Friday Aug 24, 2012

Interview with Lenz Grimmer about MySQL Connect

Keith Larson: Thank you for allowing me to do this interview with you.  I have been talking with a few different Oracle ACEs   about the MySQL Connect Conference. I figured the MySQL community might be missing you as well. You have been very busy with Oracle Linux but I know you still have an eye on the MySQL Community. How have things been?

Lenz Grimmer: Thanks for including me in this series of interviews, I feel honored! I've read the other interviews, and really liked them. I still try to follow what's going on over in the MySQL community and it's good to see that many of the familiar faces are still around. Over the course of the 9 years that I was involved with MySQL, many colleagues and contacts turned into good friends and we still maintain close relationships.

It's been almost 1.5 years ago that I moved into my new role here in the Linux team at Oracle, and I really enjoy working on a Linux distribution again (I worked for SUSE before I joined MySQL AB in 2002). I'm still learning a lot - Linux in the data center has greatly evolved in so many ways and there are a lot of new and exciting technologies to explore.


Keith Larson: What were your thoughts when you heard that Oracle was going to deliver the MySQL Connect conference to the MySQL Community?

Lenz Grimmer: I think it's testament to the fact that Oracle deeply cares about MySQL, despite what many skeptics may say. What started as "MySQL Sunday" two years ago has now evolved into a full-blown sub-conference, with 80 sessions at one of the largest corporate IT events in the world. I find this quite telling, not many products at Oracle enjoy this level of exposure! So it certainly makes me feel proud to see how far MySQL has come.


Keith Larson: Have you had a chance to look over the sessions? What are your thoughts on them?

Lenz Grimmer: I did indeed look at the final schedule.The content committee did a great job with selecting these sessions. I'm glad to see that the content selection was influenced by involving well-known and respected members of the MySQL community. The sessions cover a broad range of topics and technologies, both covering established topics as well as recent developments.

Keith Larson: When you get a chance, what sessions do you plan on attending?

Lenz Grimmer: I will actually be manning the Oracle booth in the exhibition area on one of these days, so I'm not sure if I'll have a lot of time attending sessions. But if I do, I'd love to see the keynotes and catch some of the sessions that talk about recent developments and new features in MySQL, High Availability and Clustering . Quite a lot has happened and it's hard to keep up with this constant flow of new MySQL releases.

In particular, the following sessions caught my attention:


Keith Larson: So I will ask you just like I have asked the others I have interviewed, any tips that you would give to people for handling the long hours at conferences?

Lenz Grimmer: Wear comfortable shoes and make sure to drink a lot! Also prepare a plan of the sessions you would like to attend beforehand and familiarize yourself with the venue, so you can get to the next talk in time without scrambling to find the location. The good thing about piggybacking on such a large conference like Oracle OpenWorld is that you benefit from the whole infrastructure. For example, there is a nice schedule builder that helps you to keep track of your sessions of interest. Other than that, bring enough business cards and talk to people, build up your network among your peers and other MySQL professionals!

Keith Larson: What features of the MySQL 5.6 release do you look forward to the most ?

Lenz Grimmer: There has been solid progress in so many areas like the InnoDB Storage Engine, the Optimizer, Replication or Performance Schema, it's hard for me to really highlight anything in particular. All in all, MySQL 5.6 sounds like a very promising release. I'm confident it will follow the tradition that Oracle already established with MySQL 5.5, which received a lot of praise even from very critical members of the MySQL community. If I had to name a single feature, I'm particularly and personally happy that the precise GIS functions have finally made it into a GA release - that was long overdue.

Keith Larson:  In your opinion what is the best reason for someone to attend this event?

Lenz Grimmer: This conference is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the key people in the MySQL community and ecosystem and to get facts and information from the domain experts and developers that work on MySQL. The broad range of topics should attract people from a variety of roles and relations to MySQL, beginning with Developers and DBAs, to CIOs considering MySQL as a viable solution for their requirements.

Keith Larson: You will be attending MySQL Connect and have some Oracle Linux Demos, do you see a growing demand for MySQL on Oracle Linux ?

Lenz Grimmer: Yes! Oracle Linux is our recommended Linux distribution and we have a good relationship to the MySQL engineering group. They use Oracle Linux as a base Linux platform for development and QA, so we make sure that MySQL and Oracle Linux are well tested together. Setting up a MySQL server on Oracle Linux can be done very quickly, and many customers recognize the benefits of using them both in combination.

