This Week in Data With Colin Charles 52: London MySQL Meetup

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

This week wraps up the London MySQL meetup, where there were four presentations, for the intimate yet diverse crowd. We saw representation from Oracle MySQL, MariaDB Corporation, Pythian, and Percona. Long-time organizer Ivan Zoratti has also handed off the baton to Maria Luisa Raviol, and going forward she will ensure meetups are at least once per quarter. It was a real pleasure to see MySQL Community Manager Dave Stokes at the event, too.

A new book to read: AWS System Administration: Best Practices for Sysadmins in the Amazon Cloud. There is coverage of RDS, from the standpoint of an example application stack as well as backups.

A most interesting tweet from the Chief Marketing Officer of MongoDB, Meagen Eisenberg, of an ad on a billboard: friend’s don’t let friends use relational databases.


Link List

Industry Updates

  • Catalyst IT Australia acquires Open Query – Arjen Lentz is a long-time MySQL community member, and he ran his company for the last 11 years pre-acquisition. Congratulations!
  • Elastic files for IPO – the financials are solid, *”Our revenue was $159.9 million and $88.2 million in fiscal 2018 and 2017, respectively, representing year-over-year growth of 81% for fiscal 2018.” The filing is worth reading.
  • New Cloud Unicorn: PagerDuty Scores $1.3 Billion Valuation In $90 Million Round – total raised now $173 million, valuing the company at $1.3 billion. Some of their competitors have been purchased recently, VictorOps by Splunk for $120 million and OpsGenie by Atlassian for $295 million. There are not many independents left in this space beyond PagerDuty and xMatters(who recently picked up Series D financing, total raised $96.5 million).
  • PingCap raises $50m in Series C funding. They are behind TiDB and TiKV. Raised a total of $72 million, and this is a significant increase from the $15m Series B raise in June 2017!
  • Tague Griffith has departed Redis Labs where he was Head of Developer Advocacy and is now at Google.
  • Manyi Lu who has been in the MySQL world for a very long time, leading much of the changes in the MySQL optimizer, who was most recently Director of Software Development at Oracle has departed to be a Senior Director at Alicloud.

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