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Presentation: DevOps For The Database

Track: Practices of DevOps & Lean Thinking

Location: Seacliff ABC

Duration: 10:35am - 11:25am

Day of week: Monday

Level: Intermediate

Persona: Architect, Data Engineering, Technical Engineering Manager

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Abstract

Why is it hard to apply DevOps principles and practices to databases, and how can we get better at it? This talk explores real-life stories that answer these two questions, through the perspectives of teams that have changed the entrenched culture, processes, and tooling—and those who’ve tried. Along the way, we’ll cover topics including:

  • What the research shows about DevOps, databases, and company performance
  • Current and emerging trends in how we build and manage data tiers, and implications
  • The traditional dedicated DBA role, and what has happened as a result
  • What it takes to change from a DBA-centric culture, to one where database-related competencies and responsibilities are more distributed
  • Why some teams succeed in this transformation, while others fail

We can apply DevOps principles to the database, and our work will be better for it. This talk will show you how.

Speaker: Baron Schwartz

CTO @VividCortex

Baron is the CTO and founder of VividCortex, the best way to see what your production database servers are doing. Baron has written a lot of open source software, and several books including High Performance MySQL. He’s focused his career on learning and teaching about scalability, performance, and observability of systems generally (including the view that teams are systems and culture influences their performance), and databases specifically.

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