5 Days Left – Vote for Pythian Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 on Oracle Mix

Summer’s here, and that means it’s time to start thinking about Oracle OpenWorld 2011. Pythian’s plans are well underway. We have been busily planning since March, have submitted a number of abstracts on all sorts of topics: Exadata, ASM, GoldenGate, ADR, ASM, many based on real world experiences with Pythian clients. Some have been accepted, but we’re hoping for a few more and we’re asking Pythian fans to vote for our sessions on Oracle Mix.

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s down to Asheville we go

Thanks to Pythian’s philosophy of keeping their employees on the bleeding edge of technology, at the end of this month I’ll be crossing the American borders to join the YAPC::NA festivities. Am I thrilled? Ooooh heck yeah, I sure am. I looked at the list of talks and divided them into two groups, talks I want to see, and talks I really, want to see. Here is what my own personal schedule tentatively looks like:

PalominoDB Nagios Plugin for MySQL

This post has sample configurations, and an update, to the Nagios plugin called that PalominoDB has developed.  Presentation slides, the presentation video, the whitepaper and the download link to the actual Nagios check are always up-to-date at There has been exciting news for the Nagios plugin PalominoDB developed for MySQL — we now have…

SkySQL Reference Architecture and What’s New in MySQL 5.5 videos

If you missed Percona Live yesterday, you missed an awesome 1-day conference.  However, to solace you, here are a few videos from Open Database Camp: SkySQL Reference Architecture – by Kaj Arnö of SkySQL What’s New in MySQL 5.5 – by Giuseppe Maxia of Continuent – slides Enjoy, and look forward to more information from Percona Live…

Running MySQL on SSDs and Databases: The Legal Layer

The weekly MySQL podcast, conferences, plus my regular day job here at PalominoDB have kept me quite busy in the past few months.  However, for those that missedOpenDBCamp in Sardinia, I have good news:  I will be uploading videos from OpenDBCamp in the next few weeks.  I will be highlighting what I think are the…

MySQL at Collaborate: Bittersweet Success

As the MySQL track coordinator for Collaborate and having attended and spoken at the O’Reilly MySQL conference in previous years, I have my own feedback about this year’s Collaborate.  This post goes through why I planned the track the way I did, what really happened, and my recommendations for the future. The summary comes down…

Exadata SIG, London April 18th

My presentation was on an Oracle Exadata implementation that we carried out and that I support on an ongoing basis. The presentation went well and everyone seemed to enjoy it, there were plenty of questions afterwards. We even managed to start a room discussion on columnar compression. The last presentation of the day was from Stewart Bryson on Agile DW with Exadata and OBIEE. All in all, an excellent day which was well run by UKOUG.

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