Percona Live ONLINE: Focus on Unprecedented Demand for Scale

Percona Live 2021

Percona Live 2021The full conference schedule for Percona Live ONLINE 2021, taking place on May 12-13, is now live! 

This year we see a strong focus on how organizations successfully managed the technology challenges of the past 12 months.

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A number of presentations demonstrate the key role databases played in achieving company success over the last year. If you are interested in ensuring your databases meet current and future business demands, we have highlighted some of the sessions you won’t want to miss!

A Tale of 25x Growth in Three Weeks” 

Discover what happened when Edmodo’s database queries per second (QPS) went from 200,000 to five million in just three weeks, as remote learning accelerated during the worldwide pandemic! Edmodo is an education company with 100 million teacher and student users around the world. 

How We Processed 12 Trillion Rows During Black Friday” 

TinyBird’s retail client performed real-time analytics on all its sales data during Black Friday. This presentation discusses how this was possible and what they found out.

Migration of a Hundred Database Clusters to the Cloud” 

The engineering manager of BlaBlaCar, the French online marketplace for carpooling, with 70 million users across 22 countries, reveals how they turned this massive project into a success story.

Scaling Venmo’s Payments” 

The leading mobile payment service details the critical scaling challenges which arose during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they resolved them.

The Real Costs and Benefits of Open Source Database Adoption” 

Percona enterprise architect Michal Nosek examines the ability of open source databases to handle mission-critical workloads and looks at the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Percona Live ONLINE 2021 also features speakers from Groupon, HubSpot, LinkedIn, PayPal, Shopify, and Uber.

Percona Live is the longest-running, largest, independent conference dedicated to the vast ecosystem of open source database technologies. MariaDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Percona, Elastic, Clickhouse, and others will all be represented during the two-day event.

Free, just like our software, Percona Live ONLINE 2021 will feature:

  • Over 100 expert speakers
  • More than 150 sessions
  • Dozens of projects, communities, and tech companies
  • 160+ hours of content.
  • Thousands of attendees from around the world

We hope you’ll join us! Register here to attend Percona Live ONLINE for free.

Look out for our keynote schedule, which will be announced next week.


What’s New at Percona Live ONLINE 2021?

Percona Live 2021

Percona Live 2021Percona Live ONLINE is a community-focused event for database developers, administrators, and decision-makers to share their knowledge and experiences.

We would love you to join us on May 12-13 for this year’s event.

Register and attend for FREE!

This year Percona Live is going to be our biggest and best event yet! 

Free, just like our software, Percona Live ONLINE 2021 will feature:

  • Over 100 expert speakers
  • More than 150 sessions
  • Dozens of projects, communities, and tech companies
  • 160+ hours of content.
  • Thousands of attendees from around the world

Percona Live is the longest-running, largest, independent conference dedicated to the vast ecosystem of open source database technologies. MariaDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Percona, Elastic, Clickhouse, and others will all be represented during the two-day event.

Speakers from Groupon, HubSpot, LinkedIn, PayPal, Shopify, and Uber have signed up to discuss their experiences using leading open source database technologies, including MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Percona software.

The conference provides a unique opportunity for both beginners and experts to hear from many of the largest organizations in the world, and learn from people who solve some of the biggest database challenges.

This year hot topics include:

  • Serverless deployments;
  • Bringing cloud-native to the database space – tips, tricks, and training around running databases on Kubernetes;
  • Learning how to automate database setups and testing in CI/CD pipelines;
  • Building scalable geographically distributed databases;
  • Advice on securing and locking down infrastructure data.

This year, Percona Live ONLINE has added Community Rooms, organized and hosted by community projects, technologies, or by theme, allowing attendees to meet and discuss topics and issues relevant to their mission.

The full agenda is now live here and registration is free at Percona Live ONLINE.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Introducing: Percona Live Community Rooms!

