MySQL community t-shirt contest for Percona Live 2015

MySQL community t-shirt contest for Percona Live 2105Have designs on Percona Live this April in Silicon Valley? Send them to us! The winning entry will appear on a cool limited edition t-shirt that we’ll award to a few dozen lucky recipients at our booth’s new Percona T-Shirt Bar. The winner will also get a t-shirt, of course, along with a pair “Beats by Dre” headphones!

That’s right: We’re calling on the creative types within the MySQL community to come up with designs for a unique t-shirt.

Let your imaginations run free! Just make sure to include “Percona Live 2015” in there somewhere. You might also want to include your signature, hanko, seal or mark… treat the cotton as the canvas of your masterpiece… let the world know who created it!

Send your t-shirt designs to me as a high-resolution PDF or in .EPS format. The deadline for entries is March 6. The winner will be chosen under the sole discretion of Percona’s marketing team, taking into consideration quality of design, values alignment, trademark clearance and general awesomeness. (Submitted designs assume unlimited royalty free rights usage by Percona. We also reserve the right to declare no winners if there are no suitable designs submitted. You do not need to register or attend the conference to submit a design.)

Click here to submit your design for the MySQL community t-shirt contest!

By the way, the image on this post is not a template. You have free rein so go get ‘em! And just to be clear: this won’t be the t-shirt that everyone receives at the registration booth. However, it just might be one of the most coveted t-shirts at the conference!

I’ll share the winning design the week of March 9. Good luck and I hope to see you all this April and the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo! The conference runs April 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara & the Santa Clara Convention Center.


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Percona Live London 2014 Wrap Up

Percona Live London 2014 SummaryThe 2014 edition of Percona Live London brought together attendees from 30 countries to hear insightful talks from leaders in the MySQL community. The conference kicked off on Monday with a full day of tutorials followed by the very popular Community Dinner featuring a double decker bus shuttle from the conference to the event.

Tuesday started with keynote talks by representatives from MySQL, VMware, HGST, Codership, and Percona. I particularly enjoyed the talks by Tomas Ulin of MySQL (which highlighted the upcoming MySQL 5.7 release) and Robert Hodges of VMware (which focused on the evolution of MySQL). The remainder of the day was filled by six time slots of breakout sessions (30 sessions in all) broken into 10 tracks. The day wrapped up with the always popular Community Networking Reception. Attesting to the quality of the conference, 4 out of 5 respondents to our post conference survey indicate they are likely to attend the conference again in 2015.

The session slides are available by visiting the Percona Live London 2014 conference website (look for the “Session Slides” button in the right hand column). Slides are added as they come in from the speakers so please check back if the slides are not yet available for a specific talk that interests you.

Special thanks goes out to the Percona Live London 2014 Conference Committee which put together such a great program:

  • Cedric Peintre of Dailymotion
  • David Busby of Percona
  • Colin Charles of MariaDB
  • Luis Motta Campos of the ebay Classified Group
  • Nicolai Plum of Booking.com
  • Morgan Tocker of Oracle
  • Art van Scheppingen of Spil Games

Percona Live London 2014 Attendee Survey

Percona Live London 2014 Attendee SurveyThis year we collaborated with ComputerworldUK to run a short survey at the conference which should appear in that publication in the near future. We had 64 responses, all of them being form MySQL professionals who attended the conference. The results were interesting:

Do you agree with the statement that “Oracle has been a good steward of MySQL over the past twelve months”?
YES = 81%
NO = 19%

Are you currently running a production OpenStack environment in your organization?
YES = 17%
NO = 83%

Have you evaluated OpenStack within the past twelve months?
YES = 25%
NO = 75%

Do you plan to evaluate OpenStack in the next twelve months?
YES = 48%
NO = 52%

Are you currently using an AWS product to run MySQL in the Cloud?
YES = 28%
NO = 72%

Are you more likely to switch to a non-MySQL open source database now than you were twelve months ago?
YES = 35%
NO = 65%

The sentiment about Oracle’s stewardship of MySQL compares favorably with the comments by our own Peter Zaitsev in a recent ZDNet article titled “MySQL: Why the open source database is better off under Oracle“.

