Jan
08
2015
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Managing data using open source technologies? Learn what’s hot in 2015!

Whether you’re looking at the overall MySQL ecosystem or the all-data management landscape, the choice of technologies has never been larger than it is in 2015.

Having so many options is great but it also can be very hard to make a selection. I’m going to help narrow the list next week during a Webinar titled, “Open Source Technologies you should evaluate in 2015,” January 14 at 10 a.m. PST.

During the hour I’ll share which technologies I think worthy of consideration in 2015 – open source and proprietary technologies that allow you to manage your data easier, increase development pace, scale better and improve availability and security. I’ll also discuss recent developments in MySQL, NoSQL and NewSQL, Cloud and general advances in hardware.

Open source technologies you should evaluate in 2015Specifically, some of the areas I’ll address will include:

  • Cloud-based Database as a Service (DBaaS) such as Amazon RDS for MySQL, Amazon RDS for Aurora, Google Cloud, and OpenStack Trove
  • MySQL 5.7
  • Hybrid database environments with MySQL plus MongoDB or other NoSQL solutions
  • Advanced Monitoring capabilities such as Percona Cloud Tools
  • Other performance enhancements such as solid state devices (SSD) and the TokuDB storage engine

I hope to see you next week! (Register now to reserve your spot!)

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Dec
16
2014
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OpenStack Live tutorials & sessions to bring OpenStack users up to speed

I attended the OpenStack Paris summit last month (Percona had a booth there). It was my first opportunity to meet face-to-face with this thriving community of developers and users. I’m proud that Percona is part of this open source family and look forward to reconnecting with many of the developers and users I met in Paris – as well as meeting new faces – at OpenStack Live in Silicon Valley April 13-14.

OpenStack Live 2015: Sneak peak of the April conferenceOpenStack summits, generally held twice a year, are the place where (for the most part) developers meet and design “in the open,” as the OpenStack organization says. OpenStack Live 2015, held in parallel with the annual Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo, will be a unique opportunity for users and enthusiasts to learn from leading OpenStack experts in the field about top cloud strategies, improving overall cloud performance, and operational best practices for managing and optimizing OpenStack and its MySQL database core.

OpenStack Live will also provide some serious classroom-style learning. Percona announced the OpenStack Live tutorials sessions a couple days ago. Most sessions are three hours long and because they really are “hands-on” require that you bring your laptop – and a power cord (not to be confused with a “power chord,” though those also welcome”).

Let’s take a closer look at the OpenStack Live tutorial sessions.


Barbican: Securing Your Secrets.” Join Rackspace gurus Douglas Mendizábal, Chelsea Winfree and Steve Heyman on a tour through the magical world of Barbican (yes, they are dedicated members of the Barbican project).

Don’t be intimidated if don’t have any previous experience with Barbican (and if you’ve never heard of it, more the reason to attend!). A basic understanding of security components (such as keys and certificates) and a basic understanding of ReST is helpful, but not required.

By the end of the class you will know:
1)   Importance of secret storage
2)   How to store & retrieve secrets with Barbican
3)   How to submit an order with Barbican
4)   How to create a container
5)   Use cases for Barbican / Examples
6)   The future of Barbican –Ordering SSL Certs


Deploying, Configuring and Operating OpenStack Trove.” As the title suggests, these three hours focus squarely on Trove. The tutorial – led by Tesora founder & CTO Amrith Kumar, along with Doug Shelley, the company’s vice president of product development – will begin with a quick overview of OpenStack and the various services.

If you attend this tutorial you’ll actually deploy your own OpenStack environment – and create and manage a Nova (compute) instance using a command line and a graphical user interface (Horizon). And the fun continues! You’ll then install and configure Trove, and create and manage a single MySQL instance. Finally, pupils will create and operate a simple replicated MySQL instance pair and ensure that data is being properly replicated from master to slave.


Essential DevStack.” DevStack is an opinionated script to quickly create an OpenStack development environment. It can also be used to demonstrate starting/running OpenStack services and provide examples of using them from a command line. The power of DevStack lies within small trick that if people understand can hugely improve the contribution effectiveness, quality and required time. This three-hour tutorial will be led by Red Hat senior software engineer Swapnil Kulkarni.


OpenStack Networking Introduction,” with PLUMgrid’s Valentina Alaria and Brendan Howes. Buckle your seat belts! Designed for IT professionals looking to expand their OpenStack “networking” (no, not the LinkedIn sort of networking) knowledge, OpenStack Networking Fundamentals will be a comprehensive and fast-paced course.

This half-day training provides an overview of OpenStack, its components and then dives deep into OpenStack Networking – the features and plugin model and its role in building an OpenStack Cloud. The training is concluded with a hands-on lab to bring all the concepts together.

OpenStack Networking (Neutron) Introduction [1 hour]
– Goal of Neutron
– Architecture of Neutron
– Plugin Architecture
– Use cases for Neutron
– What’s new in Juno & what’s planned for Kilo

OpenStack Networking (Neutron) Advanced [1 hour]
– Interaction with other OpenStack components (Compute & Storage)
– Designing Neutron for HA
– Installing Neutron
– Troubleshooting Neutron

Hands-on Lab [1 hour]
– Creation of tenant networks
– Configuration of external connectivity
– Advanced Features Configurati


Percona’s director of conferences, Kortney Runyan, offered a sneak peek at the OpenStack sessions last week. Attendees of the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2015 (April 13-16, 2015) with full-pass access are also welcome to attend OpenStack Live sessions. The two conferences are running in parallel, which is very exciting since there will be crossover opportunities between them.

