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Our recap of the Percona Live Conference in Austin

We were pleased to sponsor the Percona Live Conference in Austin this year: many thanks to the Percona Team for organising a smooth conference yet again!

This is the recap of our week in Texas!

At The Conference

This year’s conference was the first one not taking place in Santa Clara, CA, but rather in Austin, TX. This turned out to be a nice choice by Percona, as it meant that open source database users who may not have travelled to California in the past, were attracted to the new location; and Austin being the new hot spot for (tech) companies at the moment, a lot of “locals” seemed to have made the choice to attend the conference. It was great to meet many new faces as a result.

As Diamond Sponsors of the conference we were of course present with a booth in the exhibition hall, as well as with three talks.

And while the hotel looked slightly dystopian at night, it was in fact a nice and pleasant location to spend the week.

Our Announcements

We had a couple of announcements that coincided with the Percona Live conference week and it was great to be able to present and discuss these with the attendees ‘hot off the press’ on site.

New Tungsten Replicator (AMI)

First off, we announced the immediate availability of the new Tungsten Replicator (AMI).

Tungsten Replicator (AMI) is a replication engine that provides high-performance and improved replication functionality over the native MySQL replication solution and provides an ability to apply real-time MySQL data feed into a range of analytics and big data databases.

Users can now replicate directly from AWS Aurora, AWS RDS MySQL, MySQL, MariaDB & Percona Server into popular analytic repositories such as MySQL (all variations), PostgreSQL, AWS RedShift, Kafka and Vertica​ from as little as $0.50/hour.

Find out more in our announcement blog.

New Partnership for MySQL & MariaDB Availability Solutions with DatavailNew Partnership for MySQL & MariaDB Availability Solutions with Datavail
New Partnership for MySQL & MariaDB Availability Solutions with Datavail

We were also happy to announce a new partnership with Datavail to provide solutions for continuous & highly available MySQL, Percona Server & MariaDB database operations based on Tungsten Clustering & Datavail Database Services.

Datavail is a renowned, tech-enabled data management, applications, business intelligence, and software solutions provider with a team of 700+ DBAs that look after customers’ database environments.

Find out more on the partnership announcement.

Our (And One Of Our Customer’s) Talks

The Color of Open Source Money - Are some open source business models more acceptable than others?

By Eero Teerikorpi, Founder & CEO

The color of open source money is much discussed these days, and with this talk, Eero examines some of the aspects of it a little closer, and offers his perspective on the different shades of open source money and acceptable balance on commercial efforts to justify the investments needed for the sustainability of a given project.

Watch the recording of the talk below:

Moving Data in real-time into Amazon Redshift

By Matthew Lang, Director Professional Services

Amazon Redshift has been providing scalable, quick-to-access analytics platforms for many years, but the question remains: how do you get the data from your existing datastore into Redshift for processing?

Find out by reading the slides to the talk below:

Download Redshift Slides

Building geo clusters with AWS Aurora - can we make it better?

By Matthew Lang, Director Professional Services

In this talk, our colleague Matt explores how to build and deploy a geo-scale MySQL / MariaDB / Percona cloud back-end by covering these three key topics:

  • Overview of Amazon Aurora cross region
  • Common challenges when using Amazon Aurora
  • How can multi-region MySQL / MariaDB / Percona deployments be improved?

Find out more about these topics by going through the slides below:

Download Aurora Slides

Globalizing Player Accounts with MySQL at Riot Games

Tyler Turk, Senior Infrastructure Engineer

In this talk, Tyler briefly overviews the evolution of the Riot Games player accounts services from legacy isolated datacenter deployments to a globally replicated database cluster fronted by their account services and outlines some of the growing pains and experiences that got them to where they are today.

Access Riot Games Slides Here

What Also Happened At the Conference

For this year's Community Dinner, PlanetScale and Percona invited us to a unique view of Austin by taking attendees to the water. As one of the best ways to see the famous Austin bat colonies, they’d arranged a dusk-time river cruise on the Lone Star River Boat, which was a very enjoyable way to experience the city from a different perspective (though the bats mostly decided to stay put that evening).

And speaking of the famous Austin bats: we finished the conference by patiently waiting for the bats to appear from inside and under the bridge near the conference hotel, where they live. It took a couple of hours on the Thursday evening, but it was well worth the wait.

Thanks to everyone who attended, spoke at, organised and sponsored the conference: we’re looking forward to hopefully seeing you all again at the next one ;-)

About the Author

Jean-Jérôme Schmidt
VP of Marketing

Jean-Jérôme has been an avid open source (database) marketer for most of his career. Prior to joining Continuent, he was VP of Marketing at Severalnines, a leader in automation & management of open source databases, having come from MariaDB, where he headed up marketing as well. Previous roles include Director EMEA Marketing at Pentaho, Global Sales Ops Mgr at MySQL & Commercial Director at marketing agency Connection2. And all that from his home-base in Dublin.

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