing-bucket/db-test-1
    s3:
      credentialsSecret: aws-s3-secret
      region: us-east-1

# trigger the restoration procedure
kubectl apply -f restore.yml

As a result, you will have a PXC cluster with data from the source DB. Now everything is ready to configure the replication.

2. Edit custom resource manifest

deploy/cr.yaml

  to configure

spec.pxc.replicationChannels

 section.

spec:
  ...
  pxc:
    ...
    replicationChannels:
    - name: ps_to_pxc1
      isSource: false
      sourcesList:
        - host: <source_ip>
          port: 3306
          weight: 100

# apply CR
kubectl apply -f deploy/cr.yaml


Verify the Replication 

In order to check the replication, you need to connect to the PXC node and run the following commands:

kubectl exec -it cluster1-pxc-0 -c pxc -- mysql -uroot -proot_password -e "show replica status \G"
*************************** 1. row ***************************
               Slave_IO_State: Waiting for master to send event
                  Master_Host: <ip-of-source-db>
                  Master_User: replication
                  Master_Port: 3306
                Connect_Retry: 60
              Master_Log_File: binlog.000004
          Read_Master_Log_Pos: 529
               Relay_Log_File: cluster1-pxc-0-relay-bin-ps_to_pxc1.000002
                Relay_Log_Pos: 738
        Relay_Master_Log_File: binlog.000004
             Slave_IO_Running: Yes
            Slave_SQL_Running: Yes
              Replicate_Do_DB:
          Replicate_Ignore_DB:
           Replicate_Do_Table:
       Replicate_Ignore_Table:
      Replicate_Wild_Do_Table:
  Replicate_Wild_Ignore_Table:
                   Last_Errno: 0
                   Last_Error:
                 Skip_Counter: 0
          Exec_Master_Log_Pos: 529
              Relay_Log_Space: 969
              Until_Condition: None
               Until_Log_File:
                Until_Log_Pos: 0
           Master_SSL_Allowed: No
           Master_SSL_CA_File:
           Master_SSL_CA_Path:
              Master_SSL_Cert:
            Master_SSL_Cipher:
               Master_SSL_Key:
        Seconds_Behind_Master: 0
Master_SSL_Verify_Server_Cert: No
                Last_IO_Errno: 0
                Last_IO_Error:
               Last_SQL_Errno: 0
               Last_SQL_Error:
  Replicate_Ignore_Server_Ids:
             Master_Server_Id: 1
                  Master_UUID: 9741945e-148d-11ec-89e9-5ee1a3cf433f
             Master_Info_File: mysql.slave_master_info
                    SQL_Delay: 0
          SQL_Remaining_Delay: NULL
      Slave_SQL_Running_State: Slave has read all relay log; waiting for more updates
           Master_Retry_Count: 3
                  Master_Bind:
      Last_IO_Error_Timestamp:
     Last_SQL_Error_Timestamp:
               Master_SSL_Crl:
           Master_SSL_Crlpath:
           Retrieved_Gtid_Set: 9741945e-148d-11ec-89e9-5ee1a3cf433f:1-2
            Executed_Gtid_Set: 93f1e7bf-1495-11ec-80b2-06e6016a7c3d:1,
9647dc03-1495-11ec-a385-7e3b2511dacb:1-7,
9741945e-148d-11ec-89e9-5ee1a3cf433f:1-2
                Auto_Position: 1
         Replicate_Rewrite_DB:
                 Channel_Name: ps_to_pxc1
           Master_TLS_Version:
       Master_public_key_path:
        Get_master_public_key: 0
            Network_Namespace:

Also, you can verify the replication by checking that the data is changing.

Promote the PXC Cluster as a Primary

As soon as you are ready (your application was reconfigured and ready to work with the new DB) to stop the replication and promote the PXC cluster in k8s to be a primary DB, you need to perform the following simple actions:

1. Edit the

deploy/cr.yaml

  and comment the replicationChannels

spec:
  ...
  pxc:
    ...
    #replicationChannels:
    #- name: ps_to_pxc1
    #  isSource: false
    #  sourcesList:
    #    - host: <source_ip>
    #      port: 3306
    #      weight: 100

2. Stop mysqld service on the source server to be sure that no new data is written.

 systemctl stop mysqld

3. Apply a new CR for k8s operator.

# apply CR
kubectl apply -f deploy/cr.yaml

As a result, replication is stopped and the read-only mode is disabled for the PXC cluster.

