Wednesday, September 26

Author: Britt Cole

Don’t be hard-headed… Harden your PostgreSQL database to ensure security

2ndQuadrant, Britt's Marketing
When it comes to database security, the risk is definitely not worth the reward. Being hard-headed about database security procedures can not only disrupt your business and cost you millions, but it can make irreparable damage to your customer relationship and public identity. How important is the security of your data to your organization Nearly 90% of respondents in the 2017 Nexia International Global Cybersecurity Report  stated that cybersecurity is a top or moderate concern for their organization, yet only 53% reported having a formal cybersecurity plan in place. Even more alarming is that 20% of respondents that are required by law to have a formal Cybersecurity Plan do not actually have such a program in place [1]. It’s obvious that the need for cybersecurity plans and (more…)

“Now is Better Than Never” – Why I decided to attend PyCon8…

2ndQuadrant, Britt's PlanetPostgreSQL
…and why I’m glad I did. It’s not all technical… Who knew?! Last year, Pycon7 was held right about the time I joined 2ndQuadrant. Seeing as I was new to the technology AND the Italian language (note: there was an English track), I opted out of attending. Well, after attending Pycon8, I can say that I won’t make that mistake again! Over the past year working in the Open Source community, I’ve learned more technical information than I could have ever imagined. Even then, attending a technical conference and understanding (completely) technical talks seemed a little far-fetched. Or so I thought! Since being introduced to the wonderful world of Open Source, PostgreSQL, and numerous other technologies - I’m continuously fascinated by the way that the communities (more…)

PostgreSQL and the Platinum Guarantee

Britt's Marketing
2ndQuadrant experts have recently fixed a bug in PostgreSQL, outstanding since the 9.3 release, that causes Free Space Map (FSM) corruption, resulting in INSERT/UPDATE queries to fail on the affected table. More details here. The fix will be included in maintenance releases for PostgreSQL due in next quarter, but has already been released to 2ndQuadrant customers. This is great news, and some seriously impressive sleuthing from 2ndQuadrant. Thank you for your persistence, it makes us realize our support fee is going to a good place. - Phil Scott from Cantab Capital Scott is one of the people who suffered from this bug and has spent much time trying to find and resolve the problem himself. 2ndQuadrant provides support for PostgreSQL, but most importantly: we fix bugs. Our Platinum (more…)

Working Together to create an Open Source World

2ndQuadrant
Last week, 2ndQuadrant's Gabriele Bartolini was privileged to speak at IBM Italia's Open Innovation event in Milan, Italy. At this event, IBM highlighted the strengths of open source such as flexibility, continuous innovation, and a collaborative community. With the impact of open source growing rapidly on business decisions, members of the open source and PostgreSQL communities are working together to educate and empower the growth of this movement. Gabriele not only shared the unique 2ndQuadrant experience of open source and PostgreSQL but gave an overview of the global community that is PostgreSQL. Gabriele explained how a free and open license, combined with innovation and progression are all positive aspects of migrating to PostgreSQL while still maintaining business (more…)
Conference isn’t enough?!  Join us for post-conference training!

Conference isn’t enough?! Join us for post-conference training!

2ndQuadrant, International News
Did you know - 2ndQuadrant has the largest single, collection of PostgreSQL experts of any company globally?! With a team of some of the best known developers, they all still actively contribute to the progressive development of PostgreSQL. Would you like to have access to some of the most knowledgeable and experienced people available? The 5432...MeetUs! post-conference training is your chance! In addition to the Kanban System Design training course with Dragos Dumitriu we mentioned last week, there will be a variety of other training courses in the days following the 5432...MeetUs! conference.  When you attend a course with 2ndQuadrant, you learn from experts who understand PostgreSQL, the platforms, programs, and languages at the deepest level. Learn in depth about the (more…)
5432…MeetUs! Conference Gives Opportunities for Meaningful Takeaways

5432…MeetUs! Conference Gives Opportunities for Meaningful Takeaways

2ndQuadrant, Britt's PlanetPostgreSQL, International News
If you are eager to learn new competencies or advance your skills in PostgreSQL and other Open Source programs, platforms, and languages, you should join us at the 5432...MeetUs! conference! Between the workshop track offered during the conference and the optional trainings offered in the two days following the conference, it looks like there will be something for everyone at this conference. There's a chance to be hands-on with different programs, platforms and languages such as Docker, Repmgr and more - we also hear that they will have some Raspberry Pis that you can experiment with. The workshops are an optional track during the conference (it is required that you register in advance) and the trainings will be held in the days following the conference. Some of our very (more…)
Second Edition of 5432…MeetUs!

Second Edition of 5432…MeetUs!

2ndQuadrant, Britt's PlanetPostgreSQL, International News
The second edition of the 5432...MeetUs! conference is sure to be one to remember.  They will be hosting PostgreSQL experts, users, and contributors from all over the world.  With talks, workshops, and trainings - we are sure to stay busy every minute! With speakers like Zalando's Valentine Gogichasvili and IBM's Andrea Vercellini, it will be great to be in good company with fellow PostgreSQL supporters and hear real life case studies of individuals who have successfully applied PostgreSQL and Open Source practices and tools within their enterprises. In addition to the independent developers, other companies we look forward to catching up with at the event include Dalibo, Subito.it, Navionics, InnoGames, PaxLife, and more. Check out who all will be in attendance! Even (more…)
Keen on Kanban? The 5432…MeetUs! Conference can teach you everything you need to know!

Keen on Kanban? The 5432…MeetUs! Conference can teach you everything you need to know!

2ndQuadrant, International News
Keynote speakers are always something everyone looks forward to at conferences.  We're particularly looking forward to seeing Dragos Dumitriu team up with our very own Gabriele Bartolini at the 5432...MeetUs! conference in Milan, Italy June 28 and 29. Dragos Dumitriu is an industry leader in the Agile community and renowned Kanban expert - helping to improve organisational efficiency in teams since 2004. 2ndQuadrant Italia has had a great friendship with Dragos since 2013 and will host him as a keynote speaker at the second edition of the 5432...MeetUs! conference. Dragos and Gabriele will discuss lean and Kanban in human enterprise environments, using 2ndQuadrant Italia as a live case study. In addition to his talk, Dragos will host a certified Kanban training in the days after (more…)