Percona Live MySQL Conference and OpenStack Live Conference

Percona Live London 2014The ratings related to OpenStack mirror our experience with the strong growth in interest in that technology. In response, we are launching the inaugural OpenStack Live 2015 conference in Silicon Valley which will focus on making attendees more successful with OpenStack with a particular emphasis on the role of MySQL and Trove. The event will be April 13-14, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The call for proposals closes on November 16, 2014.

Our next Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo is April 13-16, 2015 in Silicon Valley. Join us for the largest MySQL conference in the world – last year’s event had over 1,100 registered attendees from 40 countries who enjoyed a full four days of tutorials, keynotes, breakout sessions, networking events, BOFs, and more. The call for speaking proposals closes November 16, 2014 and Early Bird registration rates are still available so check out the conference website now for full details.

Thanks to everyone who helped make Percona Live London 2014 a great success. I look forward to the Percona Live MySQL Conference and the OpenStack Live Conference next April in Silicon Valley!

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10 years of MySQL User Conferences

In preparing for this month’s Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo, I’ve been reminiscing about the annual MySQL User Conference’s history – the 9 times it previously took place in its various reincarnations – and there are a lot of good things, fun things to remember.

2003 MySQL Users Conference and Expo2003 was the year that marked the first MySQL user conference independently organized by MySQL AB. It was called the “MySQL Users Conference” and took place at the Double Tree hotel near the San Jose airport with an estimated 500-600 people attending. Monty and David kicked-off the show with keynotes and I recall one of them saying something like, “12 full-time engineers are working on MySQL server.” The MySQL Certification program was announced. MySQL 4.0.12 was just released as its first GA release in the MySQL 4.0 series, and for the first and only time in a MySQL version you could buy MySQL in a box with a CD inside, the same way you’d have bought any other software at the time. MySQL 4.1.0 was also available as an early alpha.

2004 MySQL User Conference2004 was the second year the event was independently organized by MySQL AB. It took place in Orlando, Florida at the Peabody hotel. It was a fun place to visit though it attracted a smaller crowd and this is why I think the conference never left California again afterward. Partnership with SAP was hot at this event and MaxDB database looked like it had a solid future. MySQL Cluster and MySQL Press were announced during this event; “High Performance MySQL” 1st edition written by Jeremy and Derek was also available. MySQL 4.0.18 was GA and 4.1.1 as alpha – perhaps the smallest-ever change in MySQL versions for the year.

2005 MySQL Conference and Expo2005 was the first year O’Reilly partnered with MySQL to put on an amazing conference with O’Reilly’s style of mixing fun with business. The conference name changes to “MySQL Conference and Expo” that year and moves to its current location at the convention center in Santa Clara, California. MySQL celebrated its 10th birthday at the conference. Some 1,300 reported to have attended. This is perhaps the time of the brightest hopes for MySQL to date at the time, and everyone had a “lets change the world” mentality. MySQL 4.1.11 was available as GA at the time on the conference and a lot of hopes were pinned on MySQL 5.0, which was supposed to target the enterprise customer, and which was available as non-GA 5.0.4 version at the time of event.