Conclusion

Technologies are changing so fast that a migration procedure to k8s cluster, seeming very complex at first sight, turns out to be not so difficult and nor time-consuming. But you need to keep in mind that significant changes were made. Firstly, you migrate the database to the PXC cluster which has some peculiarities, and, of course, Kubernetes itself.  If you are ready, you can start the journey to Kubernetes right now.

The Percona team is ready to guide you during this journey. If you have any questions,  please raise the topic in the community forum.

The Percona Kubernetes Operators automate the creation, alteration, or deletion of members in your Percona Distribution for MySQL, MongoDB, or PostgreSQL environment.

Learn More About Percona Kubernetes Operators

Sep
17
2021
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Defy Partners leads $3M round into sales intelligence platform Aircover

Aircover raised $3 million in seed funding to continue developing its real-time sales intelligence platform.

Defy Partners led the round with participation from Firebolt Ventures, Flex Capital, Ridge Ventures and a group of angel investors.

The company, headquartered in the Bay Area, aims to give sales teams insights relevant to closing the sale as they are meeting with customers. Aircover’s conversational AI software integrates with Zoom and automates parts of the sales process to lead to more effective conversations.

“One of the goals of launching the Zoom SDK was to provide developers with the tools they need to create valuable and engaging experiences for our mutual customers and integrations ecosystem,” said Zoom’s CTO Brendan Ittelson via email. “Aircover’s focus on building sales intelligence directly into the meeting, to guide customer-facing teams through the entire sales cycle, is the type of innovation we had envisioned when we set out to create a broader platform.”

Aircover’s founding team of Andrew Levy, Alex Young and Andrew’s brother David Levy worked together at Apteligent, a company co-founded and led by Andrew Levy, that was sold to VMware in 2017.

Chatting about pain points on the sales process over the years, Levy said it felt like the solution was always training the sales team more. However, by the time everyone was trained, that information would largely be out-of-date.

Instead, they created Aircover to be a software tool on top of video conferencing that performs real-time transcription of the conversation and then analysis to put the right content in front of the sales person at the right time based on customer issues and questions. This means that another sales expert doesn’t need to be pulled in or an additional call scheduled to provide answers to questions.

“We are anticipating that knowledge and parsing it out at key moments to provide more leverage to subject matter experts,” Andrew Levy told TechCrunch. “It’s like a sales assistant coming in to handle any issue.”

He considers Aircover in a similar realm with other sales team solutions, like Chorus.ai, which was recently scooped up by ZoomInfo, and Gong, but sees his company carving out space in real-time meeting experiences. Other tools also record the meetings, but to be reviewed after the call is completed.

“That can’t change the outcome of the sale, which is what we are trying to do,” Levy added.

The new funding will be used for product development. Levy intends to double his small engineering team by the end of the month.

He calls what Aircover is doing a “large interesting problem we are solving that requires some difficult technology because it is real time,” which is why the company was eager to partner with Bob Rosin, partner at Defy Partners, who joins Aircover’s board of directors as part of the investment.

Rosin joined Defy in 2020 after working on the leadership teams of Stripe, LinkedIn and Skype. He said sales and customer teams need tools in the moment, and while some are useful in retrospect, people want them to be live, in front of the customer.

“In the early days, tools helped before and after, but in the moment when they need the most help, we are not seeing many doing it,” Rosin added. “Aircover has come up with the complete solution.”

 

Sep
17
2021
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Ketch raises another $20M as demand grows for its privacy data control platform

Six months after securing a $23 million Series A round, Ketch, a startup providing online privacy regulation and data compliance, brought in an additional $20 million in A1 funding, this time led by Acrew Capital.

Returning with Acrew for the second round are CRV, super{set} (the startup studio founded by Ketch’s co-founders CEO Tom Chavez and CTO Vivek Vaidya), Ridge Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank. The new investment gives Ketch a total of $43 million raised since the company came out of stealth earlier this year.

In 2020, Ketch introduced its data control platform for programmatic privacy, governance and security. The platform automates data control and consent management so that consumers’ privacy preferences are honored and implemented.

Enterprises are looking for a way to meet consumer needs and accommodate their rights and consents. At the same time, companies want data to fuel their growth and gain the trust of consumers, Chavez told TechCrunch.

