This Week in Data with Colin Charles 39: a valuable time spent at rootconf.inColin Charles
Join Percona Chief Evangelist Colin Charles as he covers happenings, gives pointers and provides musings on the open source database community.
rootconf.in 2018 just ended, and it was very enjoyable to be in Bangalore for the conference. The audience was large, the conversations were great, and overall I think this is a rather important conference if you’re into the “DevOps” movement (or are a sysadmin!). From the data store world, Oracle MySQL was a sponsor, as was MyDBOPS (blog), and Elastic. There were plenty more, including Digital Ocean/GoJek/Walmart Labs — many MySQL users.
I took a handful of pictures with people, and here are some of the MyDBOPS team and myself. They have over 20 employees, and serve the Indian market at rates that would be more palatable than straight up USD rates. Traveling through Asia, many businesses always do find local partners and offer local pricing; this really becomes more complex in the SaaS space (everyone pays the same rate generally) and also the services space.
From a talk standpoint, I did a keynote for an hour and also a BoF session for another hour (great discussion, lots of blog post ideas from there), and we had a Q&A session for about 15 minutes. There were plenty of good conversations in the hallway track.
A quick observation that I notice happens everywhere: many people don’t realize features that have existed in MySQL since 5.6/5.7. So they are truly surprised with stuff in 8.0 as well. It is clear there is a huge market that would thrive around education. Not just around feature checklists, but also around how to use features. Sometimes, this feels like the MySQL of the mid-2000’s — getting apps to also use new features, would be a great thing.
This seems to have been a quiet week on the releases front.
Are you a user of Amazon Aurora MySQL? There is now the Amazon Aurora Backtrack feature, which allows you to go back in time. It is described to work as:
Aurora uses a distributed, log-structured storage system (read Design Considerations for High Throughput Cloud-Native Relational Databases to learn a lot more); each change to your database generates a new log record, identified by a Log Sequence Number (LSN). Enabling the backtrack feature provisions a FIFO buffer in the cluster for storage of LSNs. This allows for quick access and recovery times measured in seconds.
- Where to ask questions about MyRocks and RocksDB – important post by Mark Callaghan. Remember it is already available in Percona Server for MySQL.
- MySQL 8.0: InnoDB now supports Instant ADD COLUMN – contribution from Tencent, similar to what you get in MariaDB Server, Instant ADD Column for InnoDB, but implemented in a different fashion.
- A handful of links about Percona Live Santa Clara 2018: from the Pythian team, we have Conference Review Percona Live Santa Clara 2018, and from Opsview, we have Event Diary: Percona Live, Santa Clara CA.
- From Honeycomb, RDS Performance Degradation – Postmortem
- Open Source Data Centre Conference – Berlin, Germany – June 12-13 2018
- DataOps Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain – June 21-22 2018
- OSCON – Portland, Oregon, USA – July 16-19 2018