Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2014 speakers

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Akshay Suryawanshi

Remote DBA, Percona

Akshay Suryawanshi, joined Percona in the month of March 2013. He began his role as a Support Engineer and then moved to the fast growing Remote DBA team. Before joining Percona he worked as a MySQL DBA managing more than a dozen clients. He specializes in MySQL internals especially InnoDB and frequently blogs about it at mysqlunlimited.blogspot.com.

Akshay has done Bachelor of Science specialized in Information technology, OCP certified in Oracle earlier in his career. He currently stays at Mumbai, India, which is the economic capital of India and one of the largest cities in the world.

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Aleksandr Kuzminsky

Principal Consultant, Data Recovery Specialist, Percona

Aleksandr's first experiences using MySQL were in 2000, as a developer and as a system administrator at an Internet Services Provider. Since then, he has also acquired a great deal of experience in a variety of different Unix variants and network services, as well as in Operational Support Systems and Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS) development. Prior to joining Percona, he taught Cisco courses and built multi-service Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks in Ukraine and in the Caucasian countries. At Percona, he specializes in InnoDB and MyISAM data recovery.

Aleksandr lives with his family in the suburbs of Kiev. He enjoys playing with his young son and gardening.

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Alexander Rubin

Principal Consultant, Percona

Alexander has over 10 years industry experience with the MySQL database and related technologies. His specialties are performance tuning, full text search, high availability, reporting, database infrastructure scale-outs and datawarehouses. He has helped many MySQL customers design extremely high performance databases with optimized schema and queries.

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Alexey Kopytov

Principal Software Engineer, Percona

Alexey joined Percona in November 2010 as a member of the development group that produces Percona Server, Percona XtraDB, and Percona XtraBackup.

Before joining Percona, Alexey worked in MySQL AB's High Performance group for two years and then in MySQL development at MySQL AB/Sun/Oracle for over four years. He is also the maintainer and, until recently, the sole developer of SysBench, a popular utility for MySQL performance evaluations.

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Alexey Stroganov

Performance Engineer, Percona

Alexey Stroganov is a Performance Engineer at Percona, where he works on
improvements and features that makes Percona Server even more flexible, faster and scalable.

Before joining Percona he worked on the performance testings/analysis of
MySQL server and it components at MySQL AB/Sun/Oracle for more than ten years.
During this time he was focused on performance evaluations, benchmarks,
analysis, profiling, various optimizations and tunings.

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Alkin Tezuysal

Sr. Database Administrator, Blackbird, (formerly PalominoDB)

Alkin is a Senior Engineer at BlackBird formerly Palominodb. He has extensive experience in enterprise relational databases working in various sectors for large corporations. With more then 18 years of industry experience he has acquired skills for managing large projects from ground up to production. For the past four years he's been focusing on e-commerce, SaaS and MySQL technologies. He managed and architected database topologies for high volume site at eBay Intl. He has several years of experience on 24X7 support and operational tasks as well as improving database systems for major companies.

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Amrith Kumar

Founder & CTO, Tesora (formerly ParElastic)

Amrith Kumar brings more than two decades of experience delivering industry-leading products for companies specializing in enterprise storage applications, fault tolerant high performance systems and massively parallel databases to Tesora, which he co-founded. Earlier, he served as vice president of technology and product management at Dataupia, maker of the Satori Data Warehousing platform , and Sepaton’s director and general manager where he was responsible for the development of the core virtual tape library product.

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Andrew Aksyonoff

CEO/CTO, Sphinx Search

Andrew is the founder and creative force behind Sphinx, an open-source full-text search engine designed specifically for performance, scalability, and relevance.

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Andrew Moore

Remote DBA, Percona

A production MySQL DBA with years of eclectic experience in MySQL versions, replacements, platforms and problems.

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Andrew Shieh

Director of Operations, SmugMug

Awesomizing large-scale systems and teams.

Previously of Stanford, Affinity Circles, Yahoo, Overture, Goto, Environ.

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Art van Scheppingen

Head of database engineering, Spil Games

Worked over seven years with Spil Games and contributed as a developer, IT Architect, Database Administrator, Database Specialist and now head of Database Engineering to the growth of the company.
Spil Games is rapidly growing and transformed itself from an internet startup to a world leader in casual gaming.

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Ashwin Nellore

Database Administrator, Yahoo

I'm a Senior Database Administrator at Yahoo with 10 plus years of experience working on various flavors of databases like Oracle and MySQL. In my spare time, I enjoy sports and photography.

