OPEN TALK: The Future of Databases: Combining Operational and Analytical Data at Massive Scale


Rob Hedgpeth
MariaDB, Developer Relations

Rob Hedgpeth has been slinging code since the early 2000's. Like many others, he started his journey by building pretty horrendous looking websites. Fortunately, for the world, he has steered clear of most things UI related and instead branched out to a variety of projects across web, desktop, mobile, IoT and, of course, data management. Throughout the years he has contributed to the architecture and development of many apps using a large array of languages and technologies. Now as a member of the developer relations team at MariaDB, Rob gets to combine his love for technology with his mission to fuel developers' curiosity and passion.


In case you haven't heard, relational databases are the new hotness. Why? Distributed SQL. Wait, distributed what now?

Distributed SQL databases are relational databases engineered with a distributed architecture to scale out on commodity hardware, on premises or in the cloud…without any trade-offs. These databases retain standard SQL, ACID transactions and strong consistency while adding unprecedented levels of scalability. But that's only the tip of the iceberg.

In this session, you'll gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts of distributed SQL and get a quick look at MariaDB's new distributed SQL implementation, Xpand. Using MariaDB Xpand we'll take a more pragmatic look at how distributed SQL takes database elasticity, scale and high availability to the next level. Then, diving deeper, you'll be introduced to the novel concept of MariaDB's columnar indexing with distributed SQL, and how it can be used to dramatically improve the execution speed of analytical queries on massive datasets.