Book your ticket to hear from the likes of MySQL and MariaDB creator Monty Widenius and VP MySQL Engineering Tomas Ulin on November 11–12, 2013.

Conference preview: Percona Live London

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According to one attendee, last year’s Percona Live MySQL Conference in London “was even more interesting than the first edition, and I had great fun discussing all the techie stuff with the right people.” The attendees enjoyed a wide range of excellent speakers, including keynotes from Monty Widenius from Monty Program Ab, Robert Hodges from Continuent, Frank Terburg from Clustrix, and Peter Zaitsev of Percona, as well as engaging tutorials and highly rated breakout sessions.

This year’s Percona Live MySQL Conference in London is shaping up to be even better. We are especially excited by the participation of Oracle representatives this year – providing a keynote, participating on the Conference Committee, and delivering breakout session talks.

Conference sessions will dive into the major variants of MySQL – MySQL 5.6, Percona Server 5.6, and MariaDB 10 – and MySQL-related technologies. The keynote speakers will address the MySQL variants and related technologies during their talks, including:

  • Tomas Ulin, Vice President, MySQL Engineering at Oracle, will discuss the focus, strategy, investments and innovations that are preparing MySQL to power next-generation web, mobile, cloud and embedded applications. He will also discuss the latest and the most significant MySQL database release, MySQL 5.6, as well as what is ahead in MySQL 5.7.

  • Monty Widenius, CTO of the MariaDB Foundation, will provide a walkthrough of the new features in MariaDB 5.5 and share details on things like why the Foundation chose to create MariaDB 10.0 instead of simply taking MySQL 5.6 as a base for creating what would have been called MariaDB 5.6.

  • Robert Hodges, CEO of Continuent, will deliver a keynote in which he will make it clear that “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” as he explores the real risks of managing data in the cloud and explains how cloud data managers using MySQL can build more robust systems.

  • Peter Zaitsev, CEO & co-founder of Percona, will give a keynote on the continuing evolution of the MySQL ecosystem in an era of increasing demands for performance and rising reliance on the cloud. He will also address the growing phenomenon of organizations using MySQL with NoSQL solutions such as Hadoop, MongoDB, and Redis to address Big Data challenges.

This year’s Conference Committee consists of highly engaged and experienced professionals who are developing an exciting agenda that will include a focus on real-world customer stories that demonstrate a range of problem-solving use cases for MySQL. The committee members are:

  • Cedric Peintre, Conference Chairman and DBA, Dailymotion
  • Todd Farmer, Director of Technical Product Management, Oracle
  • Ivan Zoratti, CTO, SkySQL Ab
  • David Busby, Remote DBA, Percona
  • Kenny Gryp, Principal Consultant, Percona
  • Ben Mildren, Remote DBA, Percona

While all the conference talks will be informative and engaging, most attendees will find the tutorials particularly valuable. The tutorials will present immediate and practical guidance based on an in-depth knowledge of MySQL. Tutorials are a cross between a training class and a conference breakout session, which makes them highly accessible, interesting and relevant. The conference tracks currently being developed include Developing Applications, Database Administration, Trends in Architecture and Design, Tools, Utilizing Hardware, New Features, Best Practices for Businesses, Replication, and High Availability Strategies.

One of the highly anticipated events at Percona Live London is the Community Networking Reception that follows the conference on Tuesday, November 12. Featuring delectable food and tantalizing drinks, the reception offers an excellent opportunity for attendees to mingle, make new friends, and develop future plans.

The Value of Percona Live MySQL Conference, London

Attending Percona Live London provides attendees with a unique opportunity to connect with European MySQL users and vendors. The attendees at Percona Live London 2012 were a diverse and very interesting group. A little over half of them were from the United Kingdom and about a third were from other parts of Europe, including Finland, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Lebanon, Russia, and Malta. Other nations represented included Estonia, Turkey, Lithuania, and Malaysia. And this diversity of geography was matched by diversity in company size. About a third of the attendees came from companies with fewer than 50 employees, and about a fifth from companies with more than 501 employees. The vertical focus of the represented companies also covered a wide range, including software, telecommunications, eCommerce, media, retail, entertainment, mobile technology, education, hospitality, social networking, biotechnology, and healthcare.

While the Percona Live MySQL Conference in London is a chance to play an active role in a growing community of professionals, it also offers specific benefits for three groups of attendees.

For MySQL professionals in Europe, the conference is the best opportunity to connect with customers, partners, and other stakeholders in the MySQL ecosystem. Because most of our day-to-day contact may be online, the conference can be a great opportunity to meet face-to-face, nurture relationships, and explore the possibility of future collaboration.

For MySQL Community members, the conference is a terrific way to reignite their passion for the technology. After every Percona Live conference I feel extremely lucky to be part of such a smart, innovative Community, and it always leaves me excited about the future. The conference is also a potential way to be discovered by professionals and perhaps create new career opportunities. Sharing tools and technologies with peers is also a very practical way to get direct feedback and learn some new tricks of the trade.

For current and future MySQL users, the conference is a great place to meet the people you work with and even some of the experts whose blog posts and articles you read regularly. It’s a chance to ask questions of some of the most experienced professionals in the industry and compare ideas. But most important, it’s a chance to learn. By listening to people share their challenges and seeing how they resolved them, you can develop new strategies for dealing with similar challenges—you may even be able to get some specific advice for resolving a particularly troubling problem!

MySQL continues to thrive because it is a cost-effective tool to scale web applications and business processes while delivering the innovations organizations need to successfully adapt to business and technology environments that evolve with extraordinary rapidity. As the premier conferences for the European MySQL community, Percona Live London offers MySQL users and their organizations the ability to gain unprecedented levels of insight from some of the most experienced MySQL users in the world. What better way to learn about the tips, tricks, and strategies that can help you stay ahead of the competition—all while having a great time. We hope to see you there!

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