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Aurimas Mikalauskas

principal consultant, Percona

Aurimas began using MySQL for various demanding web projects in 1999, while working as a system administrator. In 2002, he moved to a dedicated server hosting startup to work as a performance engineer - performance optimization service was key to this company's success. Years later, in 2007 he joined a MySQL consulting company Percona where he has been working as a MySQL performance consultant ever since.

During his career, both as a system administrator and as performance engineer, Aurimas got familiar with many different technologies by actually using them in different contexts. He always knows the right tools for the task. In addition to MySQL performance optimization, his key areas of expertise include: MySQL High Availability, full text search, content caching techniques, and MySQL data recovery.

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Baron Schwartz

CEO, VividCortex

Baron is the CEO and cofounder of VividCortex. He is the lead author of High Performance MySQL and the creator of Maatkit (now Percona Toolkit).

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Bart Trojanowski

Senior Software Architect, Diablo Technologies

Bart Trojanowski is Senior Software Architect at Diablo Technologies, with over 15 years of experience in the field of Linux kernel development. Prior to Diablo, Bart held several consulting positions, where he steered the design and implementation of embedded platforms for clients across the high-tech landscape. Bart holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Software from Carleton University.

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Ben Black

DBA, Tango

For the past 10 years, Ben has been a DBA, developer, and Sys Admin working on high volume production systems at Garmin, PalominoDB, and Tango.

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Bill Karwin

Director of Training, Percona

Throughout his career, Bill has shared his knowledge to help other programmers achieve success and productivity. Bill has answered thousands of questions, giving him a unique perspective on SQL mistakes that most commonly cause problems.

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Bob Burgess

Principal, Database Engineering, Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Bob has been squeezing every drop out of MySQL for several years, having previously spent several years roaming in the Garden of Oracle. In late 2007, he found himself suddenly (and without warning) responsible for storing and retrieving all the information amassed at Radian6, the original leading social media monitoring company. Now, as Principal DBA leading a team of five at Salesforce Marketing Cloud (which Radian6 is now part of), the database challenges are bigger than ever.

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Bob Patterson

Database Engineer, Tumblr

Bob is a Database Engineer at Tumblr where he helps to manage their database infrastructure while also spending time making sure the application and other systems scale. Also he contributes to Jetpants the mysql management software that was developed at Tumblr and is maintained by himself and others.

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Boris Renski

Co­Founder and CMO, Mirantis

Boris is responsible for helping define Mirantis’ strategic vision and executing on it in the marketplace across the OpenStack ecosystem and beyond. Boris’s influence was instrumental in Mirantis’ current focus on OpenStack. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the OpenStack Foundation.
During the last 15 years, Boris has held several executive positions with the companies he helped establish. He was a founder and CEO of Selectosa Systems ­ an IT consulting company that was subsequently acquired in 2006 ­ and a co­founder and angel investor at AGroup ­ now a venture backed enterprise software company headquartered in Europe.
Boris holds a BSc in Information Systems from Santa Clara University. He likes technical scuba diving, motorcycles, and RC helicopters.

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Brian Biskeborn

Site Reliability Engineer, Google

Brian Biskeborn is a Site Reliability Engineer at Google. He has spent the last 2.5 years working on the F1/Spanner database system and is currently tech lead of the SRE team that runs F1 in production.

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Calvin Sun

Sr Engineering Manager, Twitter

Calvin Sun is senior engineering manager at Twitter, managing MySQL development. Prior to that, he managed the InnoDB team at Oracle. Calvin also worked for MySQL Inc. from 2006 to 2008, managing MySQL storage engines development. He has over 15+ years of database development experience.

