Percona Live Open Source Database Conference Europe 2017 —  Q&A with Peter Zaitsev, Co-founder and CEO, Percona

Q&A with Peter Zaitsev, Co-founder and CEO, Percona

Q1. Percona has been producing the Percona Live conferences since 2011. How has the conference evolved over the years?

The most important evolutions have been in location and scope. Originally, the conference was just in the U.S. and only focused on MySQL. From there, we launched a second conference in Europe and expanded the scope to include NoSQL solutions, including MongoDB, and other open source database solutions. Each move has been made to match the evolution of the market and the introduction of new and interesting technologies. We have been pleased that each change has been met with an increase in participation and enthusiasm from the open source database community. The knowledge sharing and the ability to meet regularly with our colleagues from around the world has been very rewarding.

Q2. Where is this year’s European conference taking place?

The 2017 Percona Live Europe Open Source Database Conference is taking place September 25-27, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at

 Q3. Why the move to Dublin?

We started the European conference series in 2011 in London. While London was a great place for our conference, we wanted to acknowledge how rich and diverse the European market is, so we decided to move the conference location every few years to give more people a chance to attend. Amsterdam was also a fantastic city for the conference. With Dublin serving as a tech hub and the European HQ for many companies, it offers us a new and very exciting place to meet.

Q4. What is the main theme of Percona Live Europe 2017?

The theme for this year’s conference is “Championing Open Source Databases.” We have a great program lined-up with tutorials and sessions focusing on MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB and other open source database technologies, including time series databases, PostgreSQL and RocksDB.

Q5. Who typically attends the conferences?

The Percona Live Open Source Database Conference series draws from the amazingly diverse open source community. Aside from users and businesses that develop open source database software, we see many enterprise attendees that are exploring the move to open source databases and are interested in learning from the ecosystem. We are really proud that the conference series attracts titans of industry including,, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Slack, VMWare and more.

Q6. Who is going to speak at this year’s conference?

It’s hard to provide just a few names because there are dozens and dozens of top technology experts speaking at the event. Just our keynote line-up includes Rene Cannao from ProxySQL, Tom Arnfeld from Cloudflare, Shlomi Noach from GitHub, Yoshinori Matsunobu from Facebook, Brian Brazil from Robust Perception, Geir Høydalsvik from Oracle, Laine Campbell from OpsArtisan, Charity Majors from Honeycomb, and Peter Zaitsev and Michael Coburn from Percona.

Q7. What technical aspects will you cover in the conference, with respect to databases such as MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, PostgreSQL and other open source database technologies?

 Attendees of the conference can find all of these technologies thoroughly covered in multiple talks — many of which are direct tutorials on how to set and deploy them. Our speakers will tackle subjects such as analytics, architecture and design, security, operations, scalability and performance. Percona Live Europe provides in-depth discussions for high-availability, IoT, cloud, big data and other changing business needs.

Q8. What technical aspects will you cover in the conference, with respect to time series databases and RocksDB?

 Time series databases and RocksDB are both focuses at the conference. For time series databases, we’ll have experts discussing using Prometheus, InfluxDB, PostgreSQL and other database technologies to build and run time series database environments. We’ll also have several talks on how to monitor and visualize the time series data using tools like Grafana and Percona Monitoring and Management.

For RocksDB, we’ll have experts who actually develop the software from Facebook in attendance discussing how to deploy the software, and tune the internals to maximize performance. Many of our speakers use RocksDB in their production environments, and will be presenting the ins and outs of how those deployments operate.

Q9. What are you looking forward to the most for this year’s conference?

Of course, knowledge sharing is the most important reason for the conference and I always look forward to seeing what is new and interesting in the open source database world. I also look forward to seeing familiar faces, meeting new people, and having the opportunity to interact with colleagues in an atmosphere that encourages creative and visionary thinking.

Q10. Is there anything else you would like to add?

The Seventh Annual Percona Live Open Source Database Conference will take place April 23-25, 2018 at The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and Santa Clara Convention Center.

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