Top 5 Takeaways from Percona Live Europe 2019

Percona Live Europe Wrap UpIt’s a wrap! Another Percona Live Europe is in the books and we want to thank everyone for making it an amazing event.

A special shout-out to this year’s sponsors: AWS, PlanetScale, Altinity, Galera Cluster, MySQL, Shannon Systems, Tarantool, Booking.com, Free Software Foundation, MariaDB, Open Source Initiative, HPCwire, Datanami, and Enterprise AI.

We saw lots of first-time attendees, and it was great to welcome them into the open source community. Many sessions were standing-room-only and the keynotes were, as usual, the highlight of the week.

Here are our key takeaways from the week:

#1. Monitoring & Management Got Better

We debuted v2 of our award-winning database monitoring tool, Percona Monitoring and Management, a single-pane-of-glass to monitor the performance of MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, and PostgreSQL database environments.

This version offers new performance and usability query improvements, new query analytics for PostgreSQL, new labeling with Leverage Standard (system-generated) and Custom tags, as well as a new administrative API.

“With users’ expectations for application speed and availability at an all-time high, companies require quicker and deeper insight into their database performance bottlenecks, a higher-level perspective of multiple systems they monitor, and the ability to monitor larger and more complex systems. PMM2 delivers on all these requirements and more,” said Peter Zaitsev, co-founder, and CEO of Percona. ~ DBTA

It can be used on-premises and in the cloud, and is compatible with major cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, with specific dashboards for AWS RDS and Amazon Aurora.

#2. Trusted Distribution

Percona Distribution for PostgreSQL was formally announced at PLE, offering the best and most critical enterprise components from the open-source community, in a single distribution, designed and tested to work together. It is an easy, yet powerful way to implement an enterprise-grade, fully open source PostgreSQL environment. Backed by Percona’s world-class support and engineering teams, it gives companies the peace of mind that these components are tested and configured to work together, with 24×7 support.

“Postgres is truly the most open of all of the most popular open source databases. So the licensing is very open, it’s very easy to contribute, it has a massive following and a massive base of contributors,” said Matt Yonkovit. “There’s a lot of awesome extensions, a lot of awesome features, a lot of awesome open source tools that are out in the ecosystem. And so there’s a lot to draw from, but the problem is, a lot of them don’t necessarily work together.”

“It was obvious that a lot of these components are already there, you just need to package them in a way that is designed to work together and minimize the bugs and the friction between these components, these extensions.”  ~ The New Stack

#3. By the Numbers

We shared the results from our 2019 Open Source Data Management Software Survey with the Percona Live Europe crowd, and the data shows some interesting trends:

  • Multi-database, multi-cloud, and hybrid are not only the reality but commonplace, with over 92% of respondents say they use more than one database.
  • Environments are getting increasingly more complex, and the larger the organization, the more complex the hosting environment.
  • The top two benefits of open source are cost savings (79.4%) and avoiding vendor lock-in (62%), but the benefit of having a community also scored over 50%.

Here’s what the press had to say about the survey:

“Companies around the world prefer to have multiple databases in multiple locations over multiple platforms, according to a report unveiled at the Percona Live 2019 event in Amsterdam,” Mayank Sharma, TechRadar

According to Ian Murphy, Enterprise Times, the Percona Open Source Data Management Survey results showed, “When Oracle bought Sun and acquired MySQL, there was an openly voiced concern for the future of open source databases. That has long been put to bed and with the rise of cloud, there are more open source based options than pure commercial ones.”

On making the results of Percona’s Open Source Data Management Survey raw data available to anyone: “We want to provide the community with a way to get this data, and use it and to make all open source databases better,” says Matt Yonkovit Percona’s Chief Experience Officer ~ Tech Radar

#4. Simple or Complex?

Matt may be biased, but his keynote about how efforts in simplicity often lead to more complexity was an important talk for our community. Even with automation, DevOps processes, and the emergence of new technology, systems still crash, databases are still breached, and “smart people still do stupid things.”

So… what can we do about it?

“We’ve strived for a long time to try and reduce the complexity of our corporate systems, especially around the database space. And what has been happening is the exact opposite of a simplification, it’s been making it more complex, it’s been making it more fractured, if you will,” said Matt Yonkovit, Percona Chief Experience Officer. ~ The New Stack

#5. The Open Source Community Rocks!

One of the best takeaways from this year’s Percona Live was just how great our community is. As mentioned in our survey results, “the benefit of having a community” was noted as a top reason to adopt open source by over 50% of our respondents—and we can see why!

From networking in the hallways to dinners and community events, the sharing and support among the community are always astounding.

You are what makes the open source community so great, and we thank you for attending and participating in Percona Live Europe. Be sure to check out our Database Performance Blog, our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn), and be on the lookout for information about Percona Live 2020 in Austin, May 18-20.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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