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Speaker Interview: Tomasz Rybak

Virtualising PostgreSQL   Wednesday 16:20   Baltic I

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I started my career in academia, as teacher assistant. Then I moved into industry, working with web and mobile technologies. I've been using PostgreSQL for over 10 years so current position at Mapp Digital, where I work as DBA seems natural step. At the same time having software development background under my belt helps with looking at issues from various perspectives.

Outside of my professional obligations I'm trying to be involved in community. Being involved at many levels, from local (attending meetups and giving talks from time to time) to global (being active Debian Maintaier) gives me good overview into our profession.

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

Before giving my first presentation I attended few PgConfEU (starting in Dublin, if memory serves), observing vibrant EU Postgres community. Two years ago, in Vienna, I gave presentation about our migration from Oracle to PostgreSQL.

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

We're currently unifying and migrating our databases at Mapp Digital. I hope to describe our road and lessons lerned, hoping that it'll help others to avoid some of our mistakes.

Going into details - we're moving from managing our PostgreSQL databases on bare metal to virtual environments, both on premise and in the clouds. We're also unifying used operating systems, focusing on Debian.

What is the audience for your talk?

I hope that my talk will be useful for administrators and people resposible for managing PostgreSQL. It's intended for administrators, not developers. Those who are planning migration between various environments, including bare metal, cloud, and virtualized should be able to learn few lessons.

What existing knowledge should the attendee have?

No programming experience is required. I won't also show many SQL queries. Knowledge about hardware configuration, tuning, and virtualization will help following my talk.