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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
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

The evolution of database infrastructure PostgreSQL extensibility & ecosystem A framework for thinking about modern workloads 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. This talk is not your typical list of features in the next release, rather, this talk peels the onion 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 a alternative database technologies, specifically, the challenges of handling less structure, and the challenge of scaling out to larger (and larger) data sets.

This talk covers the evolution of database infrastructure. While spotlight has been on other, brand new technologies, I’ll tell how PostgreSQL addressed these relational challenges of structure and scale, and enabled innovation through the PostgreSQL extension APIs.

Finally, this talk explores how PostgreSQL today came to have one of the largest ecosystems in the database world. I’ll provide a framework for thinking about modern workloads, and how PostgreSQL fits into that framework. And at the end I’ll share where I think the current state of Postgres will take us in the future.

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Umur Cubukcu

Citus Data

Umur is co-founder 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.

Umur has over 15 years of experience driving complex enterprise software, IT, and database initiatives at large enterprises and at different startups—and he earned a master’s in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

As CEO of Citus Data, Umur wears both operational and strategic hats. Umur works directly with technical founders at SaaS companies to help them scale their multi-tenant applications, and with enterprise architects to power real-time analytics 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. Umur’s company open sourced their distributed database extension for PostgreSQL, in early 2016.

Umur has a deep interest in how scalable systems of record and systems of engagement can help businesses grow—and is excited about the past, present, and future state of Postgres.

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