MySQL Conference and Expo 2013 feelings (#perconalive)

I wasn’t at the MySQL Conference this year but it was very nice to follow this event from Paris.
Of course I didn’t feel the general atmosphere by visiting booths or met fabulous people.
But it was a great opportunity to offer you a live post about the conference with an external point of view.

Twitter, RSS feeds (yes Google, I still use RSS), Planet MySQL and infiltrators were my best friends during this crazy week.

I would like to summarize the major announcements and events occurs during this tenth edition.
 

Oracle at Percona Live!

 
Yes, Oracle was at Percona Live 2013 and it was for the best.
I invite you to watch this keynote from Tomas Ulin about Oracle’s Investment in MySQL, read this post from Sheeri and this one from Mikael Ronstrom.
Oracle promises a future for MySQL and I’m sure many of you were expecting this signal.

MySQL 5.7 and MySQL Applier for Hadoop were also announced during the conference.
MySQL Applier reveals a promising use case for the binary log API.
You can read this first look of MySQL 5.7 by Stewart Smith.
 

TokuDB and Tungsten Replicator become open source

 
TokuDB is now open source via a community edition! (An enterprise edition remains available)
The MySQL, MariaDB or Percona users can now freely use TokuDB.
And this engine deserves your attention, for more informations : http://www.tokutek.com/2013/04/announcing-tokudb-v7-open-source-and-more/

Tungsten Replicator is now 100% open source. You no longer have excuses to not use this tool.
Continuent was corporate contributor of the year through the MySQL community awards 2013.
 

SkySQL + MariaDB = Love (the community)

 
The next generation of open source database company was born, SkySQL merges with MariaDB Developers. This merge doesn’t affect the MariaDB Foundation, MariaDB will survive!
In the same time Wikipedia adopts MariaDB and shares his experience with the community.

Honestly, I’ve never really understand why SkySQL and MariaDB was two separate companies because the SkySQL’s message was confused.
From now, you can’t be surprised that SkySQL highlights MariaDB and it’s a good point because MariaDB is a great product.
This may affect the independence of SkySQL on MariaDB competitors but I’m convinced that people behind SkySQL could surprise you.

And the new SkySQL/MariaDB becomes a strong alternative to Oracle.
The ping pong between Oracle and MariaDB on their respective resources affected to MySQL/MariaDB development is also quite funny and interesting.

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However, I think that MariaDB should stop criticizing Oracle and should focus and communicate more on its own features.
This kind of message is a perfect exemple of counterproductive communication :
(I know this comes from zdnet but reflects what MariaDB proclaims usually)

MariaDB deserves better, but this is only my opinion.
 

In the meantime…

 
.. you can pin on a map where you come from.
HP, Amazon, Continuent and Percona talks about the impact of MySQL and its future in the cloud.
– Brian Aker (HPCloud) asked Simone Brunozzi (AWS) : what is the engine of DynamoDB?
– Simone : we don’t disclose
– Brian : it’s MySQL!

Peter Zaitsev evokes the JaSON generation of developers.

LeapMotion announce a new shipping date, you will have to wait another 3 months.

Incredible small data stats from Facebook, again…

“the best answer of 99.9% database optimization questions is ‘it depends'”, really?

Some amazing pictures of a rather unusual booth appear on my twitter timeline.
And this post from Sheeri caught my attention, the comments too.
I believe that if someone is uncomfortable in a conference such as perconalive, there is a problem… (even if this affects only one person)
 

Slides and what’s next?

 
Slides from the conference are now available.
You can find these slides and much more on [Plus].
Next steps will be MySQL Connect 2013 and Percona Live London 2013 (hope to see you there)

Continue to follow me on Twitter or Facebook for the latest news about the MySQL Community.

And don’t forget to have fun…

[Plus] readers choice 2012 : Final results

It’s time to unveil the winners of the [Plus] readers choice awards!
Thank you again for your votes, remember that the real winner was the community, again.

I asked you to vote for what you used in 2012 and you’ve voted with your heart.
Here are the final results, congrats to the lucky guys and teams :

The most useful blogs in 2012 :

  1. MySQL Performance Blog
  2. The MariaDB Blog
  3. SkySQL Blog

Ok, the Percona team members provides the best technical blog about MySQL (and more), this year again. Of course, this blog is very useful and interesting, I recommend to read the comments too, they are often very informative.
There is a lot of work behind this blog, so, its popularity is deserved.

But wait, I’m sure these 3 teams (Percona + MariaDB + SkySQL) represents 80% of the whole MySQL DBAs around the world.
So, let me congratulate independent bloggers for their active involvement and for their sincerity.

The most useful forum in 2012 :

  1. Stackoverflow.com
  2. Twitter.com
  3. Forums.mysql.com

I really like stackoverflow, not only for my MySQL issues, activity on these forums is impressive!
And I’m not surprised to see Twitter in second position, I’ve already written about how I use Twitter.
My advice about Twitter : choose your friends sparingly (if you would read all the tweets that you receive every day)

best MySQL event in 2012 :

  1. MySQL Conference & Expo
  2. Percona Live London
  3. FOSDEM

I attended the last two editions of Percona Live at London and these events were incredibly good.
I assume that the MySQL Conference was really interesting but too far for poor European guys…

I was at FOSDEM for the first time this year and it was very exciting. I was very glad to see Percona, MariaDB and Oracle together.
If you’ve never been at FOSDEM, I recommend you to join us next year, this is truly a magical event!

