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The Pythian-Sun/MySQL Partnership

MySQL Platinum Enterprise Support for MySQL is now bundled with every Pythian support contract. As a partner at the Platinum-level Pythian receives the level of support that meshes with the elite and ultra-responsive level of enterprise infrastructure management that has been our tradition for over ten years.

Database Platform Migration — Webinar in Australia

I’m excited to announce that Paul Vallée, Pythian Founder and Executive Chairman, will be on-the-air online this week with a free webinar — Database Platform Migration: when is it strategically appropriate to migrate existing applications to an open-source platform? It’s based on our 10+ years experience supporting proprietary databases, such as Oracle and SQL Server, and open-source MySQL databases on the other hand and what we learned on the numerous migrations.

Can Pythian help Vodafone Australia?

I can’t stand this anymore so here it goes…We have just hired one more DBA in our Sydney office (welcome Andre!) and we need a new mobile phone. We were trying to contact Vodafone representatives multiple times today starting early morning but they keep saying that their system is down and they cannot subscribe us to anything or validate our previous requests. They also confirmed that they lost many customers today — well, most of today’s new customers for sure and pissed of quite a few existing clients.

Pythian adds another Certified MySQL Cluster DBA

The Pythian Group added another feather to its cap today. Our Nicklas Westerlund passed his MySQL Cluster DBA Certification exam, making him part of an elite group of 57 MySQL Cluster Certified DBAs worldwide, and now two here at Pythian, the other being Augusto Bott.

Happy New Year from Pythian Australia!

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.

Pythian and Open Query Sponsor OSDC 2008 in Sydney

We decided to join forces with Open Query in sponsoring the Open Source Developer’s Conference 2008 in Sydney that has just started. Here is Arjen’s blog post about it – you can find the details of his presentations there. What’s Pythian has to do with open source? If you read this blog you already know that quite a few MySQL community leaders and active contributors are working at Pythian and I’m very proud to have such colleagues. You might also know that Pythian’s John Scoles maintains DBD::Oracle Perl package and that MySQL Monitoring Plug-in for Oracle Grid Control written by your humble servant.

Pythian Penal Colony: Inmate #8777984426

Long story short — I’m moving to Australia. My flight from Ottawa leaves in three hours and I’m all packed and ready to go. Today we had a kiss-goodbye lunch at here at the Pythian office in Ottawa, and I was presented my new role Down Under. Hmm . . . to be honest, I expected it to be somewhat different….

Outsourcing vs. Offshoring

I tripped over an old oracle-l exchange (not that old, from March of this year) and I thought it would make good content for a blog post on the critical difference between outsourcing and offshoring. It started when Ethan Post posted a link to this fascinating story at the Ludwig von Mises Institute about how the U.S. dollar’s collapse affects the outsourcing industry. As many of these posts do, the idea of outsourcing gets conflated with that of offshoring. What the author really means to say is that the “downward dollar delivers a blow to offshoring”, not outsourcing. Let me explain further. I am now cribbing shamelessly from my oracle-l post and so if you read this already this spring, my apologies.

Announcement: The Pythian Group and Open Query: Partners

I’d like to share some great news — The Pythian Group and Open Query have become partners! Open Query is a leading provider of high-quality MySQL, PostgreSQL and related training in Australia and New Zealand. They offer consulting services too, and are also known for their MySQL Graph Storage Engine. Feel free to browse through Open Query web-site for more info.

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