Call for Papers Issued for Lightning Talks and Birds of a Feather Sessions

DURHAM, North Carolina – Feb. 3, 2015Percona, the company that makes MySQL and OpenStack faster and more reliable, today published exciting updates to the conference schedule for the fourth annual Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo 2015 to be held April 13-16, 2015, at The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and Santa Clara Convention Center. The schedule updates include new 25-minute talks and a new MySQL 101 program designed to give developers and sys admins a foundational primer on MySQL DBA tools, techniques and best practices. The company also issued a call for papers for the conference’s Lightning Talks and Birds of a Feather sessions, and announced that advanced pricing discounts will end on March 8, 2015. Sponsorship opportunities for this highly anticipated event are still available.

New: 25-Minute Sessions

On the first day of the conference, Percona is now offering 25-minute talks that pack tons of great information into a shorter format to allow for a wider range of topics. The 25-minute sessions include:

Session Title



Towards One Million SQL Queries per Second

Stewart Smith, Linux Kernel Developer


MariaDB 10.1 InnoDB: What's New and Future Plans

Jan Lindström, Principal Engineer


Improving Your Database Designs with Practical Database Theory

David Berube, Proprietor

Berube Consulting

Utilizing Ansible to Manage a Highly Available MySQL Environment

Derek Downey, Principal Consultant, and Miklos Szel, Senior MySQL Consultant


Sharding, Horizontal and Vertical Scaling

Tom Christ, Database Engineer


(Almost) Instant Monitoring

Daniel Guzman Burgos, Consultant


libAttachSQL & pyAttachSQL, the Cloud Connectors for MySQL

Andrew Hutchings,

Principal Software Engineer

Hewlett Packard

MariaDB CONNECT Storage Engine to Simplify Heterogeneous Data Access

Serge Frezefond, Cloud Solutions Architect


Weapons for Slaying the Monolithic Monster

John Williams, Systems Administrator


Managing a Multi-DC MySQL Installation with Chef

Tatyana Arenburg, DBA & DevOps


Sqoop: Getting to Hadoop

Abraham Elmahrek, Software Engineer


Orchestrating MySQL

Ivan Zoratti, Senior Solutions Architect


A New Program: MySQL 101

MySQL 101 is an exciting new program that will take place on Wednesday and Thursday of the conference. Hand-picked instructors will walk developers, sys admins and other technical staff through two days of practical training and include everything they need to know to handle day-to-day MySQL DBA tasks, saving the company time and money and eliminating expensive errors. The motto of this track is, “You send us developers and admins, and we will send you back MySQL DBAs.”

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions enable attendees with interests in the same project or topic to enjoy some quality face time. BOFs can be organized for individual projects or broader topics (e.g., best practices, open data, standards). Any attendee or conference speaker can propose and moderate an engaging BOF. Percona will post the selected topics and moderators online and provide a meeting space and time. The BOF sessions will be held Tuesday night, April 14, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The deadline for BOF submissions is February 13, 2015.

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks provide an opportunity for attendees to propose, explain, exhort, or rant on any MySQL-related topic for five minutes. Topics might include a new idea, successful project, cautionary story, quick tip, or demonstration. All submissions will be reviewed, and the top 10 will be selected to present during the one-hour Lightning Talks session on Wednesday, April 15, during the Community Networking Reception. Lighthearted, fun or otherwise entertaining submissions are highly welcome. The deadline for submitting a Lightning Talk topic is February 13, 2015.

Having Fun at the Hyatt

The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara is the best place to stay and enjoy all conference activities, including receptions, Birds of a Feather, and Lightning Talks. Attendees have been known to mingle at the Hyatt bar throughout the afternoon and long into the evening. Percona has reserved a block of rooms, and attendees who make their reservations via the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2015 website receive a special rate. Special rates will be available until March 23, 2015, or until the group block is sold out.

Advance Pricing Discounts

Advanced pricing discounts are still available but will end on March 8, 2015.


This year’s Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo is being sponsored by many of the world’s top MySQL solution providers and practitioners, including Yahoo, VMware, Box, and Yelp. The complete sponsor list includes:
Diamond Plus Sponsors: VMware
Diamond Sponsors: Yahoo, Deep Information Sciences
Gold Sponsors: Pythian, Codership, Machine Zone
Silver Sponsors: Box, Yelp, MariaDB, SpringbokSQL, Tesora, BlackMesh, SolidFire
Exhibit Only Sponsors: Severalnines, Tokutek, VividCortex, FoundationDB, ScaleArc, Walmart eCommerce
Other Sponsors: MailChimp, Nextiva
Media Sponsors: DBTA, Datanami, InfoQ, JAXenter, Linux Journal, O'Reilly Media

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Sponsors of the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2015 will become part of a dynamic and growing ecosystem and interact with more than 1,000 DBAs, sysadmins, developers, CTOs, CEOs, business managers, technology evangelists, solution vendors, and entrepreneurs in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Visit the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2015 website for more information about the conference. Interested community members can also register to receive email updates about the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2015.

Percona Live Conference

What: Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2015
Where: The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and Santa Clara Convention Center
5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
When:April 13-16, 2015

Company Information

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About Percona

Percona has made MySQL and OpenStack and faster and more reliable for over 2,800 consulting and support customers worldwide since 2006. Percona provides enterprise-grade Support, Consulting, Managed Services, and Training services to companies such as Cisco Systems, Time Warner Cable, Alcatel-Lucent, Groupon, and the BBC. Percona's founders authored the definitive book High Performance MySQL from O'Reilly Press and the widely read Percona Performance Blog. Percona also develops software for MySQL and OpenStack users, including Percona Server, Percona XtraBackup, Percona XtraDB Cluster, and Percona Toolkit. The popular Percona Live conferences draw attendees and acclaimed speakers from around the world. For more information, visit




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