May 4-6, 2020 | New York City

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Hear about what’s next – vision, roadmap and how MariaDB will solve tomorrow’s problems.


Learn from peers and experts from different industries on how MariaDB has delivered significant business value.

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OpenWorks 2020 Workshops

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  • Fundamentals: Getting to know MariaDB Platform

    This workshop is intended for developers, architects and DBAs who are new to MariaDB Platform. We will walk through the architecture of MariaDB Enterprise Server and introduce all of the MariaDB Platform components, including MariaDB MaxScale and MariaDB ColumnStore as well as the administration and monitoring tools included in MariaDB Platform subscriptions. At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to install and deploy MariaDB Platform for transactional workloads.

  • Step-by-step: Migrating from proprietary databases

    In this workshop we’ll share the methodology and processes MariaDB uses to help customers migrate from Oracle Database, Microsoft SQL Server and IBM Db2. With support for Oracle PL/SQL, sequences and data types, migrating off of Oracle Database is easier than ever with MariaDB Platform, and we’ll focus on the features and tools we’ve developed to simplify and jump-start Oracle Database migrations. In addition, this workshop will include hands-on exercises both with both MariaDB Platform and migration tools.

  • Best practices: Deploying in secure environments

    In this workshop, attendees will get a comprehensive overview of the security features available in MariaDB Platform and go through a number of exercises to fully secure a database. Attendees will hear about the security best practices used by MariaDB Remote DBAs and get hands-on experience setting up features like automatic failover, dynamic data masking and the built-in database firewall. By the end, all attendees will be ready to deploy and configure MariaDB Platform in secure environments.

  • Taking SkySQL for a spin

    In this workshop, attendees will get a hands-on introduction to SkySQL, MariaDB’s public database-as-a-service (DBaaS) for transactional, analytical or hybrid transactional/analytical workloads. We will provide a detailed overview of the SkySQL architecture and internals, and explain how to build applications and manage MariaDB databases in the cloud with SkySQL.

  • Best practices: Running databases at full speed

    There are many ways to unlock additional performance in MariaDB Platform, from changing system variables to better match available computing resources to taking advantage of workload-optimized storage engines. In this workshop, we will share performance-tuning best practices and show how to maximize the performance of MariaDB Platform through a series of hands-on exercises covering everything from important system variables to using compression to tips and tricks for optimizing your operating system for MariaDB Platform.

  • Best practices: Zero-interruption high availability

    MariaDB Platform provides high availability through automatic failover with either primary/secondary replication or multi-master clustering. And MariaDB Platform X3 introduced a set of advanced features for eliminating application interruptions: connection migration, session restore and transaction replay. In this workshop, attendees will deploy MariaDB Platform for high availability and learn how to configure advanced features such as these to ensure failover is completely transparent to applications and the developers building them.

  • Advanced: Enabling hybrid transactional/analytical processing

    MariaDB Platform can be deployed for transactional, analytical or hybrid transactional/analytical processing (HTAP). We will focus on HTAP in this workshop. Attendees will learn how to combine row-based and columnar storage with streaming change-data-capture (CDC) and query routing to incorporate powerful real-time analytics within transactional, customer-facing applications. Through a series of hands-on exercises from initial installation to HTAP configuration, all attendees will get the experience they need to successfully deploy MariaDB Platform for hybrid workloads.

  • Extreme scalability with ClustrixDB: Part I

    ClustrixDB was one of the first NewSQL databases – distributed, transactional and relational. Acquired by MariaDB, this technology is being added to MariaDB Platform in order to support customers with extreme scalability requirements. In this workshop, we will walk through the architecture of ClustrixDB to explain how it scales out with distributed data and transactions and introduce the management and monitoring user interface.

  • Extreme scalability with ClustrixDB: Part 2

    In this second part of the ClustrixDB workshop, attendees will go hands-on by installing, configuring and scaling a ClustrixDB deployment. In addition, attendees will learn how to properly scale out when needed, and the operational impact of doing so. Finally, we will show attendees how to optimize the data model and its queries for maximum scale-out performance.

    Attendees must also register for Extreme scalability with ClustrixDB: Part I

  • Certification Prep

    DBAs can choose from 2 one-hour certification prep workshops, followed by a two-hour certification exam. Before taking the MariaDB certification exam, we recommend completing the three-day online MariaDB for DBAs training course or having one year (or more) of experience with MariaDB.

2019 Session Tracks

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  • Real-world case studies

    MariaDB customers will share business and technical database requirements and why they chose to standardize on MariaDB, current and future use cases, what they learned after migrating from a proprietary database, how they run on container infrastructure and their overall experience with MariaDB thus far.

  • Product internals and roadmap

    MariaDB engineers will go under the hood to explain how things like Oracle Database compatibility and different storage engines work while MariaDB product managers will provide an overview of the next release and an update on strategic initiatives, including DBaaS, machine learning and MariaDB Manager.

  • Operations and infrastructure

    MariaDB solutions engineers will share best practices for DBAs in the areas of HA/DR, performance, scalability and security as well as recommendations and tips for migrating from Oracle Database and how to get started with containers using Docker Compose, Kubernetes Helm charts and Red Hat OpenShift.

  • Modern application development

    Learn how to build web, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) applications and microservices in Java, .NET and Node.js using modern SQL, built-in JSON functions, geospatial objects, temporal queries and user-defined functions – and how to write powerful but elegant queries with ease.

  • Scalable interactive analytics

    Get to know MariaDB Platform’s analytical capabilities and discover how innovators are using distributed, columnar databases to query hundreds of billions of rows in seconds with ad hoc, interactive queries (and no indexes) – and how to incorporate streaming data and machine learning with Apache Kafka and Apache Spark.

Agenda Overview

Day 1

May 4

9:00-12:00 Morning Workshops


12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30-4:30 Afternoon Workshops

Day 2

May 5

9:00-10:30 Opening Keynotes

10:40-12:30 Breakout Sessions

12:30-1:30 Lunch & Partner Expo

1:30-5:50 Breakout Sessions

Opening Party

Day 3

May 6

9:00-12:00 Breakout Sessions

12:00-1:00 Lunch & Partner Expo

1:00-5:20 Breakout Sessions

Closing Reception

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What to Expect


MariaDB’s annual user and developer conference brings together technical experts and practitioners for an information-packed three days at the Conrad Hotel in New York City.


DBAs, developers, architects and IT executives will get an inside look into the MariaDB product vision and roadmap, plus sneak peeks at projects currently in development.


OpenWorks offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn about open source strategies and best practices in infrastructure modernization directly from MariaDB customers.