Percona Live Online Community Rooms

Percona Live Online Community RoomsSomething new and exciting this year for Percona Live ONLINE is the inclusion of “Community Rooms”.  Every year we struggle with fitting in as many sessions as we can into Percona Live.  As the largest open-source database conference, we want to be inclusive of as many different projects and database technologies as possible.  We recognize that people run many different databases and use lots of different tools to ensure their applications work as well as possible, so allowing people to learn and share their knowledge is critical.

This year we are adding recorded community rooms to Percona Live.  What are community rooms? On top of the hours of sessions we select for our main tracks at Percona Live, we will allocate 4 hours of sessions (either 30 or 60 minutes recorded sessions, so 4 or 8 total recordings) to selected community projects, technologies, or themes.  A community room organizer will be responsible for building out the agenda for their community room.

Who can sign up for a community room?  Project owners/maintainers, passionate community members, or just fans can submit for a community room.  We will be selecting community projects that submit an application to Percona Live Community Room Request and our only rules here are these are not to be sales pitches but rather must teach people how to do cool and interesting things. At Percona, we appreciate and encourage diversity and welcome you to offer an inclusive lineup of speakers.  We would also like to encourage track owners to help us to promote your track and the event. Other than that, we are pretty open to providing space!

Contact me for more details and we look forward to adding even more awesome to Percona Live ONLINE this year!!   The HOSS looks forward to seeing you there!


Percona Live ONLINE 2021 Call for Papers!

Percona Live ONLINE 2021 call for papers

Percona Live ONLINE 2021 call for papersPercona Live ONLINE will be held virtually from May 12-13, 2021 and we’re excited to announce the call for papers for the conference is now open!


  • The conference will be held online from May 12-13, 2021
  • Call for papers open now
  • The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2021
  • Seeking submissions for lightning talks, 30-minute talks, 60-minute talks, and panel discussion ideas
  • Submit here: cfp.percona.com

Percona Live will be Online again in 2021, but we are still offering the same great thought-leadership and discussions – and we’d love for you to be a part of it!

Who is Percona Live Online for?

  • Community Members passionate about open source databases and their related projects
  • Platform providers that make open source databases and related projects easier to use
  • Thought leaders who want to shape the future of open source databases and their related projects
  • Companies and engineers that build open source database products
  • People curious about open source databases and how they can transform the way they achieve their goals

The conference is technology agnostic: whether SQL, NoSQL, on-premise, cloud-based, or hybrid solutions, we want to hear about your knowledge, experience, and usage stories related to open source databases.

We welcome submissions on all levels from Intermediate right through to advanced for those hardcore database users!

We welcome talks in the following operational themes:

  • Application Development
  • Cloud Strategies
  • Cost Reduction
  • Data Retention
  • Disaster Recovery
  • High Availability
  • Licensing & Legal
  • Monitoring & Reporting
  • Performance At Scale
  • Security & Compliance
  • Cool New Technologies
  • Trends in Open Source

Feel free to submit other cool and interesting open source topics as well!

We have heard from the community that it is very interested in the following topics as well:

  • Examples and experiences of Kubernetes managing database deployments in production
  • How to’s on Terraform, Kubernetes, and Vitess for managing large scale database deployments
  • Talks on architecting schemas and database architecture for microservice deployments
  • Talks on optimizing AWS RDS, Azure Database, or Google SQL deployments
  • Talks on tuning, optimization, and troubleshooting are always a big hit
  • Several people have also asked for deep code-level technical details on the internals of PostgreSQL, MySQL, and MongoDB

We also are looking to help new speakers who may be worried about giving their first talk or are unsure if their topic is good enough.  Keep an eye out for more details or email The HOSS at matt@percona.com for more information.

Submitting your Talk

Head to cfp.percona.com and submit your abstract to present at Percona Live ONLINE. 

Submissions are due by February 28, 2021. All sessions for the conference will be pre-recorded and speakers will be featured for live Q&A after the session. Pre-recorded sessions will be required no later than April 11, 2021. More details will be shared with accepted speakers and submissions.

Help us spread the word and be part of the biggest Open Source Database Conference!

