Percona Live 2014 part 1

IggyPopIMG_1170This year the Percona Live conference started with a free Open Source Appreciation Day. There were two tracks and I went to the OpenStack track where JAY PIPES was speaking!!! OMFG! He is a great speaker and pretty much disappeared into drizzle land to be spit out into OpenStack land. He is still a great speaker. Yea Jay Pipes!  My take away was the Trove is OpenStacks answer to RDS (Jay did not speak about Trove per se, his talk was titled: Tales from the Field: Backend Data Storage in OpenStack Clouds ).

The conference always starts off with tutorials and this year I had a pass for that. I went to two tutorials. The first was the MySQL Break/Fix Lab with mostly René Cannaò (Blackbird, (formerly PalominoDB)), then Gillian Gunson (Blackbird (formerly PalominoDB)) and Alkin Tezuysal (Blackbird, (formerly PalominoDB)) with the shortest time. I wish this had been intermediate rather than beginning. But I wanted to support them. I had great fun tweeting about this session. And it was a great beginner session. I wish I’d gone to it in my first year of being a MySQL DBA.

Then I went to InnoDB Architecture and Performance Optimization with Peter Zaitsev (Percona).  This was an advance talk on the internals which is not something I know a lot about. But I learned at the Oracle MySQL Connect that some of it does sink in and help with things like tuning and indexes.  I was also taking it to prep for Jeremy Cole’s session later in the week. Turns out Jeremy was there to prep for his talk too! AND near the end they had a lively discussion where Jeremy politely told Peter he was wrong about this one thing & Peter paid attention! It was very cool to see two very smart people have a discussion rather than some ego fueled bullshit session. We all benefited from it greatly.

That was the end of day 2 and I was already pretty tired. How can that be? I had 3 more days of this.


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