Percona University 

In partnership with FerretDB and HostedPMM

Thank you to everyone who attended the Percona University in Istanbul on November 5. We had a great time meeting everyone and talking about open source database solutions.


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Peter Zaitsev, Founder at Percona (USA)

As one of the foremost experts on Open Source strategy and databases optimization, Peter leveraged both his technical vision and entrepreneurial skills to grow Percona from a two-person shop to one of the most respected open source companies in the business. Peter is also a co-author of High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication, one of the most popular books on MySQL performance.

Alkin Tezuysal, EVP of Global Services at ChistaDATA Inc. (Türkiye)

Alkin Tezuysal has extensive experience in open source relational databases, global operations, and services of MySQL and related technologies.

Sveta Smirnova, Principal Support Escalation Specialist at Percona (Türkiye)

Sveta’s main interests include problem-solving, working with tricky issues, and teaching others how to deal with MySQL gotchas effectively.

Sergey Pronin, Group Product Manager at Percona (Russia)

Sergey is a Product and technology leader. Worked in various fields: internet service provider, financial sector, and M&A business. Main focal points were infrastructure and products around it. Currently, leads product @ Percona focusing on cloud-native technologies for open source databases

Ibrar Ahmed, Sr. Software Engineer (PostgreSQL) at Percona (Pakistan)

Joined Percona in the month of July 2018. Before that, Ibrar worked as a Senior Database Architect at EnterpriseDB for 10 Years. He has 18 years of software development experience. Ibrar authored multiple books on PostgreSQL.

Ananias Tsalouchidis, Principal DBA at Percona (Greece)

Before joining Percona he had worked for some big Greek tech companies and academic institutions and had also been involved in numerous research programs. He holds a BSc and a MSc in computer science and has many years of working experience as a systems and databases administrator. He loves everything around databases.

Nikolay Sivko, Founder and CEO at Coroot (Türkiye/USA)

Strives to make troubleshooting in production easy for every developer. Passionate about SRE practices, observability, and open source.

Sergei Krupnik, Product Lead at HostedPMM

Sergey has 4 years of experience as a software engineer, and 3 years as a product manager/entrepreneur. He loves applying new technologies to create valuable products.

Valery Panov, Infrastructure Team Lead at Ivinco/HostedPMM

Valery has more than 18 years of experience with Linux and leads the team since 2018, providing a stable, solid environment for all company projects. He enjoys learning new technologies and using them to build new systems.

Cihan Tunali, Head of DevOps & SRE at SmartMessage (Türkiye)

I am 39 years old and have almost 16 years of IT experience start from Infrastructure. I grown myself with self education and curiosity. Right now I’m managing DevOps&SRE teams at SmartMessage. I am an old basketball player, ex.DJ and daddy of a son and a daughter.

Roman Agabekov, Founder at Releem (Armenia)

Been using MySQL since 2008 as

  • Developer
  • Support Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer (SRE). 
  •  Principal reliability engineer DBA

10+ years in MySQL Consulting

Alexey Palazhchenko, Co-owner at FerretDB (Russia)

Alexey is an experienced developer and leader. He spent the last ten years working with Go at different jobs, organizing Go meetups and conferences, and making podcasts. At Percona, he led the development and architecture efforts of Percona Monitoring and Management – a best-of-breed open-source database monitoring solution. Previously, he worked on many things ranging from operating systems and industrial internet of things appliances to large distributed systems – all in Go.



09:45 - 10:00 Reception

10:00 - 10:55 Opening Presentation State of Open Source Databases and how Percona Contributes, Peter Zaitsev (Percona)

11:00 - 11:45 MySQL Cookbook: Recipes for Developers, Alkin Tezuysal and Sveta Smirnova (Percona)

11:50 - 12:15 Whether tuning MySQL configuration important? Roman Agabekov (Releem)

12:15 - 12:45 Coffee Break

12:45 - 13:10 Getting Started with Percona Monitoring and Management, Sergei Krupnik (Hosted PMM)

Valery Panov (Ivinco&HostedPMM)

13:15 -13:45 Easy way of application monitoring, Cihan Tunali (SmartMessage)

13:45 - 14:45 Lunch

14:45 - 15:10 Running MySQL on K8s. Deployment, Scaling, Backups and advanced configuration, Ananias Tsalouchidis (Percona)

15:15 - 15:40 Private DBaaS: Why you Need it, How to Build It, Sergei Pronin (Percona)

15:45 - 16:10 Chaos testing of a Postgres cluster on Kubernetes, Nikolay Sivko (Coroot)

16:10 - 16:40 Coffee Break

16:40 - 17:05 All about Postgres security, Ibrar Ahmed

17:10 - 17:35 Building an open-source MongoDB-compatible database on top of PostgreSQL, Alexey Palazhchenko (FerretDB)

17:40 - 18:05 MySQL Performance for DevOps, Sveta Smirnova (Percona)



Percona University is a series of free technical events that have been hosted by Percona in various cities around the world since 2013. Percona uses these events to share unbiased open source database expertise with the community, users, and organizations. Percona is a leading provider of unbiased open source database solutions that allow organizations to easily, securely, and affordably maintain business agility, minimize risks, and stay competitive.



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