Meet Simon Riggs, Founder 2ndQuadrant

Posted By: PostgresOpen on Sep 12 2015

If you would like to know more about Simon and 2ndQuadrant before you attend PostgresOpen, Josette Garcia has been speaking with Simon to give you the full picture.

Simon, who are you?
I am the founder and CTO of 2ndQuadrant and a major developer and committer of the PostgreSQL project. I have contributed major features in each of the last 8 versions of PostgreSQL. My work includes recovery and replication, performance and monitoring as well as designs for many other features. I have worked as a Database Architect for more than 25 years, with high-end solutions experience and certifications on Oracle, Terradata and DB2.

What does 2ndQuadrant do?
I founded 2ndQuadrant in 2001, and since then has become the world’s leading authority on the open source PostgreSQL RDBMS, backed by team experience and certifications on Oracle, MySQL, Teradata, Progress, Informix, Microsoft SQL Server and Sybase. The company has enjoyed steady, manageable growth ever since.  It has an ever-expanding team based around the world, all of whom bring relevant industry experience and expertise to the organisation.

What are the benefits of having a growing team based in so many regions?
We provide a range of services, on both a subscription and ad-hoc basis, to corporate and public sector organisations in more than 15 countries across North America, Europe and Pacific regions from offices in the US, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Nordic region and South America. 

Which services does 2ndQuadrant offer?
We provide expertise and services that are focused on customer needs at the highest levels of satisfaction with the help of PostgreSQL experts working for us. This enables us to offer a range of enterprise-class services that underpin the Database Lifecycle of PostgreSQL implementations, from initial training, migration, consultancy and 24/7 support services.

What type of support do you provide?
2ndQuadrant provides full 24/7 problem resolution technical support for production systems. Our popular Gold plan offers fast response and resolution times. However, with Platinum Production Support we also guarantee to respond in person (no automated responders) within 15 minutes. We also guarantee to provide a workaround solution within four hours and a bug fix within 24 hours.

What type of training does 2ndQuadrant offer?
2ndQuadrant offers a variety of courses run by experts who understand PostgreSQL at the deepest level.  We deliver two types of training:

  • Scheduled courses
  • On-site training

You described yourself as a major developer: do you and your team develop 2ndQuadrant specific projects?
We have over 10 years of proactive and significant contributions to the development of PostgreSQL. Collectively, we provide over 100 man-years of PostgreSQL expertise in all areas of the Database Lifecycle Management process.

We have also developed:

  • BDR
  • Repmgr
  • Barman

See Simon’s talk schedule here
To learn more about 2ndQuadrant and their offerings, visit

PostgresOpen Conference Reception hosted by EnterpriseDB

Posted By: PostgresOpen on Sep 04 2015

The 2015 Program Committee is excited to work with EnterpriseDB to bring you our conference reception! The food and view will be unparalleled:

EnterpriseDB is hosting a fabulous party for you up in Chaparral on the 38th floor!! Please come by and join us to grab some excellent grub, get a new Postgres Rocks t-shirt, win a raffle, and relax! Thursday September 17 6:00pm – 9:00pm

CfP Extended & Early Bird Tickets Are Available!

Posted By: PostgresOpen on May 11 2015

The 2015 PostgresOpen Program Committee is pleased to announce that talks will now be accepted up until May 24th, Anywhere on Earth (AoE), but that still leaves only two weeks left to submit your talk!

Presentations on any topic related to PostgreSQL including, but not limited to, case studies, experiences, tools and utilities, migration stories, existing features, new feature development, benchmarks, performance tuning will be considered.

Scroll down to our next blog post to see what the local Texas community is interested in learning about.

Early Bird Registration for PostgresOpen 2015, being held in Dallas, Texas from September 16th to 18th, is now open!

Simply go to:

The Program Committee is excited to be able to continue providing PostgresOpen at the same rate as last year, with a $200 discount for early bird registrations!

Become a sponsor of PostgresOpen 2015 and further show your support, the Prospectus is here:

CfP is for pgOpen is Open and the DFW Community Wants Talks

Posted By: PostgresOpen on May 07 2015

As the Program Committee has been working on both CfP and Sponsor outreach, we’ve been polling the local community for talk topics which would be useful to them - in keeping with making the conference as valuable as possible to everyone involved.

Here’s the current list of feedback we’ve received:

General postgres tips, tricks, tools, and common problems/solutions
Best way to manage large tables ( > 100 millliion rows)
Postgres extensions
General Tuning for different types of uses. (Transactional, Data Warehousing, Reporting, Desktop)
Best practices to manage users and permissions.
From zero to Postgres, setting up a database environment in no time flat.
Understanding how to fine tune your Auto Vacuum processes based on your type database usage.
Upgrade path from 8.4 to 9.4. How to do it right.
The power of Amazon’s RedShift
How to understand what your query is doing without the cryptic Explain output.
Replication in all it’s forms

Have a talk which applies? You know what to do

2015 PostgresOpen Call for Presentations

Posted By: PostgresOpen on Apr 20 2015

The 2015 PostgresOpen Committee is looking for presentations surrounding experiences, tools and technical details of how you use PostgreSQL.

Upcoming Deadline for Submissions is: May 17, 2015

The presentation format and a list of example topics can be found on the site:

Who Should Submit? Anyone and everyone in the community is encouraged to submit! Presenters should be executives, team leaders, engineers or architects (not sales or marketing staff). If you’re working with PostgreSQL, we want to hear from you.

Interested? Here’s what to do next: Simply go to the PostgresOpen website, create or login to your account and walk through the steps of our submissions interface.

If you have questions about whether or not a particular presentation topic is appropriate, please contact

PostgresOpen 2015 Call for Sponsorship!

Posted By: PostgresOpen on Mar 09 2015

With the growing adoption of PostgreSQL, PostgresOpen 2014 had an amazing uptick in support from our sponsors, and with your help we’re going to make PostgresOpen 2015 a record-breaking year!

Sponsors are what make PostgresOpen possible. From low ticket prices to video recording and assistance with attendee travel grants, the organizations who step forward to support PostgresOpen in turn support the entire PostgreSQL community.

Benefits of Sponsoring:


From sponsored speaking sessions to informal “hallway track” conversations, PostgresOpen offers a wide range of options for putting sponsor companies in the forefront of our audience. The expo hall is centrally located and gets a lot of traffic throughout the day. In 2015, with our new venue, we've made changes to ensure even more visibility and room to network.


A majority of our audience will have flown into Dallas for the conference from around the US and globally. From beginners to experts, PostgresOpen draws attendees from those with zero experience all the way through a significant group of the contributors to the core engine. We also see people of all levels from many industries. PostgresOpen’s ever diversifying audience puts your organization in front of a wide variety of people. They’re serious about learning advancements in PostgreSQL and hungry for education and information about solutions to solve their business needs. PostgresOpen saw a 20% increase in attendance in 2014.

Interested in a prospectus? Please contact our Sponsorship Committee:

Why Dallas?

Posted By: PostgresOpen on Feb 18 2015

Dallas is a centrally located US City with direct flights from most large and mid–sized cities in the US and abroad. We polled our sponsors about strategic locations for our next conference, and Dallas was the overwhelming choice in opportunities for PostgreSQL community fostering and outreach.