Author: Paul Vallee

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Post_F_G_T_Pythian+Blackbird

Today, we announced that Pythian has entered into an agreement to acquire Blackbird.io, itself the result of a recent merger between PalominoDB and DriveDev. I want to start with a hearty welcome to the 40+ new esteemed collaborators joining our…

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Reliability is Inherently a Property of Systems, Not of People

I’ll be blogging about reliability more in the coming days and weeks, but I’m going to quickly get warmed up with this post, pointing out two worthy reads in the domain of reliability.

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Some Nostalgic Reminiscences in Honor of Pythian’s 15th

In honour of our fifteenth anniversary, I have assembled a few nostalgic items from our earliest years in business.

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Oracle Exalogic

Stay tuned here for Pythian commentary on the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, as soon as it has been announced! So on our way from the Exadata Partner Briefing session to Moscone West, we went down to the tunnels by the keynote halls, and we saw some new branding that we had not yet seen.

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Gearing Up for MySQLConf 2010

I’m looking forward to traveling to San Jose for this year’s MySQL Conference. If there’s anything that can trump the drama of conf two years ago, where we observed how Sun would handle its new property, and then the drama of last year, where we observed how Oracle would handle the pending acquisition, it’s going to be the drama around this one — the first MySQLConf since the Oracle/Sun merger has been finalized and approved.

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My thoughts on Ada Lovelace Day, A candid conversation with Sheeri Cabral

I had an interesting conversation with Sheeri yesterday. She had pointed out that today was Ada Lovelace Day, a day devoted to highlight and thank the many women in the Information Technology industry for their contributions. She suggested that if I wanted to blog about it she would find that appropriate, given what we’ve achieved here at Pythian.

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Pythian at MySQL Conference 2010

Here’s what Pythian is cooking up for MySQL Conference this year.

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Product management, effective developers, and the future of MySQL

Here’s the future of MySQL, Drizzle, Monty Program, the Percona fork, etc. The best product management strategies… should we be lightweight for the web, plug-in oriented like Drizzle? Should we follow Monty’s giant-killing roadmap? Should we focus on performance-oriented patches? The best product management strategies will win. They can’t win alone. Will they be backed by appropriate investments from effective developers? Effective developers are the ones who convert winning product management strategies into working products. You can’t get there without them and I’ve seen lots of great strategies fail that test (including my own actually). And there can be more than one winner.

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OPN Platinum Unboxing

A quick update on the Pythian/Oracle partnership, and what it’s like to be an OPN Platinum partner. So far, it’s been really worthwhile, in under a month from the signing, Oracle has begun sending us amazing quality leads!

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A video tour of Pythian’s new World Headquarters

By popular demand, here is my tour of our new World Headquarters. We moved in today! We’re very proud of it and I’m sure if you check out the video you’ll agree it is pretty Shaktastic. :)

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