Because Oracle Linux is available for free (including free bug fixes and errata), it's an ideal choice for running MySQL in your data center. You can run the same Linux distribution on both your development/staging systems as well as on the production machines, you decide which of these should be covered by a support subscription and at which level of support. This gives you flexibility and provides some really attractive cost-saving opportunities.

Keith Larson: Since I am a Linux user and fan, what is on the horizon for  Oracle Linux?

Lenz Grimmer: We're working hard on broadening the ecosystem around Oracle Linux, building up partnerships with ISVs and IHVs to certify Oracle Linux as a fully supported platform for their products. We also continue to collaborate closely with the Linux kernel community on various projects, to make sure that Linux scales and performs well on large systems and meets the demands of today's data centers. These improvements and enhancements will then rolled into the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, which is the key ingredient that sets Oracle Linux apart from other distributions. We also have a number of ongoing projects which are making good progress, and I'm sure you'll hear more about this at the upcoming OpenWorld conference :)

Keith Larson: What is something that more people should be aware of when it comes to Oracle Linux and MySQL ?

Lenz Grimmer: Many people assume that Oracle Linux is just tuned for Oracle products, such as the Oracle Database or our Engineered Systems. While it's of course true that we do a lot of testing and optimization for these workloads, Oracle Linux is and will remain a general-purpose Linux distribution that is a very good foundation for setting up a LAMP-Stack, for example. We also provide MySQL RPM packages for Oracle Linux, so you can easily stay up to date if you need something newer than what's included in the stock distribution.

One more thing that is really unique to Oracle Linux is Ksplice, which allows you to apply security patches to the running Linux kernel, without having to reboot. This ensures that your MySQL database server keeps up and running and is not affected by any downtime.

Keith Larson: What else would you like to add ?

Lenz Grimmer: Thanks again for getting in touch with me, I appreciated the opportunity. I'm looking forward to MySQL Connect and Oracle OpenWorld and to meet you and many other people from the MySQL community that I haven't seen for quite some time!

Keith Larson:  Thank you Lenz!


Friday Aug 10, 2012

Interview with Giuseppe Maxia "the datacharmer" about MySQL Connect

Keith Larson: Thank you for allowing me to do this interview with you. What have you and Continuent been up to lately?

Giuseppe Maxia:  Hi Keith. It's my pleasure.  I (and the whole team at Continuent) have been quite busy releasing version 1.5.1 of our flagship clustering and HA product, Tungsten Enterprise. Apart from the pleasure of the growing business that makes us all very happy, we enjoy the rare geeky joy of working at a product at the highest levels of innovation and technical effectiveness.


 I am also happy, at a personal level, because my current job keeps me in touch with the MySQL community. The products that we develop, both the open source and the commercial solutions, depend heavily on the ubiquity of MySQL. When I dedicate some time to the MySQL community, I am doing at the same time something that I like and that is ultimately beneficial for my company's business. For this reason, my company has no objections to my work in open source projects that I started long ago, such as MySQL Sandbox.

Keith Larson: MySQL Sandbox is great, thank you for that!

Giuseppe Maxia:You're welcome! This one of the many MySQL related open projects that are maintained by community members. The MySQL world is a better place thanks to this distributed effort.

Keith Larson: What were your thoughts when you heard that Oracle was going to provide the community the MySQL Conference ?

Giuseppe Maxia: I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I was happy that Oracle has dedicated more attention to the MySQL community, by creating this event. On the other hand, I was a bit taken aback, because the decision to organize MySQL Connect came at the same time when Oracle made it known that it was not sending anyone to the April conference in Santa Clara. I understand very well the reasoning. That conference is organized by a competitor, and Oracle didn't want to help a competing business. However, there were more than one thousand MySQL users at that event, and many of them would have been quite pleased to meet and listen to Oracle engineers.

I also understand that Oracle wants to give the MySQL community a proper home within its conference infrastructure. All in all, I consider MySQL Connect a positive step in the right direction. I hope and expect that MySQL Connect will grow in next editions, and that Oracle will offer an event that matches the scope of MySQL conferences that we are used to in the past.


Keith Larson: Since you are part of the content committee, what did you think of the submissions that were received during call for papers?

Giuseppe Maxia:  Reviewing the submissions for this event was a difficult task. We had to limit the entries to the allotted number of sessions (56), and thus we had to leave out many proposals that would have been quite nice to have in a conference. The level of the proposals was quite high. In my initial screening, I found about 90 sessions that I wanted to get in, and the hard was to cut off the ones over the quota.

