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Speaker Spotlight Jignesh Shah

 

As part of the countdown to PostgresConf US 2018, learn more about the engaging content and our speakers for this year in our Speaker Spotlight Series.

Jignesh Shah is Product Manager for Amazon RDS with Amazon Web Services. At AWS he works on PostgreSQL engines at AWS including Amazon RDS PostgreSQL and Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility. He has worked with PostgreSQL since 2005 and has released application and database lifecycle products using PostgreSQL at appOrbit and VMware.

Jignesh will be co-presenting the full day "Amazon Relational Database Service for PostgreSQL and AWS Database Migration Service Training" on April 17 at 9 am, as well as the "Deep Dive into the RDS PostgreSQL Universe" session on Friday, April 20 at 9:50 am. 

Read what he has to say about Postgres and why to attend his session:

 

Why PostgreSQL?

Features, Open Source, License!

Tell us about your involvement with the greater Postgres community.

Involved since 2004ish. Early part focussed more on performance on high end servers. (Performance bottlenecks, working to resolve them in standard PostgreSQL) Lately more as an advocate.

What new features of PostgreSQL 10 are you most excited about?

Pub/Sub Logical Replication

What features should be developed/improved and released in the next major upgrade?

CALL Procedure (multi-transaction), SQL Packages

Why should attendees come to your talk at PostgresConf US 2018? What would you like for them to take away from your session?

Learn about the features in Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL and how best to leverage them!

What sessions are you most excited about attending at PostgresConf US 2018?

Keynotes!, Tutorials (Aurora, DMS), Customer sessions!

What is your favorite aspect of PostgresConf US?

Meeting the user community of PostgreSQL

What advice would you have for a Computer Science graduate or entry level developer who are interested in learning and engaging with Postgres?

Start with the use cases. Learn how PostgreSQL supports these use cases. Dive deeper on why PostgreSQL solves them in that particular way!

 

Check out the full schedule for PostgresConf US 2018, and buy your tickets soon!

Debra Cerda     March 14, 2018     postgres postgresql speaker spotlight AWS RDS

 

As part of the countdown to PostgresConf US 2018, learn more about about featured Platinum Sponsor 2ndQuadrant, including their commitment to partnering with and contributing to the Postgres community, from Simon Riggs, Chief Technology Officer, of 2ndQuadrant and PostgreSQL Major Developer/Committer:

 

Tell us about your commitment to the PostgreSQL Community.

The 2ndQuadrant vision is to be the bridge between the database needs of enterprise users and open source contributions to PostgreSQL. We have pursued a joint strategy of providing both working code (available now) and later submitting the features into core PostgreSQL. Over the past 15+ years, our team has widely contributed to the growth and development of the PostgreSQL project; partnering with customers to identify bottlenecks and then contribute towards enterprise features that address them in PostgreSQL, benefiting everyone that uses it. Besides contributing code, all members of the 2ndQuadrant team are very active in the community on an individual and local level, often helping to organize PUG events, conferences, and meetups.

Are there any rising stars in the community you’d like to give props to? 

Marco Nenciarini - located in Prato, Italy - has been a long time supporter and contributor of PostgreSQL. He is an active maintainer of PGDG’s APT repository, maintaining builds and binaries for PostgreSQL and associated tools & extensions, while contributing towards process improvement for sane builds. Marco is the lead developer for Barman, a backup manager and disaster recovery tool for enterprises with high business continuity requirements.  He is the current president of IT.PUG in Italy and a part of the organizing committee for PGDay.IT.

What features would you like to see in v11 and v12?

As PostgreSQL matures, so do the features that come with each release. In the next two release we’re most looking forward to improved Partitioning performance, the implementation of the MERGE SQL command, and procedures that allow server-side transactions.

Are there any features in development from 2ndQuadrant that the community should be looking forward to?

2ndQuadrant is working hard on the development of Bi-Directional Replication (BDR3), containing new architectural features and a wide and deep set of features.

In addition, we continuously work on features for scalability, performance, security and robustness.

What is the number one barrier you see to contributing to the Postgres community?

The Postgres community is one of the easiest communities to become a part of. With an open mindset all around and a common goal of growing open source PostgreSQL, the community is very accepting to anyone looking to learn, contribute, and better the Postgres ecosystem as a whole. Between the helpful tools on postgresql.org and the growing community, comprised of seasoned veterans and fresh faces, there is always helpful information to guide you.

What is the best thing about working with the Postgres community?

PostgreSQL is the most popular database when it comes to new adoption. Even existing users of other databases are flocking towards PostgreSQL - and it’s not just to save money. PostgreSQL has been growing year on year and we’re attracting interest from the largest enterprises, as it is fully capable of securely supporting enterprise database systems. 