There is also a matter of security, with much effort going into ransomware and malware, but Chavez feels a big opportunity is to bring security to the data wherever it lies. Once the infrastructure is in place for data control it needs to be at the level of individual cells and rows, he said.

“If someone wants to be deleted, there is a challenge in finding your specific row of data,” he added. “That is an exercise in data control.”

Ketch’s customer base grew by more than 300% since its March Series A announcement, and the new funding will go toward expanding its sales and go-to-market teams, Chavez said.

Ketch app. Image Credits: Ketch

This year, the company launched Ketch OTC, a free-to-use privacy tool that streamlines all aspects of privacy so that enterprise compliance programs build trust and reduce friction. Customer growth through OTC increased five times in six months. More recently, Qonsent, which developing a consent user experience, is using Ketch’s APIs and infrastructure, Chavez said.

When looking for strategic partners, Chavez and Vaidya wanted to have people around the table who have a deep context on what they were doing and could provide advice as they built out their products. They found that in Acrew founding partner Theresia Gouw, whom Chavez referred to as “the OG of privacy and security.”

Gouw has been investing in security and privacy for over 20 years and says Ketch is flipping the data privacy and security model on its head by putting it in the hands of developers. When she saw more people working from home and more data breaches, she saw an opportunity to increase and double down on Acrew’s initial investment.

She explained that Ketch is differentiating itself from competitors by taking data privacy and security and tying it to the data itself to empower software developers. With the OTC tool, similar to putting locks and cameras on a home, developers can download the API and attach rules to all of a user’s data.

“The magic of Ketch is that you can take the security and governance rules and embed them with the software and the piece of data,” Gouw added.

Sep
16
2021
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Mirantis launches cloud-native data center-as-a-service software

Mirantis has been around the block, starting way back as an OpenStack startup, but a few years ago the company began to embrace cloud-native development technologies like containers, microservices and Kubernetes. Today, it announced Mirantis Flow, a fully managed open source set of services designed to help companies manage a cloud-native data center environment, whether your infrastructure lives on-prem or in a public cloud.

“We’re about delivering to customers an open source-based cloud-to-cloud experience in the data center, on the edge, and interoperable with public clouds,” Adrian Ionel, CEO and co-founder at Mirantis explained.

He points out that the biggest companies in the world, the hyperscalers like Facebook, Netflix and Apple, have all figured out how to manage in a hybrid cloud-native world, but most companies lack the resources of these large organizations. Mirantis Flow is aimed at putting these same types of capabilities that the big companies have inside these more modest organizations.

While the large infrastructure cloud vendors like Amazon, Microsoft and Google have been designed to help with this very problem, Ionel says that these tend to be less open and more proprietary. That can lead to lock-in, which today’s large organizations are looking desperately to avoid.

“[The large infrastructure vendors] will lock you into their stack and their APIs. They’re not based on open source standards or technology, so you are locked in your single source, and most large enterprises today are pursuing a multi-cloud strategy. They want infrastructure flexibility,” he said. He added, “The idea here is to provide a completely open and flexible zero lock-in alternative to the [big infrastructure providers, but with the] same cloud experience and same pace of innovation.”

They do this by putting together a stack of open source solutions in a single service. “We provide virtualization on top as part of the same fabric. We also provide software-defined networking, software-defined storage and CI/CD technology with DevOps as a service on top of it, which enables companies to automate the entire software development pipeline,” he said.

As the company describes the service in a blog post published today, it includes “Mirantis Container Cloud, Mirantis OpenStack and Mirantis Kubernetes Engine, all workloads are available for migration to cloud native infrastructure, whether they are traditional virtual machine workloads or containerized workloads.”

For companies worried about migrating their VMware virtual machines to this solution, Ionel says they have been able to move these VMs to the Mirantis solution in early customers. “This is a very, very simple conversion of the virtual machine from VMware standard to an open standard, and there is no reason why any application and any workload should not run on this infrastructure — and we’ve seen it over and over again in many many customers. So we don’t see any bottlenecks whatsoever for people to move right away,” he said.

It’s important to note that this solution does not include hardware. It’s about bringing your own hardware infrastructure, either physical or as a service, or using a Mirantis partner like Equinix. The service is available now for $15,000 per month or $180,000 annually, which includes: 1,000 core/vCPU licenses for access to all products in the Mirantis software suite plus support for 20 virtual machine (VM) migrations or application onboarding and unlimited 24×7 support. The company does not charge any additional fees for control plane and management software licenses.

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