Happy New Year from Pythian Australia!

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Hello everyone! Before I move to the seasonal greetings, let me share some exciting news.

2008 was quite remarkable for Pythian and, in addition to our ongoing success and growth, we established Pythian Europe back in May. To top it off, we have now laid the foundation for Pythian East Asia Pacific.

Pythian Australia Pty Ltd was incorporated and started official operations in Australia this month, taking over service delivery for the region. We have a few local clients and already signed some new ones, so this is quite an exciting beginning.

Today, there are three of us working in Sydney office:

Pythian Australia - the first three

A little bit of history. Pythian has operated in Australia for almost three years by now (well, longer than I’ve been with Pythian ) and Paul Moen (on the left) was the very first Pythian DBA in Sydney. Andrey Goryunov (in the middle) has been with us for more than a year. Finally, four months ago I joined the Pythian Aussie DBAs here in Sydney but in a different role—heading the development of Pythian services in the East Asia Pacific region.

My days now are very different and I’ve got quite a few new responsibilities (and headaches), but it’s lots of fun and and very interesting. Needless to say, it’s been keeping me very busy—my excuse for having only a couple posts per month on average. At the same time, my family has needed a lot of attention as we were settling down. But that’s largely completed now.

Having said all that, it’s now time to wish you belated Happy Holidays—and Happy New Year, too. I hope 2008 was a great year for you all as it was for us here at Pythian, and I wish that 2009 continues that tradition. In particular, I wish your tablespaces don’t fill up and your wait events are short. I hope you won’t hit any deadlocks, and that you get licenses to use Diagnostic Pack on all your Oracle databases. I wish that, in the year 2009, you can migrate most of your Oracle databases to 11g in 2009, MySQL—to 5.1 and . . .  upgrade your SQL Server to version 2008 (why is Microsoft always behind?). Finally, let me wish that your backups are always recoverable, your down time is minimal, and that you don’t loose lose any data in 2009.

In other words, the toast is: “to high-quality data!”

I doubt many of you have had the chance this season to go fishing from the rocks as I did, but I hope that you have found other ways to have some holiday fun.

Fishing Mona Vale

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About the Author

What does it take to be chief technology officer at a company of technology experts? Experience. Imagination. Passion. Alex Gorbachev has all three. He’s played a key role in taking the company global, having set up Pythian’s Asia Pacific operations. Today, the CTO office is an incubator of new services and technologies – a mini-startup inside Pythian. Most recently, Alex built a Big Data Engineering services team and established a Data Science practice. Highly sought after for his deep expertise and interest in emerging trends, Alex routinely speaks at industry events as a member of the OakTable.

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Great catch, Alex!
Your arms must have been so tired after pulling that one out! :-)



Can’t wait to see that monster mounted and on the Pythian office wall!!!

Nicklas Westerlund
December 30, 2008 4:13 pm

Happy Holidays Alex!

I did have some time to fish from the rocks, but didn’t catch anything unfortunately, so no fish on the wall here :/

Alex Gorbachev
December 30, 2008 5:30 pm

Well, that “monster” was the very first so it’s special. Unfortunately it ended up inside this monster:



Congrats, Alex! And it’s a nice spread they’ve done for you in this month’s Oracle magazine.


Thanks Gus… I hoped nobody would notice… well, I guess there is a blog post in order them ;-)

Unfortunately, my Oracle Magazine printed version is coming to Ottawa office — folks, could someone forward it to our Sydney office?

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“you don’t loose any data in 2009.”

data should always be loose, else it will be difficult to extract.

why did i say that? well, at least my english is better than yours ;-) ;-).

thank you very much for your blog. this is my first day on it, and i am enjoying it (i navigated to this site from over there). i will probably send you an e-mail or two with questions, and hope you don’t mind responding…

– s.b.

Alex Gorbachev
March 13, 2009 5:51 pm

@s.b. LOL. Good catch re “loose”. :) Thanks – fixed.

Welcome to the blog — glad you like it here. Sure drop me an email to “my last name” at pythian.com.

Oh… I just realized by “best catch” image didn’t survive the site move… chasing it up now.


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