This site is about a previous instance of this event. For the current event, please see the updated site.

Speaker Interview: Mike Fowler

Elephants in the Cloud   Thursday 11:50   Congress

GitHub: gh-mlfowler LinkedIn: mlfowler Facebook: mlfowler Company website:

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

Currently I am a Senior Site Reliability Engineer for the Public Cloud Pratice of Claranet where I help customers migrate to the cloud and continue to support them afterward. I have been using PostgreSQL since 7.4 and made a few contributions that appeared in 9.1 as well as a number of bugfixes to the JDBC driver. I'm very passionate about PostgreSQL and have spoken reguarly at PGDay.UK on a variety of topics.

Have you enjoyed previous conferences, either as attendee or as speaker?

This will be my first time as both an attendee and as a speaker.

What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

I will be discussing the options for using public cloud proviers such as AWS and Google to host your PostgreSQL database and making an impartial assesment of those options. I'll also discuss strategies for migrating your existing databases into these providers. This topic was chosen as it brings together two technologies I love, PostgreSQL and cloud computing and I firmly believe many people could make better use of both.

What is the audience for your talk?

Anyone interested in having their database hosted and especially those considering hosting in the various public cloud offerings. Administrators who are tasked with migrating their databases will be interested in my migration strategies.

What existing knowledge should the attendee have?

No real knowledge is required although some exposure to PostgreSQL's replication capabilities would be of benefit.