2006 MySQL User Conference2006 was the last year that I was attending the conference as a MySQL employee. I would attend all others, too, but now as part of Percona. It was the conference following the first shock to the MySQL Ecosystem – Oracle acquired Innodb in October of 2005. It was not very clear what that would mean for the MySQL ecosystem. A lot of focus was placed on the storage engine API diminishing importance of the Innodb storage engine. The Falcon storage engine was announced as a potential Innodb successor. A “MySQL Network” commercial subscription product was announced in what later evolved into “MySQL Enterprise,” and MySQL 5.0 is finally available as GA with version 5.0.20a… MySQL 5.1 is in development (5.1.9)

2007 MySQL User Conference2007 is the year when the “State of the Dolphin” previously delivered by Monty and David is gone, signaling some early tensions… the State of MySQL AB is delivered by Marten Mickos. It is truly a year of storage engines, focused on showing what is on top is what really matters. Falcon, SolidDB, NitroSecurity, PBXT, StorageEngine for S3 and IBM DB2 integration were all present at this show. Marten reports revenues of almost $50 million in 2006, preparing for an IPO, and MySQL 6.0 was to ship the next year. MySQL releases are split between the MySQL Community, and MySQL Enterprise is released with different versions on different schedules. MySQL 5.0.37 GA and 5.1.17 nonGA were the latest version at the conference.

2008 MySQL User Conference2008 Here comes the second shock to the MySQL ecosystem: No IPO. MySQL is now owned by Sun Microsystems. Monty goes public with his critique of MySQL Management. Monty is working on the Maria storage engine to replace Innodb for a number of use cases. The first “open core” plans are announced for MySQL Server – the online backup in MySQL 6.0, it’s to ship in commercial version only. An Innodb Plugin is announced and will be separate from MySQL Server, providing a more scalable Innodb version with more features. Gearman and MemcacheD storage engine plugins are available for MySQL. Facebook mentions they have over 1,800 MySQL Servers. MySQL Enterprise provides Monthly Rapid Updates [MRU] while Community MySQL versions updated every quarter or so. MySQL 5.0.51a is GA and 5.1.24 is nonGA

2009 MySQL User Conference2009 The first and the only conference organized by Sun and O’Reilly from the ground up. The third shock comes to the MySQL ecosystem when Oracle announces the purchase of Sun during the conference. Both Monty and Marten are no longer with the company (having left in February), and the State of the Dolphin talk is back but now delivered by Karen Padir, the new manager responsible for MySQL business at Sun. A lot of Sun hardware and Solaris focused talks this year. It is the first year that the Drizzle project participates in the conference. Percona runs Percona Performance Conference as a free event going concurrently with the conference and announced Percona XtraDB as improved and extended Innodb Plugin version, MySQL 5.1 is FA with 5.1.34 and MySQL 5.4.0 is in a nonGA version. The MySQL Enterprise model is changed… now MySQL Community versions are released monthly and Enterprise versions come in form of Quarterly Service Packs [QSP]

2010 MySQL User Conference2010 The deal between Oracle and Sun is now closed after overcoming a number of bottlenecks, including strong opposition by Monty. There is a lot of FUD and Drama over the conference, with the conference’s future itself now uncertain. The State of the Dolphin is now delivered by Edward Screven, the new boss of the MySQL business, now at Oracle. Monty changes his focus from Maria (storage engine) to MariaDB (complete MySQL replacement). There is a lot of “MySQL Community” focused keynotes. Good coverage of MySQL Alternatives including keynotes for Drizzle and MariaDB. MySQL 5.5 replaced MySQL 5.4 as next planned GA release. Percona releases GA version of Percona Xtrabackup – open source alternative to Innodb Hot backup. MySQL 5.1.46 is GA and MySQL 5.5.4 is not GA at the time of the conference.

2011 MySQL Conference2011 The conference is now independently organized by O’Reilly with Oracle providing a keynote and a few sessions. The conference is extended to include a lot of other databases and technologies in NoSQL and BigData space – PostgreSQL, EnterpriseDB, Hadoop,Hbase, MongoDB, CouchBase providing compliments and alternatives to MySQL. The MySQL Community awards are presented by Monty and David in the conference keynote. Percona XtraDB becomes Percona Server and is now a full-scale MySQL alternative and not just replacement for the Innodb Plugin. MySQL 5.5 is now GA with no more funky version differences for MySQL Enterprise, just certain features available only in Enterprise edition as plugins. Early preview of plans for MySQL 5.6 more in the form of a code drop than promises what the final version will contain. MySQL 5.5.11 is GA and MySQL 5.6.2 is nonGA.

