Underrated features of MariaDB Server for DBAs

This session is being presented at the MariaDB Server Fest, being held online from 14-20 September. Registration is now open.

Date and time (provisional)

  • Paris: Tuesday 15 September, 13.00 – 13.30 CEST (UTC +2)
  • Beijing / Singapore: Friday 18 September, 16.10 – 16.40 CST / SGT (UTC +8)


MariaDB Server was first made Generally Available (GA) in 2010, and in the decade since release, it has not only been a mostly drop-in replacement to MySQL, it has also got a lot of features that supersede MySQL.

This talk aims to take you through some of these unique features. However, beyond a checklist of features (which you can find in the excellent documentation), here are practical use cases and ways to use these new features to make either your life as a database administrator (DBA) easier.


Colin Charles is the Managing Consultant at GrokOpen. Colin was on the founding team of MariaDB Server, and has been around the MySQL ecosystem including being an early employee at MySQL, and worked actively on the Fedora and OpenOffice.org projects. Colin has been a MySQL user since 2000. He’s well known within open source communities, enjoys building business and market entry in APAC and has spoken at many conferences.


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