Happy New Year from Pythian Australia!

Dec 30, 2008 / By Alex Gorbachev

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Hello everyone! Before I move to the seasonal greetings, let me share some exciting news.

2008 was quite remarkable for Pythian and, in addition to our ongoing success and growth, we established Pythian Europe back in May. To top it off, we have now laid the foundation for Pythian East Asia Pacific.

Pythian Australia Pty Ltd was incorporated and started official operations in Australia this month, taking over service delivery for the region. We have a few local clients and already signed some new ones, so this is quite an exciting beginning.

Today, there are three of us working in Sydney office:

Pythian Australia - the first three

A little bit of history. Pythian has operated in Australia for almost three years by now (well, longer than I’ve been with Pythian ) and Paul Moen (on the left) was the very first Pythian DBA in Sydney. Andrey Goryunov (in the middle) has been with us for more than a year. Finally, four months ago I joined the Pythian Aussie DBAs here in Sydney but in a different role—heading the development of Pythian services in the East Asia Pacific region.

My days now are very different and I’ve got quite a few new responsibilities (and headaches), but it’s lots of fun and and very interesting. Needless to say, it’s been keeping me very busy—my excuse for having only a couple posts per month on average. At the same time, my family has needed a lot of attention as we were settling down. But that’s largely completed now.

Having said all that, it’s now time to wish you belated Happy Holidays—and Happy New Year, too. I hope 2008 was a great year for you all as it was for us here at Pythian, and I wish that 2009 continues that tradition. In particular, I wish your tablespaces don’t fill up and your wait events are short. I hope you won’t hit any deadlocks, and that you get licenses to use Diagnostic Pack on all your Oracle databases. I wish that, in the year 2009, you can migrate most of your Oracle databases to 11g in 2009, MySQL—to 5.1 and . . .  upgrade your SQL Server to version 2008 (why is Microsoft always behind?). Finally, let me wish that your backups are always recoverable, your down time is minimal, and that you don’t loose lose any data in 2009.

In other words, the toast is: “to high-quality data!”

I doubt many of you have had the chance this season to go fishing from the rocks as I did, but I hope that you have found other ways to have some holiday fun.

Fishing Mona Vale

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