Call for Papers


Keynote Speakers for Percona Live ONLINE Have Been Announced!

PerconaLiveOnline2020 Keynotes

PerconaLiveOnline2020 KeynotesWe are excited to share the great lineup of speakers from the open source database community who will be spotlighting key technological, industry, and social topics throughout the event, including talks specific to MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB to close out our 28-hour Percona Live ONLINE event.

View the Full Agenda and Register Now!

Opening Keynotes

Tuesday, October 20 (Starting at 10:00 am ET)

Peter Zaitsev

Why Public Database as a Service is Prime for Open Source Disruption

Peter Zaitsev, Percona

Percona’s CEO and Co-Founder, Peter Zaitsev, will explore the trends around public DBaaS and give his opinion on how we need to disrupt the current trends to keep open source open and provide users with quality alternative DBaaS solutions.


bruce MomjianThe Democratization of Databases

Bruce Momjian, EnterpriseDB

Democratic governments have a long history of success, albeit with some setbacks. This talk explains how democratic principles underpin the success of the open source relational database, PostgreSQL.


Karen AmbroseThe Technological Response to a Global Pandemic — The Francis Crick Institute COVID19 Consortium Diagnostic Pipeline

Karen Ambrose, Crick Institute

Karen will share the work involved in setting the Francis Crick Institute up as a COVID19 testing facility, highlighting the technological journey to support the testing efforts and the considerations taken into account in relation to data governance, the importance of data auditing throughout the pipeline, and the progress to date.


Organizing For Your Ethical Principles

Emily Gorcenski, ThoughtWorks Germany


Liz Fong-Jones, Honeycomb.io

Engineers of all kinds must ensure their work serves the public good. A service that reliably harms, exacerbates injustices, or excludes marginalized groups is not a service worth building and maintaining. Learn how to effectively accomplish change in your working conditions or your employer’s products through grassroots employee advocacy.



Sugu Sougoumarane

The Cloud is Inevitable

Sugu Sougoumarane, PlanetScale

There is a reason why the cloud is gaining popularity. On one hand, the software is growing and getting more complex. In contrast, the computing power of a single machine has more or less maxed out. The only way to keep growing is by distributing our software across machines. It is only a matter of time before this requirement starts to affect the databases. For many, it already has.

Technology Keynotes

Wednesday, October 21 (Starting at 11:00 am ET)

Frédéric DescampThe State of The Dolphin

Frédéric Descamps, Oracle




Kimberly WilkinsThe State of MongoDB, It’s Open Source Community, and Where Percona Is Going with It

Kimberly Wilkins, Percona




Magnus HaganderPostgres 13

Magnus Hagander, Consultant




Don’t miss out — view the full abstracts and agenda, and register for free today! Or, join the Slack Channel to start networking with hundreds of your peers in advance and during the event.

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Announcing the Agenda for Percona Live ONLINE, 20-21 October 2020!

agenda percona live online

agenda percona live onlineToday, we’re excited to announce the agenda for Percona Live ONLINE taking place on 20-21 October 2020.

As the conference could not go ahead in person in Amsterdam as planned, we have once again moved to an online format that saw more than 6,500 people join us over 24 hours for our May conference.

We’ll be covering topics on Open Source Databases and Applications using MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and MariaDB, as well as topics on Cloud, Application Development, High Availability, and Kubernetes.

The conference will run for 28 hours this time and feature opening and closing keynotes, with that line up to be announced soon!

Let’s take a look at a sneak peek of some talks before you view the full agenda, which is now available here:

View Agenda

You can view our line up of speakers, as well as view the schedule in your local timezone and register for specific sessions that are of interest.

Of course Percona Live ONLINE is not complete without our hosts who are based across the globe! Before the conference kicks off, get to know our hosts!

Join the Chat Room ahead of time and network with hundreds of your peers in our dedicated Slack Channel:

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If you can’t wait until October to view these awesome sessions, why not take a look at our on-demand sessions which are available from Percona Live ONLINE in May.


