Continuent have been a long term sponsor of the Percona Live conference, and the MySQL conference as it was before that, for many years. We have attended the conference both as a Diamond sponsor, and members of our staff attending and presenting our products and experience at the conference.
The nature of these conferences always changes over time, and we have seen over the last few years how the Percona Live conference has moved from being a pure MySQL conference to an open source database conference. Although Continuent continue to provide open source software and integrate with many open source databases, our core operation still revolves around MySQL clustering and replication for MySQL and Oracle.
Continuent is also evolving and changing and we are increasingly deploying and moving towards pure cloud-based environments, building and developing products that are used on the cloud or explicitly leverage cloud computing technology. We have a number of new products and initiatives specifically targeting these areas.
Over the course of the next year we will be releasing cloud editions of our clustering, replication and new backup and proxy services both directly and through our partners.
As such, this year we have made the difficult decision not to sponsor or attend the Percona Live conference, directing our energies to other conferences, webinars and meetups. We will be attending the AWS conference, for example, and we fully intend to be at some other select conferences this year dealing with analytics, in-memory computing, and cloud-based deployments.
Now I’m back in the MySQL fold, I’ve got the opportunity to speak at Percona Live again. I’ve always enjoyed speaking at this conference (back when it was known by another name…), although I need to up my game and do the 6 talks I did back in 2009.
On the Tuesday afternoon, tutorials day, I’m running a half-day session with my replication colleague Linas Virbalas. This will be similar to the session I did at Percona Live London, and cover some of the more advanced content on replication, including, but not limited to:
Some fun and practical filters
Heterogeneous replication from MySQL out to MongoDB, Vertica, Oracle and Hadoop
Then on Thursday Linas and I will be taking an even closer look at the Hadoop applier, demonstrating how it works, and how the fundamental principles of the applier can be mapped to other databases the same basic process. Our key aim here is to show how easy and straightforward the process is, and how practical it makes the data transfer. We will be doing a live demo, and looking at why this is a better alternative than Sqoop.
Of course, I’m not the only Continuent person there, Giuseppe Maxia will be doing a tutorial session on Advanced Replication techniques, one on multi-master, and another on partitioning for performance. And of course Robert Hodges will be doing his keynote, and a talk on Cassandra, another on MongoDB, and a guide to Cloud systems and MySQL. Jeff and Neil, meanwhile, will be talking about geo-clustering, and Neil has talks on Puppet and using MySQL in the cloud.