Keith Larson: What sessions do you look forwarding to attending?

Giuseppe Maxia: Surely I will attend most of the sessions where Oracle engineers explain the latest features and improvements of MySQL products. I will also attend sessions by other professionals who talk about my fields of interest, namely replication, high availability, performance, cloud integration.

Keith Larson: How do you feel the MySQL Community has changed in the recent years ? Do you feel it is different outside of the United States?


Giuseppe Maxia: The MySQL community has grown. In several directions. The community has followed many leads. There were some prophets of doom that announced the death of MySQL. They gathered credit because sometimes the ones who shout louder get more followers, regardless of their merits.
 There were more people, including several Oracle competitors, who believed that Oracle doesn't have any interest in killing MySQL, and instead it will be better off keeping MySQL alive and thriving. Which is what Oracle has been doing in the last few years, quite effectively so! The way I see it, the MySQL community is getting the message that MySQL is improving under Oracle stewardship, and concentrating on practicalities rather than philosophical diatribes.


 The places where the masses are less inclined to being practical and keep pursuing forks and changes for the sake of it are in the associated communities, those that depend in some extent by MySQL, or where MySQL is an important component, like content management projects, Linux distros, language infrastructures. I often see discussions that say "we should abandon MySQL and use instead a fork, because Oracle can't be depended upon for keeping the project alive." There is no amount of reasoning that can be injected in discussion that start by denying the current evidence, so I know that the community will keep this state of fluidity for a while.
 I haven't attended many events in Europe this year, so my feelings are based on what I see online. I feel that the community in the US is being more empirical than in Europe.


 My personal stand is that as long as Oracle keeps the work on MySQL to the current level, there is no need to worry for the open source community about the fate of MySQL.

Keith Larson: What features of MySQL 5.6 do you look forward to the most ?

Giuseppe Maxia: The improvement on the binary logging API and replication are among the most interesting ones. There are the obvious advances in performance, which everyone should expect from a new MySQL release. I have tested MySQL 5.6 replication features quite a lot. At the time of my testing (in April), there were some gaps in the integration between the main features. I hope such gaps will be filled in the final release.

Keith Larson: Would you consider the MySQL 5.6 release a major/big step forward in terms of Replication ?

Giuseppe Maxia: MySQL 5.6 is certainly a big step forward. I am cautious about its final outcome, as I have mentioned above, since I wait to see if the new features will become better integrated among them and with the rest of the server. There are great features, but you surely know that MySQL has historically had integration problems with new code, which sometimes resulted in the so-called "half-baked features."  I am not saying that this is the case with 5.6, but my first tests show that some features do not play well with the others in the same release. To give you an example: we have Global Transaction ID (GTID) and multi-thread slaves. If you enable GTID, the multi thread slaves still keep track of their work using binary log file names and position. This is the status for 5.6.5. I don't know if it has already been addressed.

Keith Larson:You attend a lot of conferences. What would you recommend for people who attend this conference.

Giuseppe Maxia: There are two main benefits by attending this kind of conferences: the first and most obvious is what you get by attending well selected sessions. The second, and sometimes more productive benefit is given by meeting other people who share your interests, and exchanging views with them. I would say that I have learned as much during social events and corridor chats as at the sessions themselves. The greatest benefit of this conference is the chance of talking with the people who work at the products that we use on a daily basis, and give them feedback about our experience.

Keith Larson: Since your often speaker at conference, what would you consider the ideal audience? What do you want or prefer from them?

Giuseppe Maxia: I am a geek. As such, I love talking to technically oriented users. It's very rewarding when you can address an advanced audience about demanding topics. But I also like explaining things to beginners. I remember my learning curve when I was a rookie, and I try to give my audience what I would have liked to get when I was in their position. So, while my ideal audience is a crowd of hackers, I feel perfectly at home talking to a roomful of motivated beginners.
 What I would like from my audience is to be inquisitive, and not to take anything for granted. When I talk at a conference, I often learn something new from the audience questions. For this reason, I encourage questions at any time during my presentations, unless the time is really short.

Keith Larson: So any tips you would give to people for handling the long hours at conferences?