Top 5 Takeaways from Percona Live Europe 2019

Percona Live Europe Wrap Up

Percona Live Europe Wrap UpIt’s a wrap! Another Percona Live Europe is in the books and we want to thank everyone for making it an amazing event.

A special shout-out to this year’s sponsors: AWS, PlanetScale, Altinity, Galera Cluster, MySQL, Shannon Systems, Tarantool, Booking.com, Free Software Foundation, MariaDB, Open Source Initiative, HPCwire, Datanami, and Enterprise AI.

We saw lots of first-time attendees, and it was great to welcome them into the open source community. Many sessions were standing-room-only and the keynotes were, as usual, the highlight of the week.

Here are our key takeaways from the week:

#1. Monitoring & Management Got Better

We debuted v2 of our award-winning database monitoring tool, Percona Monitoring and Management, a single-pane-of-glass to monitor the performance of MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, and PostgreSQL database environments.

This version offers new performance and usability query improvements, new query analytics for PostgreSQL, new labeling with Leverage Standard (system-generated) and Custom tags, as well as a new administrative API.

“With users’ expectations for application speed and availability at an all-time high, companies require quicker and deeper insight into their database performance bottlenecks, a higher-level perspective of multiple systems they monitor, and the ability to monitor larger and more complex systems. PMM2 delivers on all these requirements and more,” said Peter Zaitsev, co-founder, and CEO of Percona. ~ DBTA

It can be used on-premises and in the cloud, and is compatible with major cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, with specific dashboards for AWS RDS and Amazon Aurora.

#2. Trusted Distribution

Percona Distribution for PostgreSQL was formally announced at PLE, offering the best and most critical enterprise components from the open-source community, in a single distribution, designed and tested to work together. It is an easy, yet powerful way to implement an enterprise-grade, fully open source PostgreSQL environment. Backed by Percona’s world-class support and engineering teams, it gives companies the peace of mind that these components are tested and configured to work together, with 24×7 support.

“Postgres is truly the most open of all of the most popular open source databases. So the licensing is very open, it’s very easy to contribute, it has a massive following and a massive base of contributors,” said Matt Yonkovit. “There’s a lot of awesome extensions, a lot of awesome features, a lot of awesome open source tools that are out in the ecosystem. And so there’s a lot to draw from, but the problem is, a lot of them don’t necessarily work together.”

“It was obvious that a lot of these components are already there, you just need to package them in a way that is designed to work together and minimize the bugs and the friction between these components, these extensions.”  ~ The New Stack

#3. By the Numbers

We shared the results from our 2019 Open Source Data Management Software Survey with the Percona Live Europe crowd, and the data shows some interesting trends:

  • Multi-database, multi-cloud, and hybrid are not only the reality but commonplace, with over 92% of respondents say they use more than one database.
  • Environments are getting increasingly more complex, and the larger the organization, the more complex the hosting environment.
  • The top two benefits of open source are cost savings (79.4%) and avoiding vendor lock-in (62%), but the benefit of having a community also scored over 50%.

Here’s what the press had to say about the survey:

“Companies around the world prefer to have multiple databases in multiple locations over multiple platforms, according to a report unveiled at the Percona Live 2019 event in Amsterdam,” Mayank Sharma, TechRadar

According to Ian Murphy, Enterprise Times, the Percona Open Source Data Management Survey results showed, “When Oracle bought Sun and acquired MySQL, there was an openly voiced concern for the future of open source databases. That has long been put to bed and with the rise of cloud, there are more open source based options than pure commercial ones.”

On making the results of Percona’s Open Source Data Management Survey raw data available to anyone: “We want to provide the community with a way to get this data, and use it and to make all open source databases better,” says Matt Yonkovit Percona’s Chief Experience Officer ~ Tech Radar

#4. Simple or Complex?

Matt may be biased, but his keynote about how efforts in simplicity often lead to more complexity was an important talk for our community. Even with automation, DevOps processes, and the emergence of new technology, systems still crash, databases are still breached, and “smart people still do stupid things.”

