Taking care of the elephant
Michael Meskes holds a Ph.D. in database science and has worked in the open-source industry his whole career. After his time at RWTH Aachen university he started and ran credativ, a pure open-source company that is now part of NetApp, where Michael is still leading the same group of open-source enthusiasts. On top of that he is tasked with improving open-source work within NetApp.
Coming from the Unix landscape he started working on free and open-source software in 1993 and subsequently joined several free software projects like the Linux kernel (1994), Debian GNU/Linux (1995) and PostgreSQL (1996). He is still active as a Debian developer and a PostgreSQL committer as much as his real life commitments allow him to.
Michael has engaged in significant open-source evangelism and given related presentations at numerous events. He teaches open-source infrastructure and cloud components at a local university as an adjunct professor.
The Elephant Shed is an Open Source PostgreSQL Appliance that bundles and integrates proven components, required for easy management of a PostgreSQL server. Proven tools for all relevant aspects are already preinstalled and preconfigured. The majority of these tools can be controlled via a comfortable web interface. Even experienced PostgreSQL administrators will hardly find an area not covered by Elephant Shed PostgreSQL appliance.
It takes more than one piece of software to create a reliable and serviceable platform. There are different approaches to fill the gap, but usually Open Source offers all the bits and pieces needed. However, these need to be well integrated. Elephant Shed is such an integration of all the necessary tools for a high-performance PostgreSQL platform.
The wheel is not reinvented. Instead of new developments, established and reliable open source projects that fullfill the needs of the specific aspect are assembled into the Elephant Shed PostgreSQL appliance. These are integrated within a single user interface. Automated scripts in the background ensure that the interaction of all these tools runs smoothly.
This presentation reasons why Elephant Shed was created and shows the technical details and the advantages this appliance brings.
- 2018 October 15 16:40 PDT
- 50 min
- Winchester 2
- Silicon Valley