Interview with DBTune

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In which areas do you expect PostgreSQL to grow most and how does your company contribute to and benefit from that growth?

At DBtune, we foresee PostgreSQL's expansion in critical areas like performance optimization, scalability, and automation. With organizations increasingly relying on PostgreSQL for applications and operations, the need for improved database performance and streamlined management is paramount. Our AI-powered database optimization service aligns seamlessly with these trends.

DBtune's technology empowers PostgreSQL users to achieve unmatched efficiency in performance and administration. Through automatic parameter fine-tuning based on workloads and machine traits, we ensure peak performance. As PostgreSQL grows, innovative solutions are crucial to meet evolving business needs for maximizing PostgreSQL ecosystem investments.

Committed to PostgreSQL's growth, we offer a solution that complements scalability, efficiency, and user experiences. By enabling full PostgreSQL potential, DBtune contributes to community success and thrives alongside it.

What is your PostgreSQL centered product?

DBtune is an AI-powered database optimization service that improves database throughput, reduces query runtime, and saves up to 50% on infrastructure costs. The technology combines the latest in machine learning and artificial intelligence to automatically find the optimal configuration for PostgreSQL databases based on the specific workload and the underlying hardware itself.

While tuning is by no means a new concept, current approaches are outdated, failing and no longer fit for purpose. With databases at the heart of every critical application and acting as the foundations of every modern enterprise, the importance of optimal performance via tuning cannot be overstated.

DBtune brings parameter tuning into the 21st century whether your environment is based on-premise or cloud based. The AI-powered platform streamlines database administration, finds optimal configurations within hours, maximizes performance and improves productivity of internal IT resources by automating the tedious and time-consuming task of parameter tuning. By using our service, a customer can focus on higher value, strategic tasks and let our AI-powered platform safely and securely handle optimal tuning for you.

What is your company’s mission?

Our company's mission at DBtune is to revolutionize database optimization through innovative AI-powered solutions. We are dedicated to empowering organizations to achieve peak database performance, streamline operations, and unlock unparalleled efficiency. By automating and enhancing database tuning processes, our mission is to provide businesses with the tools they need to maximize their data processing potential, reduce costs, and drive exceptional user experiences. Through our commitment to innovation, excellence, and customer success, we strive to reshape the way databases are managed and optimized in the modern era.

What makes your company a great place to work?

At DBtune, we've created an exceptional workplace where the intersection of cutting-edge technology, AI innovation, and a collaborative culture makes for an inspiring environment. In the AI era where automation is fast becoming table stakes, our team stands at the forefront of disruptive change in database optimization. We're leading the charge in revolutionizing tuning by infusing it with AI-driven automation, recognizing that the landscape is primed for transformation. Our employees not only contribute to shaping the future of database optimization but also benefit from a forward-thinking culture that fosters growth, creativity, and impact.

Which of your company's contributions to the PostgreSQL Project (code/community/conference) are you most proud of?

One of our proudest contributions to the PostgreSQL Project has been our commitment to fostering knowledge and expertise within the community. We are especially proud of our initiative to provide free training at PostgreSQL events, such as the live tuning training to over 25 attendees at the Prague PostgreSQL Developers Day last January. By equipping individuals with valuable insights, skills, and tools we're not only enhancing their understanding of PostgreSQL but also empowering them to drive its growth and innovation. This contribution aligns perfectly with our mission to make a meaningful impact on the PostgreSQL community, enabling professionals to excel in their roles and contribute effectively to the open-source ecosystem.

Which PostgreSQL extension do you benefit from most, and why?

At DBtune, the PostgreSQL extension that proves to be most beneficial for our automated database tuning process is pg_stat_statements. This extension plays a pivotal role in our operations by providing crucial insights into query performance and resource utilization. By capturing and tracking statistics, such as number of calls and total execution time, about executed SQL statements, pg_stat_statements empowers DBtune’s AI agent to make informed decisions about runtime optimization and resource allocation.

The collected data allows us to identify hardware bottlenecks and potential areas for improvement within the database environment. This, in turn, enables us to fine-tune to allocate resources more effectively, resulting in enhanced database performance and responsiveness. Overall, pg_stat_statements serves as an invaluable tool in our arsenal, enabling us to deliver optimal database tuning solutions to our clients, ensuring their PostgreSQL instances operate at peak efficiency.

How do you foster diversity in your company?

At DBtune, with our compact team spanning three continents and five countries, diversity is at the heart of who we are. Our global presence enriches our perspectives, and our small size ensures that each team member's unique strengths are celebrated. We prioritize fair hiring, open communication, and a collaborative spirit. Flexibility is key, and we adapt to individual needs. Despite our size, we're committed to learning and community engagement, celebrating diverse perspectives. Our growth mindset ensures that everyone's contributions matter, making DBtune an inclusive and dynamic place to work.

Thank you!