So… what can we do about it?

“We’ve strived for a long time to try and reduce the complexity of our corporate systems, especially around the database space. And what has been happening is the exact opposite of a simplification, it’s been making it more complex, it’s been making it more fractured, if you will,” said Matt Yonkovit, Percona Chief Experience Officer. ~ The New Stack

#5. The Open Source Community Rocks!

One of the best takeaways from this year’s Percona Live was just how great our community is. As mentioned in our survey results, “the benefit of having a community” was noted as a top reason to adopt open source by over 50% of our respondents—and we can see why!

From networking in the hallways to dinners and community events, the sharing and support among the community are always astounding.

You are what makes the open source community so great, and we thank you for attending and participating in Percona Live Europe. Be sure to check out our Database Performance Blog, our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn), and be on the lookout for information about Percona Live 2020 in Austin, May 18-20.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Percona University Istanbul on October 4

Percona University Istanbul 2019

Percona University Istanbul 2019The latest Percona University event will be held in Istanbul on Friday, October 4. These are free events featuring technical presentations from Percona and guest speakers. Talks are good for anyone who uses database technologies as part of their tech stack. In other words, for pretty much anyone working databases, devops, and development.


Here’s a quick look at the talks, put together by local Perconian, Alkin Tezuysal:

  • HA MySQL on Kubernetes using Percona XtraDB Cluster and ProxySQL presented by Ananias Tsalouchidis, Senior MySQL DBA, Percona
  • Introduction to MySQL Query Tuning for Dev[Op]s presented by Sveta Smirnova, Principal Support Escalation Specialist, Percona
  • Ten Things Developers Should Know About Databases presented by Peter Zaitsev, CEO, Percona
  • 40X Database Response in a Nutshell presented by Sinan Alyuruk, Gittigidiyor / EbayTK
  • PMM Installation and Configuration for PostgreSQL and MongoDB presented by Michael Nosek and Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Solutions Engineering, Percona
  • Sharding MySQL with Vitess presented by Harun Küçük, Sahibinden.com

Find out more and register

You can see the full agenda with timings on the event page. This event is being hosted by iyzico and with the support of eBay. Thank you to both companies for helping us with Percona University Istanbul.

Places are limited, refreshments and snacks are included, so please register in advance.

Do it soon to avoid disappointment!

Percona Live Europe 2019…

Have you bought your tickets for Percona Live Europe yet? The conference takes place from September 30 – October 2 at the Hilton Schiphol. This venue is within easy reach of the airport making it feasible to just drop in for the day if that’s all the time you can spare. Take a look at the full agenda for Percona Live Europe 2019 and reserve your place soon!


Security Matters at Percona Live Europe 2019

Among the most widely debated topics in technology at the moment are security and data privacy. While the industry has long been aware of the threat of security breaches, recent examples have heightened concerns. Are you doing all you can to protect your data assets, and how do you know? Submissions to Percona Live events reflect the interests of the community of users of open source databases. Consequently, for Percona Live Europe 2019, security and compliance is a hot topic.

Data security sessions

Many conference sessions will address aspects of security and compliance as part of their story. Achieving high availability, the setting up of reliable database monitoring, and implementing sound backup and recovery plans are all important parts of the challenge. Tutorials will touch on those aspects of security that are relevant to their topic.

However, the sessions listed here focus on data security concerns. Full abstracts for these talks can be found on the agenda.

MongoDB Data Security: Custom Rules and Views presented by Adamo Tonete , Percona

MongoDB supports the creation of custom rules, allowing you to hide aspects of your data from users. Adamo will explain how to implement custom rules in MongoDB.

How to Protect PII Data in MySQL While Allowing Customers to Access the Database presented by Alexander Rubin, VirtualHealth

Dealing with health data is a sensitive issue. Alexander will take a look at data isolation, encryption, data masking, and data access.