Giuseppe Maxia: The first thing to do is getting organized by knowing what sessions you want to attend. Once you prioritize what you can't possibly miss, you can start organizing the rest of the time. There is no obligation to attend a session if there is nothing that appeals to you in a give slot. No need to feel guilty if you skip one slot to do something else, like visiting the expo hall or meeting friends. However, you should get organized, so you won't waste time.
 It's quite effective using Twitter with appropriate hashtags before and during the conference, to find people you know and to meet new ones with the same interests. Reading blogs and forums in the weeks before the conference will give you most of the ideas. For the ones who didn't do their homework, hanging around the MySQL community booth can give you useful information about who's there, what's going on, and what you can do productively in the next 50 minutes.

Keith Larson: What would you consider to be the top argument to persuade a boss to allow you to attend MySQL Connect?

Giuseppe Maxia:  It's the conference where we meet the creators of MySQL. If this is the main tool for our company, that's the place where we need to go to get first hand information. Besides, San Francisco is a great place!

Keith Larson: Anything else you want to add...

Giuseppe Maxia:  I am glad that Oracle is keeping the doors open for the MySQL community. My personal opinion is that it can open way more than that, and I hope that such further opening will happen in the time being. As an Oracle ACE Director, I feel it's my duty to smooth the path in that direction, by advising Oracle on what the community expects, and by giving objective and useful information to my fellow community members.
 I wish to see a 4 days MySQL event next year!

Wednesday Jun 27, 2012

Interview with Ronald Bradford about MySQL Connect

Ronald Bradford,  an Oracle ACE Director has been busy working with  database consulting, book writing (EffectiveMySQL) while traveling and speaking around the world in support of MySQL. I was able to take some of his time to get an interview on this thoughts about theMySQL Connect conference.

Keith Larson: What where your thoughts when you heard that Oracle was going to provide the community the MySQL Conference ?

Ronald Bradford: Oracle has already been providing various different local community events including OTN Tech Days and  MySQL community days. These are great for local regions both in the US and abroad.  In previous years there has been an increase of content at Oracle Open World, however that benefits the Oracle community far more then the MySQL community.  It is good to see that Oracle is realizing the benefit in providing a large scale dedicated event for the MySQL community that includes speakers from the MySQL development teams, invested companies in the ecosystem and other community evangelists.

I fully expect a successful event and look forward to hopefully seeing MySQL Connect at the upcoming Brazil and Japan OOW conferences and perhaps an event on the East Coast.

Keith Larson: Since you are part of the content committee, what did you think of the submissions that were received during call for papers?

Ronald Bradford: There was a large number of quality submissions to the number of available presentation sessions. As with the previous years as a committee member for the annual MySQL conference, there is always a large variety of common cornerstone MySQL features as well as new products and upcoming companies sharing their MySQL experiences.

All of the usual major players in the ecosystem will in presenting at MySQL Connect including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Continuent, Percona, Tokutek, Sphinx and Amazon to name a few.  This is ensuring the event will have a large number of quality speakers and a difficult time in choosing what to attend.

Keith Larson: What sessions do you look forwarding to attending?

Ronald Bradford: As with most quality conferences you can only be in one place at one time, so with multiple tracks per session it is always difficult to decide. The continued work and success with MySQL Cluster, and with a number of sessions I am sure will be popular. The features that interest me the most are around the optimizer, where there are several sessions on new features, and on the importance of backups. There are three presentations in this area to choose from.

Keith Larson: Are you going to cover any of the content in your books at your MySQL Connect sessions?

Ronald Bradford: I will be giving two presentations at MySQL Connect. The first will include the techniques available for creating better indexes where I will be touching on some aspects of the first Effective MySQL book on Optimizing SQL Statements.  In my second presentation from experiences of managing 500+ AWS MySQL instances, I will be touching on areas including SQL tuning, backup and recovery and scale out with replication.   These are the key topics of the initial books in the Effective MySQL series that focus on performance, scalability and business continuity.  The books however cover a far greater amount of detail then can be presented in a 1 hour session.

Keith Larson: What features of MySQL 5.6 do you look forward to the most ?

Ronald Bradford: I am very impressed with the optimizer trace feature. The ability to see exposed information is invaluable not just for MySQL 5.6, but to also apply information discerned for optimizing SQL statements in earlier versions of MySQL.  Not everybody understands that it is easy to deploy a MySQL 5.6 slave into an existing topology running an older version if MySQL for evaluation of many new features.  You can use the new mysqlbinlog streaming feature for duplicating master binary logs on an older version with a MySQL 5.6 slave.  The improvements in instrumentation in the Performance Schema are exciting.   However, as with my upcoming Replication Techniques in Depth title, that will be available for sale at MySQL Connect, there are numerous replication features, some long overdue with provide significant management benefits. Crash Save Slaves, Global transaction Identifiers (GTID)  and checksums just to mention a few.