I hope to see you next April! And be sure to take advantage of Early Bird pricing for OpenStack Live (register here).
And if you are an organizer of an OpenStack (or MySQL) Meetup and need some financial help, Percona is happy to chip in as a sponsor. Just let me know and I’ll work with you to set that up! You can drop me a note in the comments and I’ll contact you offline.

OpenStack Live tutorials & sessions to bring users up to speed

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Oct
14
2014
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Rackspace doubling-down on open-source databases, Percona Server

Rackspace doubling-down on OpenStack TroveFounded in 1998, Rackspace has evolved over the years to address the way customers are using data – and more specifically, databases. The San Antonio-based company is fueling the adoption of cloud computing among organizations large and small.

Today Rackspace is doubling down on open source database technologies. Why? Because that’s where the industry is heading, according to Sean Anderson, Manager of Data Services at Rackspace. The company, he said, created a separate business unit of 100+ employees focused solely on database workloads.

The key technologies under the hood include both relational databases (e.g., MySQL, Percona Server, and MariaDB) and NoSQL databases (e.g., MongoDB, Redis, and Apache Hadoop).

Last July Rackspace added support for Percona Server and MariaDB to their Cloud Databases DBaaS (Database-as-a-Service) product, primarily at the request of application developers who had been requesting more open source database support options.

Matt Griffin, Percona director of product management, and I recently sat down with Sean and his colleague Neha Verma, product manager of Cloud Databases. Our discussion focused on the shift to DBaaS as well as what to expect in the future from Rackspace in terms of Cloud Databases, OpenStack Trove and more.

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Matt: Why did you expand the Cloud Databases product this past summer?
Sean:  We launched cloud databases about a year and a half ago. Since then we’ve rolled feature after feature (backups, monitoring, configuration management, etc…) focused on simplifying our customers life, this backed by Fanatical support has made the product easier to use and more production ready than ever. We understand that features aren’t enough so in addition to all the features we have also made significant improvements to the hardware and network infrastructure. All this means that we’ve been very busy not just expanding the offering but also making the offering simpler to use, more complete and more scalable.

Our vision is to offer a robust platform that with the most popular Big Data, SQL, and NoSQL databases on dedicated, bare metal, and public cloud infrastructure.

Matt: What type of customer is your Cloud Databases offering aimed at?
Sean: Currently we have a variety of customers running multiple Cloud Database instances ranging from customers running a two-month marketing campaign to customers running web applications, ecommerce applications with highly transactional database workloads. Our customers prefer the simplicity and reliability of the service which allows them to focus on their business and not worry about the heavy lifting associated with scaling and managing databases.

Matt: How is your Cloud Databases offering backed-up?
Neha: We use Percona XtraBackup  to perform a hot copy of all databases on a instance and then stream the backups to Cloud Files for storage. A customer can anytime restore the backup to a new instance. Percona XtraBackup is the only option we offer customers right now.

Tom: In terms of security, how do you address customer concerns? Are cloud-based open source databases more secure?
Sean: Data security concerns are at an all-time high and we have a number of up and coming features that continue to address those concerns.   Today we offer a number of unique features specifically Cloud Databases can only be accessed on the private network so the database can only be accessed by systems on your private network. Additionally, we support SSL for communication between user application and database instance so that any data transfer is encrypted in transit.  These features along with the built in user controls and authentication mechanisms help significantly address customers security concerns.  Ultimately Cloud-based open source databases or no more or less secure than any other database, security is about more than features it is about the process and people that build and manage your database and we have those more than covered.

Matt: Is this for production applications or pre-production?
Sean: It’s very much production capable. While there’s a perception that this type of offering would only fit for use cases around test or dev, the truth is we are running hundreds of very large, fully managed instances of MySQL on the cloud. We don’t make any delineation between production or pre-production. However, we’re definitely seeing more and more production workloads come onto the service as people are getting educated on the development work that we’ve done around adding these new features. Replication and monitoring are the two most popular right now.

Matt: How are people accessing and using it?
Sean: A majority of our users either access the database via the Control Panel, API or a command-line utility.

Matt: Since the launch, how has the reaction been?
Sean: The reaction from the press standpoint has been very positive. When we talk with industry analysts they see our commitment to open source and where we are going with this.

OpenStack_PerconaTom: How committed is Rackspace to OpenStack?
Sean: We all live in OpenStack. We have tons of Rackers heading to the upcoming OpenStack Paris Summit in November. We’re looking forward to many years of contributing to the OpenStack community.

Tom: Last April, Rackspace hosted several sessions on OpenStack and Trove at the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2014 in Santa Clara, Calif. What are you looking forward to most at Percona Live 2015?
Sean: For us, Percona Live is about listening to the MySQL community. It’s our best opportunity each year to actually setup shop and get to learn what’s top of mind for them. We then can take that information and develop more towards that direction.

Tom: And as you know we’re also launching “OpenStack Live” to run parallel to the Percona Live MySQL conference. OpenStack Live 2015 runs April 13-14 and will emphasize the essential elements of making OpenStack work better with emphasis on the critical role of MySQL and the value of Trove. I look forward to hearing the latest news from Rackspace at both events.

Thanks Sean and Neha for speaking with us and I look forward to seeing you this coming April in Santa Clara at Percona Live and OpenStack Live!

On a related note, I’ll also be attending Percona Live London (Nov. 3-4) where we’ll have sessions on OpenStack Trove and everything MySQL. If you plan on attending, please join me at the 2014 MySQL Community Dinner (pay-your-own-way) on Nov. 3. (Register here to reserve your spot at the Community Dinner because space will be limited. You do not need to attend Percona Live London to join the dinner).

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