There is still competition out there, especially with the current fad of developer-focused NoSQL databases. But the community is big enough and strong enough to quickly adapt to changing times and push forwards. The members of the PostgreSQL community are passionate about their work and the growth of the project.

Tell us why you believe people should attend PostgresConf 2018 in April.

Community conferences expand your knowledge in different areas of the technology, describe practical use cases as well as give sneak previews into cutting edge technologies for future versions of PostgreSQL. 

Simon along with Tom Kincaid, General Manager of 2ndQuadrant, presents "Internet of Things with PostgreSQL - Performance & Security" on Friday, April 20, at 8:50 am. Tom also presents "Postgres -- Past, Present and Future" and will discuss the challenges that may be faced by Postgres in the next 5 years on Thursday, April 19, at 3:20 pm. 

Visit the 2ndQuadrant team in the Exhibit Hall in the Newport Grand Ballroom on Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19.  

Check out the full schedule for PostgresConf US 2018, and buy your tickets soon!

Attention PostgresConf US 2018 registered (and potential) attendees -- our discounted room block at the Westin Jersey City Newport has sold out! We have arranged to add an additional small block, lasting until Monday, March 26th or until it sells out.

HOWEVER, these rooms are selling fast so make your reservation ASAP if interested in staying at the Westin with the special conference rate of $260/night plus applicable taxes for attendees who make their reservations via the dedicated Westin webpage or via telephone (888) 627-7148.

If booking via telephone please mention "PostgresConf US 2018" to receive the group rate. Guest room wifi is included in the room rate.

The Westin Jersey City Newport is the best place to stay and enjoy all conference activities. Attendees will mingle at the Westin bar and hallways throughout the afternoon and long into the evening.

Additional Lodging Options

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Suites Jersey City and the Courtyard Jersey City Newport  are two conveniently located hotels just a short walk from the conference. Rooms may be booked via their respective websites.

PostgresConf US Attendee Poll - Action Needed!

Our PostgresConf US 2018 poll is now open -- your input is valued!

Please take two minutes to provide feedback so we can ensure that the conference is a great experience. Registered attendees should have received an email this week with the poll link. Contact us at organizers@postgresconf.org if you did not receive the poll link.

The purpose of this quick poll is to note any dietary restrictions and gauge interest in the Greenplum and RIS Summits, as well as some of our popular sessions so that we can assign room spaces accordingly

Sponsors

During PostgresConf, you will have plenty of opportunity to meet our great sponsors, including:

  • Diamond: Amazon Web Services, Pivotal
  • Platinum: Compose, OpenSCG, 2ndQuadrant, Microsoft
  • Many more!

For more information, please visit our website https://postgresconf.org/conferences/2018.

Need further assistance? Contact us at organizers@postgresconf.org.

We look forward to seeing you in April in Jersey City!

Debra Cerda     March 21, 2018     postgres

 

Pavan Deolasse is a PostgreSQL consultant for 2ndQuadrant, one of our Platinum Sponsors for PostgresConf US 2018. Learn more about Pavan in this Community Profile:

Pavan Deolasee is a contributor to the development of PostgreSQL and related technologies. He holds a Masters of Technology in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and has several publications to his credit.

Pavan was introduced to PostgreSQL in the year 2006 when he started working for a PostgreSQL company. Hacking PostgreSQL was a completely new experience, but by accepting help from the community -- especially Simon Riggs, his mentor -- he began working through the code and was soon working on a very important project (Heap-Only-Tuple aka HOT). It was a very complicated piece of work, yet one of the landmark features in PostgreSQL and to this day remains one of his most important contributions to the project. Pavan has since contributed several patches to PostgreSQL. 

HOT was committed to PostgreSQL in 2008 and Pavan has continued to stay fully engaged with the project. In 2009/2010, alongside other colleagues, Pavan started work on Postgres-XC, a distributed, shared-nothing, clustering solution based on PostgreSQL. He was involved in designing the high-level architecture of the solution, and later wrote many important pieces of the code such as the GTM, the GTM Proxy, the 2PC transaction controller at the coordinator, changes required to guarantee global consistency of the data, and many distributed planner and executor pieces.

When Postgres-XL, a fork of Postgres-XC, was released to the public in 2014, Pavan once again became involved with the project and has been leading the development of Postgres-XL ever since. 

Pavan joined 2ndQuadrant not long after in April 2015, and once again started working with long time colleagues and friends; he and 2ndQuadrant have continued to actively work on the development of Postgres-XL. The focus area of development has been stability and performance of the product while keeping the fork as close to open source PostgreSQL as possible. The most recent release (Postgres-XL 10) supports intra-datanode query parallelism, thus taking distributed query processing to the next level.

