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Presentation: "Why Zalando trusts in PostgreSQL"

Track: Solutions Track / Time: Friday 10:20 - 11:10 / Location: Estrelsaal C8

A developer’s view on using the most advanced open-source database

NoSQL is on the rise but sadly when people compare the usual NoSQL candidates (Redis, MongoDB, Riak, Cassandra, HBase, ..) to relational databases they often only mention MySQL. Let us explain the power of the world’s most advanced opensource database PostgreSQL. Stored procedures, advanced type & constraint system, replication and sharding are only few points on our tour. In this session we want to show you various examples of why we at Zalando trust PostgreSQL to reliably handle all our data. We make use of it in various scenarios, from less complex CRUD applications on a single node, to highly critical and more complex scenarios. This involves customer and order data with strong constraints for high performance and availability, sharded across multiple nodes. We believe that PostgreSQL is massively underrated and that you should have very good reasons to ignore its great features.

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Henning Jacobs, Technical Lead Platform/Software at Zalando GmbH

Henning Jacobs

Biography: Henning Jacobs

Henning joined Zalando in the beginning of 2010 and accompanied the transformation of Zalando’s technology stack from PHP/MySQL to Java/PostgreSQL. Having used only MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server before, he began to love the treats PostgreSQL has to offer. As the Technical Lead of the platform/Software team he is responsible for all platform (crossmodule) software topics such as common libraries, internal tools, shared components, guidelines, deployment and continuous delivery.

Valentine Gogichashvili, Technical Lead Platform/Database at Zalando GmbH

Valentine Gogichashvili

Biography: Valentine Gogichashvili

As Zalando decided to go with Java/PostgreSQL as the core technology, Valentine, already having a lot of experience working with PostgreSQL, joined the company in the autumn of 2010 to support this impressive transition. As a technical lead of Platform/Database team he is responsible for building up, maintaining and monitoring the growing set of PostgreSQL database clusters. He is also responsible for overseeing the process of data model changes, SQL and Stored Procedure code reviews and organizing SQL trainings for Zalando's development team as well as building helper tools and improving continuous delivery processes.