Enhancing MySQL Security presented by Vinicius Grippa, Percona

In this session, the data life cycle will be considered from creation through to archiving and deletion. What are the technical implications of compliance with GDPR and HIPAA?

Protecting Your Secrets presented by John Boero, Hashicorp

A good look at protecting credentials and how to avoid “secret spread” presented by a security specialist.

PCI/DSS Compliance with MySQL: 2019 Edition presented by Carlos Tutté, Percona

A look at the protection of card data and meeting Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards when working with MySQL applications, including consideration of its limitations.

Securing MySQL with Vault and Table Level Encryption presented by Kevin Markwardt, Pythian

How to secure MySQL user accounts with Hashicorp Vault for MySQL user account rotation and expiration.

Data Protection and OSS in the Age of GDPR presented by Cristina DeLisle, DPO XWiki SAS

The impact of GDPR on OSS and how to apply the model of data controller and data processor in the contexts of various communities and infrastructure providers. What is meant by “privacy by default and by design” and how could we envision them applied in our OSS.

Fortify Your MySQL Data Security in AWS Using ProxySQL Firewall presented by Marco Tusa, Percona

A practical approach to enhancing the security of MySQL databases with ProxySQL Firewall.

Large Scale Deployment of SSL/TLS For MySQL presented by Daniël van Eeden, booking.com

Real life experiences of deploying SSL/TLS on thousands of servers at booking.com, the problems encountered, and how they have been resolved.

You can view the full agenda or download a pdf guide to the conference sessions.Percona Live Schedule 2019



Announcing Keynotes for Percona Live Europe 2019!

Percona Live Europe

With just under four weeks to go, we are happy to announce the keynote speakers for Percona Live Europe 2019.

With featured talks from Oracle, HashiCorp, Microsoft, and more, Percona Live provides an opportunity to network with peers and technology professionals. Mingle with all types of database community members: DBAs, developers, C-level executives, and the latest database technology trendsetters. Percona Live is the place to learn about how open source database technology can power your applications, improve your websites, and solve your critical database issues.

Without further ado, here’s the keynote line-up for 2019!

October 1, 2019

Peter ZaitsevPeter Zaitsev will kick off the event with his report on The State of Open Source Databases. Percona’s CEO will explore the current topics and trends impacting the database ecosystem, as well as the businesses that run open-source databases as part of their infrastructure. Will cloud-native surpass public cloud usage? How Is the changing licensing around open source going to impact you? What keeps most of your peers up at night? What will impact your business in 2020 and beyond?


Geir Hoydalsvik from Oracle will then share The State of the Dolphin. Where are we with MySQL 8.0 one year after GA? How was the journey and how the Community impacted the road map? Come to discover Oracle’s new release way, allowing them to be even closer to users looking for performance, stability, and innovation.


John BoeroWe will complete our first day keynotes with John Boero, HashiCorp and his session on Unlocking the Cloud Operating Model. To unlock the fastest path to the value of the cloud, enterprises must consider how to industrialize the application delivery process across each layer of the cloud: embracing the cloud operating model, and tuning people, processes, and tools to it. He’ll discuss what the Cloud Operating Model means for your enterprise.


Don’t miss out, buy your tickets here!

October 2, 2019

Craig Kerstiens Kick-off day two with Craig Kerstiens from Microsoft as he tells the journey of Postgres: From Respected by DBAs to Loved by Application Developers. Ten years ago, Postgres was a safe and stable database, although not at the same level of user-friendliness or rich feature set as other databases. But that all started to change as it learned from MySQL and Mongo. He’ll examine some of that journey and look at what the next five years may hold.


We will conclude our keynotes with a moderated panel discussing the Business Challenges Facing Modern Database Deployments. Business leaders from around the globe will talk trends, changes, and issues they face day-to-day. We will ask them for their advice on how to build scalable, secure, and world-class applications that meet user needs.

See the full schedule of tutorials, events, keynotes, and sessions. We look forward to seeing you there, so don’t miss out – buy your tickets here!

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