October 22, 2014

Percona Live MySQL Conference Highlights

The Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2014 was March 31st through April 4th in Santa Clara, California. I heard numerous positive comments from attendees and saw even more on social media. Our conference team lead by Kortney Runyan pulled together a smooth, enjoyable event which made it easy for attendees to focus on learning and networking. Some of the Percona Live MySQL Conference highlights from this year follow.

Percona Live MySQL Conference Highlights

A few stats for the conference this year versus last year:

  • Total registrations were up nearly 15%
  • Attendees represented 40 countries, up from 36 in 2013
  • 34 companies sponsored the conference this year, up from 33 last year
  • This year’s conference covered 5 days including the Open Source Appreciation Day, up from 4 days last year

The conference could not grow without the support of attendees and sponsors. It’s great to see continued growth in attendees which is driven in large part by the word of mouth endorsements of those who attended in previous years.

PLMCE14 Attendee Map

Keynotes & SiliconANGLE Interviews Video Recordings

The Percona Live MySQL Conference 2014 featured some great keynote presentations. I would like to thank our great keynote speakers who covered a wide variety of topics including MySQL 5.7, integrating MySQL and Hadoop, SSD storage, OpenStack, and the future of running MySQL at scale. If you couldn’t attend this year, you can watch the keynote recordings by visiting the conference website. I was particularly interested in the presentation on MySQL 5.7 from Tomas Ulin, VP of MySQL Engineering for Oracle, which demonstrated the ongoing improvements and commitment Oracle has made to MySQL. I also found the talk by Boris Renski of Mirantis especially helpful in increasing my understanding of the OpenStack ecosystem and the organizations involved in that space. The talk by Robert Hodges of Continuent on integrating MySQL and Hadoop and the talk by Nisha Talagala from Fusion-io on advances in SSD storage are also definitely worth a look.

We were fortunate to have SiliconANGLE at the conference this year, recording video interviews with a wide range of exhibitors and attendees. Whether you attended the conference or not, I think you’ll find the interviews entertaining and enlightening. You can find the videos on the Percona Live conference website or on the SiliconANGLE website or YouTube channel.

Conference Committee

Thanks go first to the nearly 130 speakers who were chosen based on over 300 submitted proposals. The Conference Committee lead by Shlomi Noach, which represented a wide array of ecosystem participants, created a solid schedule of tutorials and breakout sessions which covered a wide variety of MySQL-related topics at a variety of levels. Thanks go out to all of the Committee members:

  • Shlomi Noach, Engineer, Outbrain
  • Roland Bouman, Software Engineer, Pentaho
  • Tim Callaghan, VP of Engineering, Tokutek
  • Laine Campbell, CEO and Co-Founder, Blackbird
  • Jeremy Cole, Sr. Systems Engineer, Google
  • Todd Farmer, Director, Oracle
  • Jay Janssen, Consulting Lead, Percona
  • Giuseppe Maxia, QA Director, Continuent
  • Cedric Peintre, DBA, Dailymotion
  • Ivan Zoratti, CTO, SkySQL
  • Liz van Dijk, Head of Technical Account Management, Percona

Visit the Percona Live MySQL Conference 2014 website and click the “Session Slides” to download the slides from the sessions. Check back periodically for new sets of slides added by the conference speakers.

Sponsors

We cannot put on this conference without the support of our sponsors. Special thanks go out to our Diamond Plus sponsors, Fusion-io and Continuent, for their support and their knowledgeable keynote speakers. The full list of sponsors is:

Diamond Plus: Continuent, Fusion-io
Platinum: Booking.com
Gold: Machine Zone, Micron, Pythian, SkySQL
Silver: AppDynamics, Box, InfiniDB, Diablo, Galera/Codership, Google, Rackspace, Tesora, Twitter, Yelp
Exhibitors: Attunity, Blackbird (formerly PalominoDB), Dropbox, Etsy, FoundationDB, HGST, Rocket Fuel, RSSBus, ScaleArc, ScaleBase, Severalnines, Sphinx, Tokutek, VividCortex
Other: Devart, Facebook, Webyog, MailChimp
Media: ADMIN Magazine, Datanami, DBTA, Linux Journal, Linux Pro Magazine, O’Reilly, Software Developer’s Journal
Open Source Appreciation Day: Tesora, hastexo, CentOS

Open Source Appreciation Day

Special thanks go to our partners who helped put together the OpenStack Today and CentOS Dojo Santa Clara events on Monday during the inaugural Open Source Appreciation Day. Attendees for these free events were treated to great talks from noteworthy speakers from the OpenStack, CentOS, and MySQL worlds on a wide variety of topics. Watch for links to the presentations in a future blog post.

WebScaleSQL

One of the biggest announcements this year wasn’t made by a sponsor. The announcement of the WebScaleSQL project, which is being driven by team members from Facebook, Google, Twitter, and LinkedIn, got a lot of attention from attendees and from the media. My takeaway was that the project is both a strong vote of confidence in MySQL (versus other MySQL variants or alternatives) and a promise of continued improvement in MySQL for large scale web applications in the future.

Percona Live London 2014 and Percona Live MySQL Conference 2015 Dates

Our next event is Percona Live London which is November 3-4, 2014. The Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2015 will be April 13-16, 2015 at the Hyatt Santa Clara and Santa Clara Convention Center – watch for more details in the coming months!

About Terry Erisman

I joined Percona as Chief Marketing Officer in 2011. I've been marketing high tech software and services worldwide for over 20 years including open source solutions since 1999. Prior to Percona, I was the first marketing person for DotNetNuke, the leading open source web content management system for .NET. While at Percona (#1566 in 2013), DotNetNuke (#228 in 2010), and CaseCentral (#450 in 2004), each company was named to the Inc. 500/5000. You can check out my thoughts on marketing open source solutions on my blog at www.ossmarketing.com.

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