Keith Larson: You have been to numerous conferences, what would you recommend for people at the conference?

Ronald Bradford: Make the time to meet and introduce yourself to the speakers that cover the topics that most interest you. The MySQL ecosystem has a very strong community.  The relationships you build with presenters, developers and architects in MySQL can be invaluable, however they are created over time. Get to know these people, interact with them over time.  This is the opportunity to learn more then just the content from a 1 hour session.

Keith Larson: Any additional tips to handling the long hours ?

Ronald Bradford: Conferences can be hard, especially with all the post event drinking.  This is a two day event and I am sure will include additional events on Friday and Saturday night so come well prepared, and leave work behind. Take the time to learn something new.   You can always catchup on sleep later.

Keith Larson: Thank you so much for taking some time to do this I look forward to seeing you at the MySQL Connect conference.

 Please stay tuned here for more updates on MySQL. 


Tuesday May 29, 2012

UKOUG Conference, Call for Papers Ends Friday

The UK Oracle User Group Conference is the UK's largest independent Oracle Technology & E-Business Suite conference. It takes place December 3-5 2012 in Birmingham.

The call for papers is running until Friday June 1st and MySQL sessions are welcome. You can submit them here.

Wednesday Jan 18, 2012

MySQL: An Introduction for Oracle DBAs

Patrick Hurley has been successfully delivering his presentation entitled “MySQL: The Least an Oracle Professional Needs to Know” at various conferences.

Oracle DBAs may appreciate his blog post “MySQL: An Introduction for Oracle DBAs”:

You are an Oracle Database Administrator. You enjoy looking after Oracle databases and you are really good at it. In the corner of the machine room, on the edge of your peripheral vision, is a server running a database called MySQL….

…One day your manager calls you into his office, “Can you just have a quick look at that MySQL database server, the one with the website and the blog on it? You know, make sure it’s secure and stuff. Shouldn’t be too hard for an Oracle DBA like yourself.”

You know absolutely nothing about MySQL. Where do you start?

Continues….Read the blog!

Additional information Oracle DBAs may find useful:

Monday Oct 10, 2011

New MySQL Enterprise Oracle Certifications

As mentioned in my summary of MySQL announcements at Oracle OpenWorld, we announced last Monday new MySQL Enterprise Certifications with Oracle Secure Backup and with a number of offerings within the Oracle Fusion Middleware product family.

Many Oracle customers use MySQL for their web-based, departmental and embedded applications. The MySQL Enterprise Oracle certifications make it faster and easier for them to deploy and manage MySQL within their existing environment.

Certified integrations between MySQL and other Oracle products include:

  • Oracle Secure Backup: provides an integrated, easy-to-use centralized backup-to-tape management solution enabling users to secure their Oracle and MySQL database backup images across more than 200 tape devices from leading vendors.
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware: delivers a comprehensive suite of products that help DBAs and Developers create, run and manage agile and intelligent business applications on their Oracle and MySQL databases using the same familiar tools and feature sets. MySQL is certified with a number of Oracle Fusion Middleware products including Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management.
  • Oracle Golden Gate: enables real-time replication between MySQL and Oracle Database 11g. Web properties can, for example, transfer real-time data collected in MySQL into the Oracle Database or Oracle Exadata for high volume data mining.
  • MyOracle Support: allows MySQL customers to benefit from Oracle’s world-class, 24x7 support infrastructure. The integration also allows existing Oracle Database customers that are using MySQL for Web and departmental applications to receive MySQL technical support via their existing My Oracle Support environment.

In addition, Oracle is currently developing integrations between MySQL and Oracle Audit Vault, Oracle Clusterware, Oracle Database Firewall, and Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Go ahead and try MySQL Enterprise Edition now! It also includes the recently announced new commercial extensions.

Monday Sep 12, 2011

Free MySQL learning Part II

Free MySQL learning Part II from Oracle University

Register now!

MySQL: The Least an Oracle Professional Needs to Know

Patrick Hurley will be delivering a webinar entitled “MySQL: The Least an Oracle Professional Needs to Know” tomorrow at 12.00 pm EST for the ODTUG (Oracle Development Tools User Group).