What would you like to test in 2013?

  1. Galera Replication
  2. MySQL 5.6
  3. MariaDB 10 

Galera Replication was popularized by Percona and MariaDB last year.
But the guys from Codership works on this project over many years. This is a very ambitious project that deserves to be tested.
And it has become easier than ever since Galera was packaged by Percona and MariaDB.

MySQL 5.6 is now GA! It’s time to forget your brand new MySQL 5.5 upgrades…

MariaDB is now part of a foundation that ensures the open source nature of MySQL.
Now, you have to make a choice between MySQL 5.6, Percona server 5.6 (not yet released) and MariaDB 10.
However, I’m still a bit skeptical about the ambiguous Monty’s declarations on the compatibility between MariaDB and the future releases of Oracle MySQL.
But it’s only my opinion and don’t undermine the great job provided  by the Monty program team on MariaDB.

Thank you again for your participation, find all the results here.
And I hope to see you in real life this year…

[Plus] readers choice 2012 : It’s time to vote!

Oh yes, 2012 was an incredible year for the MySQL Community!
That’s why I would like to change the rules this year and I would like to offer you a new survey for this [Plus] reader’s choice 2012.

Community users, bloggers and events made the whole community last year, tell us how you used this community?
It will only take 5 minutes of your precious time, votes will be closed Jan. 31.

Vote for what you used! (with your heart, again…)

What was your most useful blogs in 2012? (Two possible answers)

  • MySQL Performance Blog (Percona Team) (57%, 73 Votes)
  • The MariaDB Blog (MariaDB Team) (17%, 22 Votes)
  • SkySQL Blog (SkySQL Team) (13%, 17 Votes)
  • Xaprb Blog (Baron Schwartz) (9%, 12 Votes)
  • The Data Charmer (Giuseppe Maxia) (9%, 11 Votes)
  • Openark Blog (Shlomi Noach) (6%, 7 Votes)
  • The Scale Out Blog (Robert Hodges) (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Domas Mituzas's blog (5%, 6 Votes)
  • OpenLife.cc (Henrik Ingo) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Pythian Blog (Pythian Team) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Yoshinori Matsunobu's blog (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Dba Square (Maciej Dobrzanski & Piotr Biel) (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Johan Andersson's Cluster and HA Blog (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Chris on MySQL (Chris Calender) (3%, 4 Votes)
  • MySQL[Plus] (Cédric Peintre) (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Ulf Wendel's blog (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Hack MySQL (Daniel Nichter) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • MySQL Optimizer Team Blog (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Oracle's MySQL Blog (Oracle Team) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • MySQL Documents by Rick James (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Sergey Petrunia's blog (2%, 2 Votes)
  • LinuxJedi's /dev/null (Andrew Hutchings) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Sheeri Dot Com (Sheeri K. Cabral) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Karlsson on databases and stuff (Anders Karlsson) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • MySQL Fanboy (Mark Grennan) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • varokism (Stéphane Varoqui) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • MySQL Expert (Ronald Bradford) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Roland Bouman's blog (1%, 1 Votes)
  • mySQL DBA (Dathan Pattishall) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Mastering MySQL (Mark Leith) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • sqlhjalp (Keith Larson) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • mysqlboy (Andrew Moore) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Andrew Morgan’s MySQL Cluster Database Blog (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Webyog blog (Webyog Team) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Racker Hacker (Major Hayden) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Todd's MySQL Blog (Todd Farmer) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

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What was your most useful forum in 2012? (or exchange platform)

  • stackoverflow.com (41%, 38 Votes)
  • Twitter (18%, 17 Votes)
  • forums.mysql.com (13%, 12 Votes)
  • dba.stackexchange.com (10%, 9 Votes)
  • Facebook (10%, 9 Votes)
  • LinkedIn Groups (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Yahoo Answers (1%, 1 Votes)
  • dbforums.com/mysql (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Viadeo Groups (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 92

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What was the best MySQL event in 2012?

  • MySQL Conference & Expo (37%, 33 Votes)
  • Percona Live London (30%, 27 Votes)
  • FOSDEM (10%, 9 Votes)
  • Percona Live New York (8%, 7 Votes)
  • MySQL Connect (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Percona Live DC (3%, 3 Votes)
  • MySQL/NoSQL/Cloud Latin America conference (3%, 3 Votes)
  • OSCON (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 89

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What would you like to test in 2013? (Two possible answers)

  • Galera Replication (Percona Cluster or MaraDB Cluster) (49%, 60 Votes)
  • MySQL 5.6 (45%, 55 Votes)
  • MariaDB 10 (35%, 43 Votes)
  • Tungsten Replicator (13%, 16 Votes)
  • MySQL 5.5 (Oracle, Percona or MariaDB) (11%, 14 Votes)
  • NoSQL/NewSQL databases (8%, 10 Votes)
  • iPhone 6 (3%, 4 Votes)
  • NDB Cluster (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Other (Leave a comment) (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 123

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Have fun in 2013!

