I received an overwhelming number of comments when I said I was leaving MariaDB Corporation. Thank you – it is really nice to be appreciated.
I haven’t left the MySQL ecosystem. In fact, I’ve joined Percona as their Chief Evangelist in the CTO Office, and I’m going to focus on the MySQL/Percona Server/MariaDB Server ecosystem, while also looking at MongoDB and other solutions that are good for Percona customers. Thanks again for the overwhelming response on the various social media channels, and via emails, calls, etc.
Here’s to a great time at Percona to focus on open source databases and solutions around them!
My first blog post on the Percona blog – I’m Colin Charles, and I’m here to evangelize open source databases!, the press release.
We had the first MariaDB Berlin Meetup on Tuesday 12.04.2016 at the Wikimedia Berlin offices at 7pm. More or less there were over 54 people that attended the event, a mix of MariaDB Corporation employees and community members. We competed with the entertainment at the AWS Summit Berlin which was apparently about 400m away! Food and drink were enjoyed by all, and most importantly there were many, many lightning talks (minimum 5 minutes, maximum 10 minutes – most were about 6-7 minutes long).
The bonus of all of this? Lots and lots of slides for you to see. Grab them from the Google Drive folder MariaDB Berlin meetup April 2016.
- Monty talked about improving the speed of connections to MariaDB Server, some work he’s just pushed fairly recently to the 10.2 tree.
- Dipti spoke about MariaDB ColumnStore and it is now clear we’ll see some source/binary drop by the end of May 2016.
- Sergei Petrunia and Vicentiu Ciorbaru spoke about the upcoming window functions that MariaDB Server 10.2.0 will see (yes, the alpha should be out real soon now).
- Jan spoke about InnoDB in 10.2.
- Lixun Peng spoke about a fairly interesting feature, the idea to flashback via
mysqlbinlog and how you can have a “Time Machine”. I can’t wait for flashback/time machine to appear in 10.2. The demo for this is extremely good.
- Kolbe spoke about data at rest encryption using the MariaDB Amazon AWS KMS plugin.
- Sanja and Georg went up together to speak about 10.2 protocol enhancements as well as what you’ll see in Connector/C 3.0.
- Wlad gave us a good rundown on authenticating with GSSAPI, something you will notice is also available in MariaDB Server 10.1’s later releases.
- Johan Wikman gave us an introduction to MariaDB MaxScale, which started off the talks on MaxScale.
- Markus talked about the readwritesplit plugin.
- Massimiliano went into the Binlog server.
- Martin didn’t use slides but gave us an amazing talk titled “Rival concepts of SQL Proxy”; it was very well given and I’ve encouraged him to write a blog post about it.
- Community member Ben Kochie, an SRE at SoundCloud gave us a quick talk on Monitoring MySQL with Prometheus and how much they depend on the PERFORMANCE_SCHEMA.
- Diego Dupin spoke a little about the MariaDB Java Connector, and the idea was to do a demo but the projector via HDMI seemed to be a bit wonky (this was also true of using my Mac; the VGA output however worked fine). So it was just a quick talk without any deck.
We ended with a quick Q&A session with Monty dominating it. Lots of interesting questions around why the name Maria, licensing thoughts, ensuring all the software we have are in distributions, etc. Some ended up going for pizza while others ended up in a hotel bar at the Crowne Plaza Potsdamer Platz — and the chatter went on till at least 11pm.
Thanks again to Georg Richter who found us the venue and also did a lot of the legwork with Wikimedia Foundation.
The problem with Twitter is that we talk about something and before you know it, people forget. (e.g. does WebScaleSQL have an async client library?) How many blog posts are there about Percona Live Santa Clara 2015? This time (2016), I’m going to endeavour to write more than to just tweet – I want to remember this stuff, and search archives (and also note the changes that happen in this ecosystem). And maybe you do too as well. So look forward to more blogs from Percona Live Data Performance Conference 2016. In the meantime, here’s tweets in chronological order from my Twitter search.
- crowd filling up the keynote room for #perconalive
- beginning shortly, we’ll see @peterzaitsev at #perconalive doing his keynote
- #perconalive has over 1,200 attendees – oracle has 20 folk, with 22 folk from facebook
- #perconalive is going to be in Amsterdam sept 21-22 2015 (not in London this year). And in 2015, April 18-21 2016!
