What to expect from Percona Live 2019

The Computer Weekly Developer Network team is off to Percona Live 2019… or, to give it its full title… Percona Live Open Source Database Conference Europe 2019.

Staged in the salubrious surrounds of the Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the company is rolling up a weighty programme of sessions designed to attract not just database professionals (DBAs, sysadmins and so on), but also the newer emerging roles in this space such as data-developer, data analyst and data architect.

Over and above the techies, Percona says it wants to welcome C-suite execs who need to get a deeper understanding of the data layer in their IT stack.

Percona itself is a provider of enterprise-class support, consulting, managed services, training and software for MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, PostgreSQL and other open source databases in on-premises and cloud environments.

The company has stated that this is the one conference for the ‘entire’ open source database community, especially for MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB and MariaDB.

With such a grand claim to respond to and deliver on… the theme of the 2019 conference is “Any Open Source Database, Any Platform, Any Time.”

The event will be organised around these six tracks:

  1. Performance & Scalability
  2. Public, Private, & Hybrid Clouds & Everything In Between
  3. Building Large, Scalable, & Secure DB Deployments
  4. Hot Topics, New Features, & Trends You Should Know About
  5. Monitor, Manage, & Maintain Databases At Scale
  6. How to Reduce Costs & Complexity with Open Source DBs

Keynote addresses are being delivered by presenters from  Microsoft, Oracle, HashiCorp and, obviously, from Percona.

Database teams from AWS, Booking.com, Slack, Facebook, Salesforce, Rakuten, Rackspace, OpenCorporates, Altinity, Pythian Group and others are also sharing thoughts on database design, management and administration techniques via a mix of panel discussions and technical presentations.

Additional topics of particular interest include monitoring, automation, migration, security, compliance and… wait for it… it had to be there… Kubernetes.

The new version of PostgreSQL will also be discussed at the event.

New distro

The news is actually out before the event proper i.e. Percona has launched its own enhanced distribution of PostgreSQL for customers that want enterprise-class support for applications running on this popular open source database.

The Percona Distribution for PostgreSQL is based on v11.5 of PostgreSQL and provides a supported distribution of the database alongside open source tools for managing database instances and ensuring data is secure, available and backed up for recovery.

Tools include third-party extension for rebuilding PostgreSQL database objects – plus extensions that provide in-depth session and/or object audit logging through the standard logging facility in PostgreSQL.

There ‘s also pgBackRest, a backup tool that replaces the built-in PostgreSQL backup offering. pgBackRest can seamlessly scale up to handle the largest database workloads. It uses streaming compression to help companies minimize storage requirements and delta restores to significantly lower the amount of time to complete a restore.

“Companies are creating more data than ever and they have to store and manage this data effectively,” said Peter Zaitsev, co-founder and CEO of Percona. “Open source databases are becoming the platforms of choice for many organisations and Percona provides the consultancy and support services that these companies rely on to be successful. Adding a distribution of PostgreSQL alongside our current options for MySQL and MongoDB helps our customers leverage the best of open source for their applications as well as get reliable and efficient support.

Multi-database environments

The new distribution adds to Percona’s list of supported open source database editions, which includes the company’s own versions of MySQL and MongoDB.

With the prominence of multi-database environments, the addition of PostgreSQL provides customers with enterprise support, services and consulting for all their open source database instances across multiple distributions and across both on-premises and cloud deployments.

“While at its core the PostgreSQL server has many features, alone it does not meet all the workloads of a modern enterprise,” explains Matt Yonkovit, chief experience officer at Percona. “As a result, the community has built many extensions and add-ons to fill in the gaps. However, community solutions often overlap or provide similar functionality to one another. We developed the Percona Distribution for PostgreSQL as enterprise companies need a way to guarantee that the tools, add-ons, and extensions they require are going to work together, are easy to deploy, are certified, and supported by a trusted vendor,” added Yonkovit.

Database management appears to be growing in prominence in the modern IT stack… so the CWDN team will be aiming to dig in and gorge on as much of this topic as possible. Oh… alongside a good helping of the always amazing Dutch ‘kroketten’ croquettes, obviously.

The event hastags are #PerconaLive #Percona #PostreSQL #opensource

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