Percona MySQL Conference and Expo 20122012 marks the first year the annual conference is organized by Percona, with technical content selected by an independent committee. The conference is refocused back on MySQL and the needs of the MySQL community covering other technologies, as it is relevant to MySQL users. MySQL, MariaDB, Percona Server, Drizzle are all well represented at the conference. No talks from Oracle. Marten Mickos is back with a keynote, “Making LAMP a Cloud.” He’s now CEO of Eucalyptus. Percona announces Percona XtraDB Cluster as GA – the new approach to MySQL High Availability in and out of the Cloud. MySQL 5.5.23 is GA and 5.6.5 is nonGA at the time of the conference.

The event’s 10th anniversary begins in less than two weeks. We’re yet to make history about what will be remembered the most about it. It’s great so see momentum going stronger and strong, and I’m very happy to see the very broad participation by the MySQL ecosystem – with Oracle coming back to the conference, providing a keynote from Tomas Ulin, vice president of Oracle’s MySQL engineering team, along with some technical talks directly from the Oracle MySQL engineers who brought us MySQL 5.6. MariaDB and Percona products are also very well covered at this year’s Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo.

Forgot to register ? You can do it now with “Peter15″ discount code and get 15% off.

P.S I also would very much like to know what memorable moments do you have from you attending MySQL Conference over last 10 years. Please leave comment and share your experiences! Thank you.

Additionally, I’d like to offer readers the chance to win a free pass to this year’s Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, Calif., April 22-25. Share a memory you have from past MySQL user conferences on Twitter – directing it to @Percona and with hashtag #mysqlmemories. We’ll pick a winner at random next Tuesday.Good luck!

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What I’m looking forward to at Percona Live (MySQL Users Conference)

This is my 10th year attending and speaking at the MySQL Users Conference (as the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo was originally called back in 2003), and for me it does not get tiring. So what is there in this conference for me as an attendee, speaker and businessman?

Learning. First and foremost the conference is still a great learning venue for me. I learn about new technologies in the MySQL space as well as how these technologies can be applied in practice. I learn what works and what does not. I learn from the sessions, expo hall exhibitors and hallway conversations. I’m glad that over so many years the conference is still pretty “hardcore,” attracting many real MySQL practitioners as speakers as well as attendees who all share their deep technical insights, holding back no secrets.

Reconnect with Old Friends. Over the years I’ve made many friends who I only see face-to-face once a year at the annual MySQL Users Conference. This is a great opportunity for me to reconnect and catch up.

2003 MySQL Users Conference

Registration signs from the 2003 MySQL Users Conference and Expo in San Jose, Calif. It ran from April 10-11 that year.

Meet New Friends. Each year I go to the show I make some new friends or have a chance to meet, in person, people who I previously only connected with online. I enjoy meeting people and if you’re at the conference this year please come over to say “hi.”

Meet New Companies. Many companies and products in the MySQL space have been launched at this show. It is important for me to stay attuned to the new companies, products and other developments in the MySQL ecosystem – both to drive Percona’s direction as well as to give the best possible advice to my customers as a consultant.

Speak. I speak at many shows and this is one of the best for me to present MySQL talks – I typically find the audience very engaged and interested in the topic at hand, as well as able to grasp some of the subtle nuances I’m communicating. Each time I throw some trick question into the audience I get someone who is aware of the problem and is able to answer it… as opposed to many of the other shows I speak at where all I get is an awkward silence which tells me I might be going too deep. This year in addition to my Keynote and Panel sessions I will give an Innodb and Performance Optimization Tutorial as well as talk about Goal-Driven Performance Optimization and Choosing storage systems for MySQL

Do Business. This conference was also been a very successful business adventure for us, both back when we were merely attending the conference as an exhibitor and now as its organizer. If you’re shopping for MySQL technology and services, then you’ll see the largest selection of MySQL Ecosystem vendors at the show. If you’re doing business associated with MySQL, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a great many potential partners and customers, most of them senior enough to make or influence a decision within their organizations.