I met Patrick a few months ago at an Oracle User Group seminar where he delivered his presentation, and I recommend it to Oracle DBAs who would like to get going with MySQL.

Here is the abstract:

“This talk is an introduction to the MySQL database, particularly for Oracle professionals. Patrick will give an overview of its architecture and concepts. He will describe and demonstrate many MySQL administrative tasks, including installation, database creation, backup, and recovery. Patrick will finish by showing how relatively easy it is to set up replication between two MySQL databases.”

Register Now!

Friday Sep 09, 2011

MySQL@Oracle OpenWorld

We sent out this week the September special edition of the MySQL newsletter, which is focused on Oracle OpenWorld.

If you haven’t received it yet or do not subscribe, you can see it here.

This year we have a very impressive lineup of MySQL activities at OpenWorld, including:

  • 14 MySQL sessions put together by the IOUG/MySQL Community on Sunday
  • 31 MySQL sessions in the main database track
  • 3 Demo Pods
  • 1 Hands-on Labs
  • Last but not least, the MySQL Community Reception on Tuesday at 7.00 pm at the Marriott Marquis! Wei-Chen blogged about it a couple of days ago and we hope to see you there if you’re attending OpenWorld or if you’re local.

You will find more details on the above in the newsletter.

We also put together a “Focus On MySQL” PDF document that you may find useful if you’re attending OpenWorld. It is available from the Focus On page listing various topics of interest.

If you haven’t yet registered for Oracle OpenWorld you can still take advantage of the discount code "MySQL11", exclusively for the MySQL community, to get an additional $500 off on top of the pre-registration rate!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday Sep 07, 2011

MySQL Community Reception at Oracle OpenWorld

If you missed the MySQL Community Reception in Santa Clara in April, here is another opportunity to mingle and have fun!

Come celebrate the growth of the MySQL community with Oracle's MySQL team in San Francisco, CA on October 4, Tuesday. Although the event is held in conjunction with Oracle OpenWorld, no conference registration is required; everyone is invited to the MySQL Community Reception. If you're attending the sessions in the MySQL Track at Oracle OpenWorld, the reception is conveniently located in Marriott Marquis where all the MySQL sessions will be held, so you definitely shouldn't miss it! Come meet with members in the MySQL ecosystem, and have a casual conversation over a glass of beer, wine or vodka – the famous tradition of MySQL. RSVP today and reserve yourself a spot in the party!

Time:
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location:
San Francisco Marriott Marquis - Foothill G
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

If you want to register for Oracle OpenWorld and attend the 40+ MySQL sessions, MySQL Workbench Hands-On-Lab, 3 MySQL Demo Pods and all other exciting activities, there is still time! You can even take advantage of the discount code "MySQL11", exclusively for the MySQL community, to get an additional $500 off on top of the pre-registration rate. To view all the MySQL sessions, select "MySQL" Track under "Database" in the Content Catalog. Also check out the special offer for the Discover Pass.

Hope to see you at the Community Reception at Oracle OpenWorld!

Monday Sep 05, 2011

MySQL Quickstart Fundamentals On Demand Webcast

This On Demand webcast gives you a quick preview of the MySQL Quickstart Fundamentals course. During this webcast, you see an overview to new MySQL 5.5 features and benefits and learn how to configure MySQL Server easily.

Special Promotion for MySQL Customers with Oracle Premier Support
Get a 20% discount on Oracle Training. View this datasheet for
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For more information on MySQL Training, see our Learning Paths.

Friday Sep 02, 2011

The Oracle's MySQL Sales Consulting Team is Hiring in the US

Would you like to work with the biggest websites and social networks in the world? Do you want to support large enterprises with their database initiatives? Would you like to assist ISVs and OEMs providing the technology that powers their products?

In the MySQL Sales Consulting organization we do just that.

Oracle is hiring for a MySQL Sales Consultant in the S.F. Bay Area to support MySQL partners, customers and prospects, evangelize our products, assist marketing and cooperate with product management to shape the future of MySQL.

Sound interesting? We're actively looking for senior professionals to join the team, so apply now!


Tuesday Aug 16, 2011

Recently Revamped MySQL Performance Tuning Course !

Want to learn how to improve your performance with MySQL? Sign up for the recently revamped MySQL Performance Tuning course.
This course brings you more in-depth hands-on experience with techniques for tuning a MySQL Server.

