Percona Live 2016 was the most impressive show in a long line of shows that started with the old MySQL Users Conference. There were a lot of old familiar faces or familiar faces grown old. During my stint as MySQL Certification Manager I usually was at the other end of the conference center / hotel complex administering exams. But this year I would be able to attend sessions, network, and see the heart of the MySQL Community.From the opening keynotes featuring TV personality Bill Nye to the final drawing where I won a Bill Nye autographed book, the show was filled with information on several data stores just not MySQL. This show was more about managing data with the proper tool and not just managing data with MySQL. All the session were recorded and will be posted — have patience as it takes time to get all 195 speakers’s material formatted. The highlight of the first day was having the available MySQL engineers reveal their plans and answer questions from an audience that was universally happy with the course Oracle has set the MySQL ship on for the next several years.
Tuesday started with Tomas Ulin reiterating the the release of MySQL 5.7 and then covering many of the new software features revealed last week like the ability to use MySQL as a document store.
2016 featured sessions on many facets of MySQL and a great many on MongoDB, Cassandra, RocksDB, and more. I am note if the show will encompass all the open source data stores but there was enough information on many of technologies to get any journeyman level DBA started on becoming a polyglot DBA. And the new 5.7.12 document store features are going to be a big game changer as MySQL become more of a universal storage tool rather than just a relational database.
And a big salute to the show organizers and the entire Percona staff for showing their commitment and love to the open source world by providing such an awesome event.