In 2013, Pavan and two of his colleagues started the India PostgreSQL User Group. They started conducting small meet-ups, in order to promote the technology in India and bring the local community together. These small gatherings have now expanded with a membership of over 600 members, and into a full scale conference: PGConf India, Asia's largest PostgreSQL conference with more than 250 people in attendance each day in 2018. 

As part of the 2ndQuadrant team of PostgreSQL developers, Pavan continues to work on many interesting new features. He is an active part of the production support team and also has the opportunity to investigate interesting customer problems, often leading to important and critical bug fixes to the open source project.

Pavan had this to say about his involvement with the project:

“I love PostgreSQL and the PostgreSQL community, so you will continue to see me around.”

 

Speaker Spotlight: Tim Gorman

 

As part of the countdown to PostgresConf US 2018, learn more about the engaging content and our speakers for this year in our Speaker Spotlight Series.

Tim Gorman is a technical consultant for Delphix who enable data virtualization and data masking to increase the agility of IT development and testing securely. Tim is co-author of six books about Oracle data warehousing and performance optimization, and has performed technical review for eight other published books. 

Tim will be presenting a breakout session on Wednesday, April 18 on "Reducing The Surface Area Of Risk In Data Security." Read what he has to say about Postgres and why to attend his session:

 

Why PostgreSQL? What got you into it, and made you stick with it?

30+ years in IT and databases, and PostgreSQL is the obvious heir apparent as every organization's default choice of data store.

Tell us about your involvement with the greater Postgres community. 

Just becoming involved.  I have been heavily involved in the Oracle user community for almost 25 years, and I have been getting involved in the Microsoft user community for the past 3 years.

What features should be developed/improved and released in the next major upgrade?

pgPL/SQL

Why should attendees come to your talk at PostgresConf US 2018? What would you like for them to take away from your session?

Creating environments for software development on PostgreSQL must include data masking to prevent confidential data from "bleeding" over from production to non-production environments.

What sessions are you most excited about attending at PostgresConf US 2018?

Mastering PostgreSQL Administration

What is your favorite aspect of PostgresConf US?

Networking with my new technical community

What advice would you have for a Computer Science graduate or entry level developer who are interested in learning and engaging with Postgres?

What is learned when optimizing PostgreSQL is also applicable to other databases

Bonus Question: You can invite any three living people from anywhere in the world to dinner. Who do you invite and why?

Vladimir Putin, Michelle Obama, and Justin Trudeau.  Differing people with different accomplishments on the current world stage, and I would be fascinated to listen to how they react to one another (and to me) once the barriers and inhibitions are dropped.

 

 Check out the full schedule for PostgresConf US 2018, and buy your tickets soon!

 

 

As part of the countdown to PostgresConf US 2018, learn more about the engaging content and our speakers for this year in our Speaker Spotlight Series.

Abbas Butt is a Software Architect at EnterpriseDB, and he will present a half-day training "Deep dive into PostgreSQL Authentication Methods" on Monday, April 16, at 1 pm. Learn more about Abbas and his involvement in the Postgres community:

Why PostgreSQL?

My company's business revolves around PostgreSQL.

Tell us about your involvement with the greater Postgres community.

I have been involved with PostgreSQL for about 10 years. Over the years I have contributed by reporting bugs and developing various FDWs. I have also worked to make PostgreSQL an XA complaint database by using a modified version of pgBouncer. My next plans are to come up with small programming exercises with solutions to accompany this book http://www.interdb.jp/pg/ ("The Internals of PostgreSQL for database administrators and system developers"  by Hironobu Suzuki). This will give the readers hands on experience.

What new features of PostgreSQL 10 are you most excited about?

Declarative table partitioning & query parallelism

What features should be developed/improved and released in the next major upgrade?

Write Scalability and High Availability

Why should attendees come to your talk at PostgresConf US 2018? What would you like for them to take away from your session?

Attendees should come to have great time learning about PostgreSQL authentication methods. After attending the session the attendees will be better placed to decide which authentication scheme should they use and why.

What sessions are you most excited about attending at PostgresConf US 2018?

"Aurora PostgreSQL Tutorial and Extended Deep Dive" and "Know your meme: Develop a webapp using Google Cloud Kubernetes and Cloud SQL"

What is your favorite aspect of PostgresConf US?

Being able to listen and exchange point of views with other community members.

What advice would you have for a Computer Science graduate or entry level developer who are interested in learning and engaging with Postgres?

Read this book : "The Internals of PostgreSQL for database administrators and system developers"  by Hironobu Suzuki.

 

Check out the full schedule for PostgresConf US 2018, and buy your tickets soon!

