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September 11, 2018: Training & Tutorials
September 12–13, 2018: Keynotes & Sessions
New York, NY

The state of Postgres

Umur Cubukcu (Citus Data)
1:10pm–1:50pm Thursday, 09/13/2018
Data engineering and architecture, Expo Hall
Location: Expo Hall Level: Beginner

Who is this presentation for?

  • Data architects, CIOs, data engineers, and application developers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of database concepts and the differences between structured and JSON data

What you'll learn

  • Explore the evolution of database infrastructure, PostgreSQL extensibility and its ecosystem, and a framework for thinking about modern workloads
  • Learn how PostgreSQL fits into the modern data stack


PostgreSQL is often regarded as the world’s most advanced open source database—and it’s on fire. Umur Cubukcu moves beyond the typical list of features in the next release to explore why so many new projects “just use Postgres” as their system of record (or system of engagement) at scale and how PostgreSQL’s extension APIs are fueling innovations in relational databases.

Relational databases have long been the mainstay of data. But for a while, two limitations of relational databases gave way to alternative database technologies—specifically, the challenges of handling less structure and the challenge of scaling out to larger (and larger) datasets. Umur covers the evolution of database infrastructure. While the spotlight has been on other, brand-new technologies, he explains how PostgreSQL addresses these relational challenges of structure and scale and enables innovation through the PostgreSQL extension APIs.

Umur concludes with a discussion of how PostgreSQL came to have one of the largest ecosystems in the database world. He provides a framework for thinking about modern workloads and details how PostgreSQL fits into that framework. He then offers some thoughts on where Postgres will take us in the future.

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Umur Cubukcu

Citus Data

Umur Cubukcu is cofounder and CEO of Citus Data, a leading Postgres company whose mission is to make it so companies never have to worry about scaling their relational database again. Focusing on both operations and strategy, Umur works directly with technical founders at SaaS companies to help them scale their multitenant applications and with enterprise leaders to power real-time apps that need to handle large-scale data. Umur’s team at Citus Data is active in the Postgres community, sharing expertise and contributing key components and extensions. Citus Data open-sourced its distributed database extension for PostgreSQL in early 2016. Umur has over 15 years of experience driving complex enterprise software, IT, and database initiatives at large enterprises and startups, and he has a deep interest in how scalable systems of record and systems of engagement can help businesses grow. He holds a master’s degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University.