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Carl Olofson

Research Vice President, IDC

Carl Olofson performs research and analysis for IDC’s Database Management and Data Integration Software service within the Application Development and Deployment research group. Mr. Olofson’s research involves following sales and technical developments in the information and data management (IDM) markets, database management systems (DBMS) markets, data movement and replication software, data management software, metadata management software, and the vendors of related tools and software systems. Mr. Olofson also contributes overview and data integration research content to Integration and Deployment Software, which covers developments in software technologies that manage the overall integrated deployment of applications developed and maintained using application development and deployment software. Mr. Olofson also advises clients on market and technology directions as well as performing supply and demand-side primary research to size, forecast, and segment the database market.
Mr. Olofson has been an analyst at IDC since 1997. Over that time, he has been among the first industry analysts to provide detailed discussions of horizontally and vertically scalable DBMS architectures, mobile DBMS technology, in-memory DBMS, extended relational DBMS, virtual DBMS, open source DBMS, NoSQL (including key-value stores and document-oriented DBMS), Big Data (including Hadoop), and NewSQL. In 2000, Mr. Olofson received IDC's highest award, the James Peacock Memorial Award for professional excellence in market research.
Mr. Olofson has 35 years of experience in IT, including two years of application development consulting, 10 years of database and tools software development, four years of product consulting, and three years as a senior product manager. Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Olofson worked at Cayenne and Cadre, where he was involved with directing the management for ObjectTeam products, including an object-oriented CASE tool and a component construction and assembly tool. He was also responsible for product packaging, pricing, requirements analysis, sales force preparation, and product roll-out. Prior to that, Mr. Olofson managed customer relations and performed sales support for MSP in promoting its mainframe repository, METHODMANAGER. He also worked at LBMS, where he led a team of eight engineers working on a repository technology research program; and at Cullinet where he was responsible for the Cullinet CASE strategy. In addition, Mr. Olofson worked for eight years in project teams developing the IDMS, IDD, ADS/Online, and Online Mapping products.
Mr. Olofson has been quoted in a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Investor's Business Daily, San Jose Mercury-News, USA Today, Computerworld, Object Magazine, Software Magazine, and Application Development Trends. He has presented at numerous conferences, including each of the InterSystems Worldwide Developers' Conference (DevCon) from 2000 through 2004, 2002 OracleWorld, the 1999 XMLeadership Conference, 1999 Oracle OpenWorld, 1998 AITG (Advanced Information Technologies for Government) Conference, the 1997 Oracle Partners' Conference, the 4 Rs Conference, DAUG (Data Administration Users’ Group), IRMAC (Information Resource Management Association of Canada), and user conferences for Cullinet, MSP, INTERSOLV, and Cadre Technologies. Mr. Olofson also presented thought leadership information regarding CyberSmart Computing (later called services oriented architecture, or SOA), the data management implications of ebusiness, and enterprise information management strategies at a series of seminars sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and Oracle Corporation between January and May 2000. Mr. Olofson received a B.S. in communications from Boston University.

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Chip Turner

Software Engineer, Facebook, Inc.

Chip has spent the past eight years working on MySQL and related database technologies. Now the tech lead for the MySQL client team at Facebook, Chip spends most of his time interacting with databases from a variety of languages and making them faster, easier, and more reliable. Prior to Facebook, he spent many years at Google where he also spent much time inside of MySQL, and before that, at Red Hat.

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Chris Schneider

Database Architect, Groupon.com

I've been a long time MySQL community member and user. Through my career I have designed, implemented and maintained small to large scale MySQL installations while training and mentoring teams of DBAs. This includes building architecture from the ground up and improving on those that are currently in place while emphasizing scalability, performance and ease of use.

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Chuck Sumner

DBA, Twitter Inc.

MySQL at Twitter

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Colin Charles

Chief Evangelist, MariaDB

Colin Charles works on MariaDB at SkySQL. He has been the Chief Evangelist for MariaDB since 2009, work ranging from speaking engagements to consultancy and engineering works around MariaDB. He lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and had worked at MySQL since 2005, and been a MySQL user since 2000. Before joining MySQL, he worked actively on the Fedora and OpenOffice.org projects. He's well known on the conference track having spoken at many of them over the course of his career.

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Craig Thayer

Vice President of Technology, Sazze

Craig Thayer is the Vice President of Technology at Sazze, Inc. Since joining in 2007, he has driven the company's technology strategy, created highly optimized MVC frameworks, facilitated traffic growth of over 1,000%, and built a highly automated infrastructure that supports Sazze's fast-growing e-commerce sites including DealsPlus, ShopLately and more.

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Daniel Nichter

Senior Software Developer, Percona

Daniel Nichter is the lead developer and database tools specialist at Percona. He has been developing database tools for MySQL since 2005. At the 2010 MySQL Conference & Expose, Daniel was named the Community Contributor of the Year for his work on Maatkit.

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Davi Arnaut

Senior Software Engineer, LinkedIn

Davi Arnaut is a member of the MySQL development team at LinkedIn. He works closely with LinkedIn's data team to add new features to MySQL, evaluate performance, and track down and fix bugs. In the past, Davi was a lead software engineer in the MySQL development teams at Twitter and Oracle.