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Interview with Julia Gugel


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Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I work for dbi services as a PostgreSQL consultant, and I am giving workshops as well. I live in Switzerland and during my free time I love to be outside or just reading a book.

How do you engage with the PostgreSQL Community?

Mostly by speaking at conferences, but I also write some blogs from time to time about my experiences with PostgreSQL. Further I am helping to organize

Have you enjoyed previous PostgreSQL Europe conferences, either as an attendee or as a speaker? (PGConf.EU, FOSDEM PGDay, Nordic PGDay, pgDay Paris, PGConf.DE)

I already had the pleasure to join PGConf.EU and

What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

My talk is about two heroes: patroni and pgbackrest.

I like this topic, because even if you’re running a high availability environment it is important to have a backup and as I still see misunderstandings in the configuration, I think it’s a good way to show how smooth those tools can work together.

What is the audience for your talk?

Everyone who’s interested in High Availabilty and Backup.

What existing knowledge should the attendee have?

In general there is no existing knowledge needed, but maybe it makes it easier, if the attendees already know how to install PostgreSQL and what parameters are.

What is the one feature in PostgreSQL 15 which you like most?

That’s MERGE, because it makes life easier I think this was the first feature I tried immediately after it was committed and added it to a blog post shortly after.

Which other talk at this year’s conference would you like to see?

Oh, it’s hard to choose only one. I think “Enterpise backups of PostgreSQL with pgBackRest” by Stephen Frost is absolutely worth listening to.