Speaker Spotlight Baron Schwartz

 

As part of the countdown to PostgresConf US 2018, learn more about the engaging content and our speakers for this year in our Speaker Spotlight Series.

Baron Schwartz is the founder and CEO of VividCortex, the best way to see what your production database servers are doing. Baron has written a lot of open source software, and several books. He’s focused his career on learning and teaching about performance and observability of systems generally (including the view that teams are systems and culture influences their performance), and databases specifically.

Baron will be presenting a breakout session "How To Index Your Database" on Friday, April 20th at 12:50 pm. Read what he has to say about Postgres and why to attend his session: 

Why PostgreSQL? What got you into it, and made you stick with it?

The community has always been what’s drawn me to Postgres. From the very first I could immediately sense the deep commitment people had to the database and other people involved with the database. Each database community is special in its own way and has its own culture, and after being involved in many of them you sense it in a way you can’t explain. Postgres’s is loyal to freedom, independence, quality, and principles. All are dear to me as well.

Tell us about your involvement with the greater Postgres community.

I’ve participated since 2008 in various ways. I’ve blogged, written open source, written books, reviewed and tech-edited other people’s books, spoken, and attended. I hope to continue doing so!

What new features of PostgreSQL 10 are you most excited about?

Partitioning! Improved streaming replication! Parallel query execution! There are so many improvements. The pace of development is really impressive.

What features should be developed/improved and released in the next major upgrade?

The database of the microservices-oriented future is only quasi-stateful. By this I mean that it acts almost like a read-through cache in front of “cold storage” like S3. Support for creating an empty database cluster, and having it fetch its data from cold storage on first query, would be game-changing for cloud-native apps. I realize that’s a lot of buzzwords, but it’s going to happen soon!

Why should attendees come to your talk at PostgresConf US 2018? What would you like for them to take away from your session?

Indexing is at once the most important, simplest, and most complicated topic in designing a database; I hope to make it simpler and leave people with three big things they will never struggle to remember.

What sessions are you most excited about attending at PostgresConf US 2018?

I'm really interested in hearing how others are using Postgres, both for creative purposes that showcase its flexibility and extensibility, as well as "use as designed." In my opinion, the best conference talks aren't "you should do this"; types of talks: they are "I did this and here's what happened"; I love stories!

What is your favorite aspect of PostgresConf US?

That’s an easy one to answer: seeing all my old friends again!

What advice would you have for a Computer Science graduate or entry level developer who are interested in learning and engaging with Postgres?

Computer Science seems to feel that algorithms, data structures, and so on are fundamental. Data persistence, especially relational, is equally important. Don’t neglect.

You can invite any three living people from anywhere in the world to dinner. Who do you invite and why?

I invite the three hungriest people in the world and eat mindfully with them, so I learn to appreciate what I have.

Check out the full schedule for PostgresConf US 2018, and buy your tickets soon!

The month of January is just about over and we are coming up on the end of our Early Bird registration window for PostgresConf US 2018, which takes place in Jersey City, New Jersey from April 16th to April 20st at The Westin Jersey City Newport.

You have until tomorrow to purchase your tickets for $200 off for the largest PostgreSQL conference in the world. Early Bird tickets are on sale here through January 31.

We are excited to announce that we received over 170 proposals for PostgresConf US 2018, with an impressive range of high quality content and speakers. On April 16th and 17th, we are pleased to offer a choice of 15 different training sessions so you are sure to have the chance to dig deep into a topic that interests you. Some of our training classes are:

  • Mastering PostgreSQL Administration
  • Tutorial on Modern PostgreSQL High Availability
  • Deep Dive into PostgreSQL Authentication Methods
  • Digging into Advanced SQL
  • The postgresql.conf from A-Z: Includes Postgres Performance and Maintenance

For a complete list, check out the events page for all of our training classes. 

Also during PostgresConf, you will also have an opportunity to meet our great sponsors, including:

  • Diamond: Amazon Web Services, Pivotal
  • Platinum: Compose, OpenSCG, 2ndQuadrant, Microsoft
  • Gold: Cybertec, JetBrains, Citus Data, EnterpriseDB, Linode, Timescale, Cockroach Labs

At the Westin Jersey City Newport, we have negotiated a discounted conference room rate of $260/night + applicable taxes for attendees. Be sure to book prior to March 26, 2018 - the conference rate is not guaranteed after this date. Rooms may be booked via our dedicated Westin booking page, or via telephone (888) 627-7148. If booking via telephone please mention "PostgresConf US 2018" to receive the group rate.

For more information, please visit the PostgresConf US 2018 website

Stay tuned for our presentation and breakout sessions announcement. We look forward to seeing you in April!

P.S. Looking for a discount code? Check your local Postgres User Group mailing list.

Debra Cerda     January 30, 2018     postgres