This Week in Data with Colin Charles 46: OSCON Recap, Google Site Reliability Workbook

Colin CharlesJoin Percona Chief Evangelist Colin Charles as he covers happenings, gives pointers and provides musings on the open source database community.

OSCON happened last week and was incredible. It is true there was less of a database focus, and a lot more topics covered. In fact, you’d have found it hard to find database content. There was plenty of interesting content around AI/ML, cloud, SRE, blockchain and more. As a speaker, the 40-minute sessions that included a Q and A session was quite compact (I felt it was a little too short, and many speakers sped up towards the end). I guess it will make for more blog content.

The conference’s open source ethos is still extremely strong, and the keynotes exemplified that. It was not just the 20th anniversary of OSCON, but also the 20th anniversary of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Percona is a sponsor (and I am an individual member). From a sponsor standpoint, Home Depot had a huge booth, but so did the NSA – who, along with giving out stickers, were actively recruiting. Readers might recall mention of NSA’s involvement with LemonGraph and the other data open source data projects from column 43.

Google just released The Site Reliability Workbook, which looks like the full PDF (“launch day edition”) of their new book. It includes practical ways to implement SRE. You can pre-order the book, and the official release date is August 4, 2018. This should be the best companion to Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems, which I highly recommend reading first before getting to the workbook. After a quick perusal of the new release, I can say I like it — the case studies from Evernote and Home Depot, are all very interesting from a database standpoint (MySQL, Cloud SQL). Plenty of information is relevant if you’re a Prometheus user as well. I say skim the PDF, and devour the book!


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Industry Updates

  • Elastic is on a spree of grabbing folk – Massimo Brignoli (ex-MongoDB, SkySQL, Oracle, and MySQL) joins as a Principal Solutions Architect, and Gerardo Narvaja joins as Sr. Solutions Architect for Pacific Northwest. He departs MariaDB Corporation, and has previously been at Tokutek, Pythian and MySQL.
  • Morgan Tocker (LinkedIn) has joined PingCAP as Senior Product & Community Manager. Previously he was both product manager and community manager at Oracle for MySQL, had a stint at Percona and also was at the original MySQL AB.
  • Baron Schwartz is now Chief Technology Officer of VividCortex, and Amena Ali has become the new CEO.

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  • rotellaro

    thanks for quoting pgchameleon 🙂

    August 4, 2018 at 5:57 am

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