- We have @PeterZaitsev on stage now at #perconalive
- 5 of the 5 top websites are powered by MySQL – an Oracle ad – alexa rankings? http://www.alexa.com/topsites #perconalive
- now we have Harrison Fisk on ployglot persistence at facebook #perconalive
- make it work / make it fast / make it efficient – the facebook hacker way #perconalive
- a lot of FB innovation goes into having large data sizes with short query time response #perconalive
- “small data” to facebook? 10’s of petabytes with <5ms response times. and yes, this all sits in mysql #perconalive
- messages eventually lands in hbase for long term storage for disk #perconalive they like it for LSM
- Harrison introduces @RocksDB to be fast for memory/flash/disk, and its also LSM based. Goto choice for 100’s of services @ FB #perconalive
- Facebook Newsfeed is pulled from RocksDB. 9 billion QPS at peak! #perconalive
- Presto works all in memory on a streaming basis, whereas Hive uses map/reduce. Queries are much faster in Presto #perconalive
- Scuba isn’t opensource – real time analysis tool to debug/understand whats going on @ FB. https://research.facebook.com/publications/456106467831449/scuba-diving-into-data-at-facebook/ … #perconalive
- InnoDB as a read-optimized store and RocksDB as a write-optimized store — so RocksDB as storage engine for MySQL #perconalive
- Presto + MySQL shards is something else FB is focused on – in production @ FB #perconalive
- loving the woz keynote @ #perconalive – wondering if like apple keynotes, we’ll see a “one more thing” after this ;)
- “i’m only a genius at one thing: that’s making people think i’m a genius” — steve wozniak #perconalive
- Happiness = Smiles – Frowns (H=S-F) & Happiness = Food, Fun, Friends (H=F³) Woz’s philosophy on being happy + having fun daily #perconalive
- .@Percona has acquired @Tokutek in a move that provides some consolidation in the MySQL database market and takes..
- MySQL Percona snaps up Tokutek to move onto MongoDB and NoSQL turf http://zd.net/1ct6PEI by @wolpe
- One more thing – congrats @percona @peterzaitsev #perconalive Percona has acquired Tokutek with storage engines for MySQL & MongoDB – @PeterZaitsev #perconalive
- Percona is now a player in the MongoDB space with TokuMX! #perconalive
- The tokumx mongodb logo is a mongoose… #perconalive Percona will continue to support TokuDB/TokuMX to customers + new investments in it
- @Percona “the company driving MySQL today” and “the brains behind MySQL”. New marketing angle? http://www.datanami.com/2015/04/14/mysql-leader-percona-takes-aim-at-mongodb/ …
- We have Steaphan Greene from @facebook talk about @WebScaleSQL at #perconalive
- what is @webscalesql? its a collaboration between Alibaba, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter to hack on mysql #perconalive
- close collaboration with @mariadb @mysql @percona teams on @webscalesql. today? upstream 5.6.24 today #perconalive
- whats new in @WebScaleSQL ? asynchronous mysql client, with support from within HHVM, from FB & LinkedIn #perconalive
- smaller @webscalesql change (w/big difference) – lower innodb buffer pool memory footprint from FB & Google #perconalive
- reduce double-write mode while still preserving safety. query throttling, server side statement timeouts, threadpooling #perconalive
- logical readahead to make full table scans as much as 10x fast. @WebScaleSQL #perconalive
- whats coming to @WebScaleSQL – online innodb defragmentation, DocStore (JSON style document database using mysql) #perconalive
- MySQL & RocksDB coming to @WebScaleSQL thanks to facebook & @MariaDB #perconalive
- So, @webscalesql will skip 5.7 – they will backport interesting features into the 5.6 branch! #perconalive
- likely what will be next to @webscalesql ? will be mysql-5.8, but can’t push major changes upstream. so might not be an option #perconalive
- Why only minor changes from @WebScaleSQL to @MySQL upstream? #perconalive
- Only thing not solved with @webscalesql & upstream @mysql – the Contributor license agreement #perconalive
- All @WebScaleSQL features under Apache CCLA if oracle can accept it. Same with @MariaDB @percona #perconalive
- Steaphan Greene says tell Oracle you want @webscalesql features in @mysql. Pressure in public to use the Apache CLA! #perconalive
- We now have Patrik Sallner CEO from @MariaDB doing the #perconalive keynote ==> 1+1 > 2 (the power of collaboration)
- “contributors make mariadb” – patrik sallner #perconalive
- Patrik Sallner tells the story about the CONNECT storage engine and how the retired Olivier Bertrand writes it #perconalive
- Google contributes table/tablespace encryption to @MariaDB 10.1 #perconalive
- Patrik talks about the threadpool – how #MariaDB made it, #Percona improved it, and all benefit from opensource development #perconalive
- and now we have Tomas Ulin from @mysql @oracle for his #perconalive keynote
- 20 years of MySQL. 10 years of Oracle stewardship of InnoDB. 5 years of Oracle stewardship of @MySQL #perconalive
- Tomas Ulin on the @mysql 5.7 release candidate. It’s gonna be a great release. Congrats Team #MySQL #perconalive
- MySQL 5.7 has new optimizer hint frameworks. New cost based optimiser. Generated (virtual) columns. EXPLAIN for running thread #perconalive
- MySQL 5.7 comes with the query rewrite plugin (pre/post parse). Good for ORMs. “Eliminates many legacy use cases for proxies” #perconalive
- MySQL 5.7 – native JSON datatypes, built-in JSON functions, JSON comparator, indexing of documents using generated columns #perconalive