This course is designed for database administrators, database developers and system administrators who are responsible for managing, optimizing, and tuning a MySQL server. Students taking this course can benefit from:

  • Understanding the basics of performance tuning
  • Using performance tuning tools
  • Tuning the MySQL Server instance to improve performance
  • Improving performance of tables based on the storage engine being used
  • Implementing proper Schema Design to improve performance
  • Improving the performance of MySQL Queries
  • Describing additional items related to performance tuning
Runs of this course are  scheduled around the world. View schedule for courses currently available in your area!

Thursday Aug 04, 2011

Oracle OpenWorld: One More Week to Enjoy Early Bird Rate and Extra Discount!

The early bird registration for Oracle OpenWorld has been extended to August 12. Sign up now to save $500 with the early bird rate, plus an extra $500 discount using the code "MYSQL11", which adds up to $1,000 savings in total compared to the on-site rate!

Don't miss this (extended) opportunity to attend the 40+ MySQL sessions and meet with the MySQL experts face to face. You can find all the MySQL talks at Oracle OpenWorld in the Content Catalog by selecting "MySQL" under the "Database Stream". Highlights include:

  • MySQL - The State of the Dolphin, by Tomas Ulin
  • Advanced MySQL Replication Architectures, by Lars Thalmann and Luis Soares
  • NoSQL Access to MySQL - The Best of Both Worlds, by Andrew Morgan and Bernhard Ocklin
  • MySQL Performance Tuning at Ning, by Chris Schneider and Tom Disheroon
  • Becoming a Rock Star MySQL DBA, by Sheeri Cabral
  • Ticketmaster: Building the Fastest Ticketing Site with MySQL and Oracle Database, by Ed Presz and Jorge Chereque

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday Jul 06, 2011

Virtualizing MySQL: 1-Click, Kick Back…and Relax

Virtualizing all parts of today’s software infrastructure has become a priority for many. Creating a more flexible and dynamic environment with improved availability enables organizations to accelerate innovation, reduce time to market, cut costs and deliver higher uptime.

Databases have rarely been the first candidates for virtualization – mainly as a result of fears in consolidating such critical resources, and in I/O overhead that may have degraded service levels. However with improvements in hypervisor designs coupled with more powerful commodity server hardware and repeatable best practices, many of these concerns are rapidly diminishing.

It was in this context that we began development of the Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition, making the world’s leading web database radically simpler to deploy, manage, and support in a virtualized environment.

Along with the development team, we will be hosting a live webinar on Wednesday July 13th where we will introduce the Template and demonstrate how to deploy it in production environments.

We will show how, in 1-click, users can download the Oracle VM Template - providing a pre-installed, pre-configured, pre-tested virtualized MySQL instance running on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, packaged and certified for production deployment.

With the download complete, users simply import the template into the Oracle VM Manager and then configure for their local environment via a self-running first boot script. The image is then provisioned to the Oracle VM Server Pool where it is ready for use. It is simple to clone the image to create multiple MySQL instances in seconds and customize the template with additional software stacks to create new Golden Images.

In addition to rapid deployment, users also benefit from the integrated High Availability technologies that are part of the Template. Oracle VM provides native clustering mechanisms that can detect failures in the underlying server, VM or MySQL instances and automatically fail over to the other nodes in the VM Server Pool. User can configure the recovery to a specific server, or can allow Oracle VM to load balance the recovery to any server in the pool.

With downtime resulting from scheduled maintenance activities now representing the majority of outages in today’s data centers, Oracle VM also offers live migration. A user can initiate the migration of a running MySQL instance to another server across secure SSL links, without downtime.

And of course, users can receive support for the entire stack – from hypersior to database – from Oracle, eliminating all that nasty finger pointing that you might find with other VM / Database combinations.

We’ve created a couple of resources you can use to get started with the Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition:

- Register for the live webinar on July 13th. Don’t worry if you can’t make it – by registering you will automatically be notified when the replay is available

- Download the new whitepaper which discusses the components of the template, and then how to download, configure and deploy it.

In summary, integrating MySQL Enterprise Edition with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, the Oracle VM Template for MySQL is the fastest, easiest and most reliable way to provision virtualized MySQL instances. By using the template, users are able to meet the explosive demand for web-based services with a low Total Cost of Ownership, while providing a foundation for cloud computing. So download, kick back, and relax.....


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