Conference review Percona Live Santa Clara 2018

Posted in: MySQL, Open Source, Technical Track

Percona Live Santa Clara, an annual event where open source database users, developers and enthusiasts come together, was held in April at the Santa-Clara convention centre. Pythian was well represented once more with no less than five presentations and a total of nine attendees.

This year the conference was condensed to two days of breakout sessions and one day of tutorials. Though it was shorter in length, the organizers broadened their horizons by including not only MySQL and MongoDB tracks, but this year they even put together a full PostgreSQL track. Moving from MySQL only to multiple technologies, inspired this year’s tagline: polyglot persistence conference. The increase in number of sessions allowed for a lot more options, but the condensed schedule made it much harder to choose which sessions to attend!

My observation from last year’s European conference in Dublin was that ProxySQL and ClickHouse were hot topics is something I noticed again in 2018. ProxySQL was the winner of the MySQL Community Award for the second year in a row. René Cannaò, ProxySQL main author, was present to accept the award and confirmed his commitment to make the software even more feature rich than it already is. We look forward to the upcoming 2.0 release.

The community dinner is traditionally held on Tuesday night of the conference. Pythian is, and has been for many years now, the proud organizer company of this fine event. Our open-source director, Derek Downey, had arranged for a limited edition t-shirt for every attendee. The venue was again at Pedro’s restaurant where a Mexican buffet was waiting for us. We had a good turn up and we had good fun. Olé!

Last, but not least, Percona announced that they will say goodbye to Santa Clara and will move the conference to another location next year. They kept the answer as to where they will go to themselves, but the guesswork in the community runs full circle. I’ve heard suggestions from Hawaii to Toronto and even Cleveland showed up in the list. We’ll have to wait and see what it is going to be.

But before we do, next up is Percona Live Europe which will be held in Frankfurt, Germany November 5-8 this year. Pythian is looking forward to meeting you there!

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MySQL Database Consultant
Matthias has been passionate about computers since the age of 10. He has been working with them ever since. Currently he's a MySQL Database Consultant at Pythian where he helps his team to provide the best possible service to the customers.

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