Well… We’re going to have a great show this year at the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo. I hope you’re attending. If not it is not yet too late to register. You can use my discount code “Peter15″ for 15% off.

See you there !

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My Sessions at Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2013

As is typical at the beginning of every April, many of us who submitted talks to the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo are wondering why we submitted so many.  I had 3 official talks selected, including one that is a 6-hour tutorial, as well as a BoF.  Here’s the highlights:

Percona XtraDB Cluster / Galera in Practice (6 hour tutorial):

I’ve been working on this tutorial since last summer.  The first incarnation was at Percona Live NY last year, but I’ve altered it quite a bit and expanded to fit (hopefully) a 6 hour format.  Expect a lot of down and dirty hands-on work with setting up, managing and monitoring PXC.  MariaDB Galera Cluster users should fit right in:




Migrating to Percona XtraDB Cluster for MySQL

This is a 1-hour talk that covers the ins and outs of what it takes (and means) to migrate to PXC.  Expect high level over view of PXC architectures with use cases (and anti-use cases), as well as a practical look at what configuring a PXC setup looks like.  Again, Galera / MariaDB Galera Cluster users should fit right in here.



The Hazards of Multi-writing in a Dual-Master setup

This talks covers the basics of why multi-writing multi-master architectures without a replication technology that somehow prevents or handles replication conflicts is a usually bad idea.  If you’ve considered an architecture that uses standard MySQL async replication with any kind of circular replication and multi-node simultaneous writing, you should check this out:



BOF: Galera / Percona XtraDB Cluster for MySQL

I also submitted a Birds of Feather talk for Galera and PXC.  I know Percona PXC experts like myself and the Codership folks should be in attendance.  I can’t speak for any representatives from the MariaDB Galera Cluster team, but they are certainly most welcome.  I’d really like to focus this BoF on real-life experiences and “hard” questions about Galera that we can ask of Codership instead of yet another “Galera 101″ session if we can help it.



Hope to see you at the conference!  With all of the Galera talks at the conference, this is really the premier Galera conference of the year!

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Diamond Keynote Panel, BOFs, Lightning Talks, and McAfee and AOL Sponsorships

I’m excited by all of the recent developments surrounding the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo! Our own Baron Schwartz will moderate the Diamond Keynote Panel entitled “Future Perfect: The Road Ahead for MySQL” which will feature a panel of MySQL industry leaders, including: Sundar Raghavan, director product management at Amazon; Paul Mikesell, CEO of Clustrix; a representative from HP; and, a representative from McAfee. The Diamond Sponsor Keynote Panel will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 12th and provide insight into the future of MySQL technology, adoption, and the ecosystem landscape. I am also very pleased to introduce two new sponsors including McAfee which recently joined as a Diamond Sponsor and AOL which recently agreed to participate as a lunch sponsor.

We also recently announced the Birds of a Feather Sessions which will take place on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. BOFs enable attendees with the same project or topic interests to enjoy some quality face time. Topics include “Query Optimization”, “MySQL and Ruby on Rails”, “MySQL in the Cloud”, and much more.

We also published the list of Lightning Talks, a series of five-minute speaking opportunities during which attendees will propose, explain, exhort, and rant on a variety of MySQL-related topics. The one-hour Lightning Talks session will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night during the Community Networking Reception. Topics include “The Five Minute Tour of Drizzle”, “How to Design a Scalable System”, and “How to Become a Rockstar DBA”.

The Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo promises to be a great event! If you already registered, I look forward to seeing you in Santa Clara next week. If you haven’t registered but plan to attend, register now using discount code PerLiveSC and receive 10% off your registration fees. If you just cannot make it this year, keep your eyes open for recordings of the keynote sessions which we plan to post online following those events.

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