- InnoDB has native full-text search including full CJK support. Does anyone know how FTS compares to MyISAM in speed? #perconalive
- MySQL 5.7 group replication is unlikely to make it into 5.7 GA. Designed as a plugin #perconalive
- Robert Hodges believes more enterprises will use MySQL thanks to the encryption features (great news for @mariadb) #perconalive
- Domas on FB Messenger powered by MySQL. Goals: response time, reliability, and consistency for mobile messaging #perconalive
- FB Messenger: Iris (in-memory pub-sub service – like a queue with cache semantics). And MySQL as persistence layer #perconalive
- FB focuses on tiered storage: minutes (in memory), days (flash) and longterm (on disks). #perconalive
- Gotta keep I/O devices for 4-5 years, so don’t waste endurance capacity of device (so you don’t write as fast as a benchmark) #perconalive
- Why MySQL+InnoDB? B-Tree: cheap overwrites, I/O has high perf on flash, its also quick and proven @ FB #perconalive
- What did FB face as issues to address with MySQL? Write throughput. Asynchronous replication. and Failover time. #perconalive
- HA at Facebook: <30s failover, <1s switchover, > 99.999% query success rate
- Learning a lot about LSM databases at Facebook from Yoshinori Matsunobu – check out @rocksdb + MyRocks https://github.com/MySQLOnRocksDB/mysql-5.6 …
- The #mysqlawards 2015 winners #PerconaLive
- Percona has a Customer Advisory Board now – Rob Young #perconalive
- craigslist: mysql for active, mongodb for archives. online alter took long. that’s why @mariadb has https://mariadb.com/kb/en/mariadb/progress-reporting/ … #perconalive
- can’t quite believe @percona is using db-engines rankings in a keynote… le sigh #perconalive
- “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs #perconalive
- Percona TokuDB: “only alternative to MySQL + InnoDB” #perconalive
- “Now that we have the rights to TokuDB, we can add all the cool features ontop of Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC)” – Rob Young #perconalive
- New Percona Cloud Tools. Try it out. Helps remote DBA/support too. Wonder what the folk at VividCortex are thinking about now #perconalive
- So @MariaDB isn’t production ready FOSS? I guess 3/6 top sites on Alexa rank must disagree #perconalive
- Enjoying Encrypting MySQL data at Google by @jeremycole & Jonas — you can try this in @mariadb 10.1.4 https://mariadb.com/kb/en/mariadb/mariadb-1014-release-notes/ … #perconalive
- google encryption: mariadb uses the api to have a plugin to store the keys locally; but you really need a key management server #perconalive
- Google encryption: temporary tables during query execution for the Aria storage engine in #MariaDB #perconalive
- find out more about google mysql encryption — https://code.google.com/p/google-mysql/ or just use it at 10.1.4! https://downloads.mariadb.org/mariadb/10.1.4/ #perconalive
- Encrypting MySQL data at Google – Percona Live 2015 #perconalive http://wp.me/p5WPkh-5F
- The @WebScaleSQL goals are still just to provide access to the code, as opposed to supporting it or making releases #perconalive
- There is a reason DocStore & Oracle/MySQL JSON 5.7 – they were designed together. But @WebScaleSQL goes forward with DocStore #perconalive
- So @WebScaleSQL will skip 5.7, and backport things like live resize of the InnoDB buffer pool #perconalive
- How to view @WebScaleSQL? Default GitHub branch is the active one. Ignore -clean branches, just reference for rebase #perconalive
- All info you need should be in the commit messages @WebScaleSQL #perconalive
- Phabricator is what @WebScaleSQL uses as a code review system. All diffs are public, anyone can follow reviews #perconalive
- automated testing with jenkins/phabricator for @WebScaleSQL – run mtr on ever commit, proposed diffs, & every night #perconalive
- There is feature documentation, and its a work in progress for @WebScaleSQL. Tells you where its included, etc. #perconalive
- Checked out the new ANALYZE statement feature in #MariaDB to analyze JOINs? Sergei Petrunia tells all #perconalive https://mariadb.com/kb/en/mariadb/analyze-statement/ …
There are a few upcoming speaking gigs this March 2016:
Two talks in London and one keynote in Singapore, while I will also moderate the database track on the last day of the conference as well. I’ve never been to flossUK before, but the schedule looks very interesting and I’m looking forward to it. FOSSASIA is an event I’ve been going to regularly since it was held in varying places (Vietnam, Cambodia, before finally settling down in Singapore) so this is an always exciting time.
Would happily meet you to talk shop, feel free to drop me an email: colin[at]mariadb.com.
I think one of the big announcements that came out from the Amazon Web Services world in October 2015 was the fact that you could spin up instances of MariaDB Server on it. You would get MariaDB Server 10.0.17. As of this writing, you are still getting that (the MySQL shipping then was 5.6.23, and today you can create a 5.6.27 instance, but there were no .24/.25/.26 releases). I’m hoping that there’s active work going on to make MariaDB Server 10.1 available ASAP on the platform.
Just last week you would have noticed that Amazon has rolled out MySQL 5.7.10. The in-place upgrades are not available yet, so updating is via dump/reload or using read replicas. According to the forums, a lot of people have been wanting to use the JSON functionality.
Are you trying MySQL 5.7 on RDS? How about your usage of MariaDB Server 10.0 on RDS? I’d be interested in feedback either as a comment here, or via email.