MySQL Central @ Oracle Open World Wrap Up


MySQL Central @ Oracle Open World 2015 is over. For the MySQL Community Team the event feels like juggling running chainsaws while riding a unicycle on top of a surfboard that is plunging down the face of a monster North Shore typhoon driven wave. For those who have never attended Open World, it is an extra 50,000+ bodies in downtown San Franciso and Moscone Center, the site for the event, hums with people for a week. Add in an Elton John/Beck concert on Wednesday night for a full nights entertainment. Plus the week before this overwhelming event, MySQL 5.7 was made generally available which added yet another level of excitement this year.

So what did you miss?

Sadly Moscone Center was being remodeled during OOW this year and we lost about fifteen percent of the meeting space. For some of the bigger products in the Oracle portfolio, this was a major inconvenience. For MySQL, it meant that roughly a dozen or more sessions were off the slate. Ouch! The keynote was in the afternoon which was a bit anticlimactic as some of the ‘news’ was in earlier sessions. But the session we had were all amazing, most of them being packed, leaving many to stand at the back of the room.

There were many simply amazing sessions and you have probably already seen links to the talks on the Oracle Open World site or on Planet. Besides 5.7 and a new Enterprise Manager, there were sessions on MySQL Router and Group Replication plus deep dives into generated columns. Pinterest announced many of their MySQL tools are open source.

Best title for a session? Bill Karwin’s InnoDB Locking Explained with Stick Figures and the session grew an audience of old MySQL hands and novices, even if it was the last session of the last day.

For many the highlight was seeing old friends at the Community Reception. This event was open to the public (and will be again next year, mark your calendar!) and many familiar faces appeared. The highlight was former MySQL AB CEO Marin Mikos and Rich Mason, SVP and General Manager of the MySQL GBU, cutting a cake to celebrate MySQL’s 20th anniversary.

Cake Cutting

Richard Mason and Martin Mikos cut the MySQL 20th Anniversary cake at the 2015 MySQL Community Reception

Many attendees took the time to quiz MySQL Engineers on the finer points of their products. And MySQL staff had the chance to learn from customers like Booking.com, Live Nation, Pinterest, Yahoo, and others. Several attendees were especially impressed with how Ticketmaster gets tickets into the hands of their customers. Take a look at the nearby illustration of their servers to get a glimpse of what it takes to sell 20,000 tickets in under a minute.

Ticketmaster

So how do you sell 20,000 tickets to a fight in under a minute. Just follow this simple diagram (and work really, really hard)

In a few days I will post links to the various talks. Please check back after I have time to recover and find the links.

We will be back at Jillian’s on Tuesday next year so mark it on your calendar and help us celebrate MySQL turning 21.

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