Vote for MySQL[plus] awards 2011 !

First of all, I wish you a happy new year.
Many things happened last year, it was really exciting to be involved in the MySQL ecosystem.
I hope this enthusiasm will be increased this year, up to you !

To start the year, I propose the MySQL[plus] Awards 2011
It will only take 5 minutes to fill out these polls.
Answer with your heart first and then with your experience with some of these tools or services.

Polls will be closed January 31, so, vote now !
For “other” answers, please,  let me a comment with details.

Don’t hesitate to submit proposal for tools or services in the comments.
And, please, share these polls !

 

Best MySQL GUI client Tool

  • SQLyog (47%, 85 Votes)
  • MySQL Workbench (20%, 36 Votes)
  • HeidiSQL (8%, 14 Votes)
  • Navicat for MySQL (7%, 12 Votes)
  • MySQL Administrator / Query browser (6%, 10 Votes)
  • Other (5%, 9 Votes)
  • phpMyAdmin (4%, 8 Votes)
  • SQLWave (1%, 1 Votes)
  • SIDU DB Web GUI (1%, 1 Votes)
  • EMS SQL Manager for MySQL (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Sequel Pro (1%, 1 Votes)
  • sqldeveloper (1%, 1 Votes)
  • dbForge Studio (1%, 1 Votes)
  • MyQuery (1%, 1 Votes)
  • DBTools Manager (0%, 0 Votes)
  • SQL Maestro MySQL Tools (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Toad for MySQL (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 181

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Best MySQL Monitoring Tool

  • MONyog (35%, 135 Votes)
  • MySQL Enterprise Monitor (29%, 113 Votes)
  • Nagios (13%, 52 Votes)
  • Cacti (10%, 38 Votes)
  • Other (6%, 25 Votes)
  • Zabbix (5%, 19 Votes)
  • Ganglia (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 386

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Best MySQL Backup Tool (two possible answers)

  • Xtrabackup (46%, 151 Votes)
  • mysqldump (29%, 94 Votes)
  • MySQL Enterprise Backup (28%, 91 Votes)
  • mydumper (9%, 30 Votes)
  • LVM Backup (FS snapshot) (6%, 19 Votes)
  • mylvmbackup (5%, 17 Votes)
  • ZRM Enterprise (5%, 15 Votes)
  • ZRM Community (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Other (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Cold backup (2%, 6 Votes)
  • r1soft CDP for MySQL (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 329

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Best MySQL Replication/Cluster Tools (two possible answers)

  • MySQL Replication (37%, 183 Votes)
  • Tungsten Replicator (21%, 105 Votes)
  • MySQL NDB Cluster (17%, 83 Votes)
  • ShoonerSQL (16%, 76 Votes)
  • Galera Replication (13%, 66 Votes)
  • DRBD (9%, 45 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 11 Votes)
  • ScaleDB (2%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 490

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Best MySQL community Tool

  • Percona toolkit (37%, 117 Votes)
  • MySQL Sandbox (28%, 89 Votes)
  • MHA for MySQL (mysql-master-ha) (14%, 45 Votes)
  • Other (6%, 18 Votes)
  • Xtrabackup Manager (5%, 15 Votes)
  • mysqltuner (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Innotop (3%, 10 Votes)
  • mycheckpoint (2%, 5 Votes)
  • openark kit (1%, 3 Votes)
  • MMM (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Common schema (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 318

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Best MySQL Support Service

  • SkySQL (38%, 130 Votes)
  • Percona (28%, 96 Votes)
  • Oracle (26%, 90 Votes)
  • Other (4%, 15 Votes)
  • FromDual (3%, 9 Votes)
  • Pythian (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Blue Gecko (0%, 1 Votes)
  • PalominoDB (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 345

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Best MySQL based distribution

  • Oracle MySQL (36%, 122 Votes)
  • MariaDB (33%, 114 Votes)
  • Percona server (27%, 91 Votes)
  • Drizzle (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Other (1%, 4 Votes)
  • TokuDB (0%, 0 Votes)
  • InfiniDB (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 342

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Best NoSQL solution (two possible answers)

  • Memcached (46%, 120 Votes)
  • Hadoop / HBase (28%, 72 Votes)
  • MongoDB (25%, 65 Votes)
  • Cassandra (10%, 27 Votes)
  • Other (10%, 27 Votes)
  • HandlerSocket (9%, 24 Votes)
  • CouchDB (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Redis (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Tarantool (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Riak (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Amazon SimpleDB (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Tokyo Cabinet / Tyrant (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 259

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Best MySQL 5.6 improvement

  • Performances (27%, 77 Votes)
  • Replication (26%, 74 Votes)
  • Fulltext (16%, 47 Votes)
  • memcached API (13%, 36 Votes)
  • Backup/Restore buffer pool (8%, 22 Votes)
  • Partitioning (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Other (4%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 285

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Happy 2012 !
Cédric

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