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And we have been hard at work since my last post. Demand for Postgres has been overwhelming. I said in my first blog, we will only be limited by capacity, not opportunity. Upon reflection, that seems like an incredible grasp of the obvious.
We were very well received at the MySQL User’s Group meeting in Oracle’s NYC Headquarters. If you missed it, you can watch the event here. They even gave away some cool Sun Microsystems Logo collector’s items!
For those J2EE, Red Hat, and JBoss fans in the crowd, EnterpriseDB helped push their ISV Certifications over the 500-count mark. Further solidifying that Postgres is the database of choice for Java developers.
Today, EnterpriseDB and NTT announced the open source project: Postgres-XC (eXtensible cluster). Learn more about it by attending our very own Mason Sharp’s and NTT Kiochi Suzuki’s joint technical session at the Postgres Conference 2010 on Friday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. ET. I am heading up to the conference early tomorrow morning just in time to help host the PGCon 2010 Major Social Event! Please join us if you are in Ottawa.
The above line was my favorite tweet from The 2010 O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo. I wasn’t at the show, but Sean Doherty, EnterpriseDB’s Vice President of Business Development couldn’t resist the opportunity to speak with attendees about Postgres. Bold and brazen, Sean entered the Santa Clara Hyatt with a box of 200 “Postgres is In” t-shirts. He brought reinforcements with him, concerned that he wouldn’t have enough time to hand them all out. Within two minutes of opening the box, a line of conference attendees formed through the lobby of the Santa Clara Hyatt to get a shirt. Ten minutes later, the Postgres t-shirts were gone. No reinforcements needed. Sean Doherty is a “dude” and our hero.
There was a not so subtle difference to the conference this year over last. I watched several of the talks online after the conference was over. Many interesting sessions that were not centered on MySQL were held, including Drizzle, MariaDB, and No-SQL. As I viewed Edward Screven’s State of the Dolphin keynote online (after I noticed what a nice job Mark Matthew’s did in his demo) the background stunned me. There was a large bold “O’Reilly” sign centered on the stage. In the video, you barely ever saw MySQL signage at all. Compare that to the 2009 conference keynotes and you will see a big difference. Building on this theme, Tim O’Reilly nailed it in an interesting talk on the future of “Open Source and Open Data in the Cloud.”
So maybe it was not so weird to receive a Postgres t-shirt at the show after all. Maybe the weird thing was that Postgres community did not participate in this show. Maybe Tim should consider renaming the show next year to The 2011 O’Reilly Open Data, Postgres, and MySQL Conference & Expo. I think I know where he could find the Founding Sponsor. 😉