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MySQL Conference Outcome

April 14th, 2010, was the last day we spent together with the rest MySQL Conference attendees. Was this conference fruitful? Definitely, YES!

Overall, though we did not make records, more than fifty attendees visited our booth 523, located in the middle right side of the exhibition hall at Santa Clara Convention Center.

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All visitors varied based on the country they came from, i.e. Europe, Asia, America, Africa. Some are students at famous Technical Universities of the United States, some are Open Source Software Evangelists. Several visitors are Software and Network Analysts at leading Research companies, or CEOs and Directors of famous Open Source Companies.

Amongst the distinguished visitors are Alolita Sharma [Open Source Initiative Director and CEO of Technetra], MySQL Senior Engineers and Database Architects, Andrew Aksyonoff [CEO of Sphinx], Swami  Sivasubramanian and Grant McAlister [Principal Research Engineer and Senior Database Engineer at Amazon.com, respectively], and Masahiro Sato [Network Game Systems Development and Operations Director at SEGA].

Usually the conversation with our CUBRID team started from the common question asked by all attendees "What is the difference between CUBRID and MySQL?". As our goal at the conference consisted of increasing the awareness of CUBRID DBMS, we mainly focused on delivering the key and most important differences. Here is an excerpt from our blog:

CUBRID is a fully-featured Database Management System just like MySQL, but faster, especially in those cases when a web application generates huge concurrent requests.

Another common question our booth visitors asked us was "So, is CUBRID derived from MySQL?".

CUBRID is a totally independent database system which has been written from the scratch. It is not derived from MySQL or any other open source systems, and CUBRID has its own powerful database storage engine. CUBRID has over a 15 years of development history.

Here comes another question: "How come almost no one knows about CUBRID?"

All these years CUBRID has been available in Korea only, since it supported only Korean language. Therefore, most non-Korean developers and users from other countries have never heard of CUBRID.

However, this [the MySQL Conference] is the first time we go global. We've always been inside Korea only. But now we created our Global Community web site at cubrid.org. We opened our Developers Forum as well as CUBRID Official Blog. And most importantly our CUBRID Development Lab has worked hard to provide the support for English, Chinese, and Japanese languages. Now our top priority is to support Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, Danish, and Italian. We hope, soon with the help of our large Open Source Community and CUBRID Development Lab we will get it done.

Though there were many more diverse questions, these were the most commonly asked ones.

During our presentation of CUBRID we received much valuable information about what our guests expect from new CUBRID Database Management System, and what other database solutions lack that they want to see in our CUBRID Open Source DBMS. MySQL being a commercial product is one of limitations that users encounter. They were glad to hear:

CUBRID is totally free Open Source DBMS. We do not have any Enterprise license, thus, do not require any commercial organizations to share their profit with us. Just download CUBRID, create client applications, and sell, while paying nothing for using CUBRID.

The consequent question followed this statements was "Then how do you make money?".

We provide professional CUBRID support. Usually our large clients like Korea National Tax Service or Korea Hosting Provider need some adjustments and customizations in their database system. Why do they come to us if there are many other parties who can also provide professional database support? Our clients say: "You developed CUBRID. You know CUBRID more than others. So, please, add or remove this certain feature." Even if this is the only way we make money, we are very happy to concentrate our resources on providing free open source database solution and a professional support.

During the conference, attendees also shared their opinion on MySQL being acquired by Oracle. Most users, especially profit-oriented, worry about MySQL's future policies and requirements. For this reasons, many representatives were highly interested in CUBRID, as they have already started to search for alternative free and open source database solutions. We were glad to see their high enthusiasm around CUBRID! They say CUBRID has a bright future and will definitely succeed.

One of the very active CUBRID enthusiasts at the conference was Alolita Sharm, an Open Source Initiative Director and CEO of Technetra.

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Alolita eagerly shared her exceptional knowledge and experience in Open Source Industry. She suggested us to attend as many global open source conferences as possible as well as concentrate on the growth of CUBRID Global Community. One of the conferences in her mind was OSCON 2010 Open Source Convention. OSCON will provide very good opportunity to increase CUBRID awareness since many database experts will be attending the conference. In addition, she told there will be other OS conferences in Japan, Singapore and India, her home country. Alolita mentioned during our meeting that she might help us build a very strong global community concentrated in India. For such advice, thank you Alolita!

Besides, Sphinx Chief Executive Officer Andrew Aksyonoff stopped by our booth. An engineer who developed one of the most famous full-text searching engine Sphinx, which leverages MySQL or PostgreSQL, is happened to be a Russian software engineer and entrepreneur.

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Together with Andrew we had a very interesting talk on how two open source companies CUBRID and Sphinx can cooperate with each other to bring the world-wide famous searching engine to a wider audience.

After a two hour keynote session of the second day at the conference two software engineers from Oracle Development Team visited our booth. Our CUBRID software architect Mr. Park Kieun explained in details the way CUBRID performs synchronous and asynchronous replication and the logic behind it.

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Overall, at MySQL Conference & Expo in Santa Clara our CUBRID globalization team had a great opportunity to tell the professional database administrators and global users about the existence of a very potential Open Source DBMS - CUBRID. Totally, over fifty attendees visited our CUBRID booth, which obviously indicates on how much global users are interested in CUBRID. As stated by one the attendees "CUBRID has a very huge potential and bright future in the open source database industry."



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