The Database Debate: Roll Your Own or AWS?

There are several options when it comes to using a cloud database on which to build scalable applications. In this talk, we'll provide several real world examples of how leading edge AWS users approach this issue. Hear DevOps pros duke it out, database style, as they discuss why their companies have selected their database of choice --including Dynamo, Cassandra, MySQL, and RDS -- and why some have migrated from one database to another. 

Panel of experts:

 Jack Murgia, Head of Operations at Edmodo

In May of 2011 Jack was the Edmodo developer team's first dedicated Ops employee. His mission was to prepare Edmodo's then small deployment on Amazon EC2 for projected growth to 4 million users in the 2011/2012 school year. His biggest decision that summer was to migrate Edmodo's MySQL infrastructure to RDS. Jack will share valuable lessons learned in the trenches during Edmodo's explosive growth to over 32 million users today- exploring RDS's strengths and weaknesses, the process of moving into, then eventually back out of RDS and the vital role Stackdriver plays in managing Edmodo's current MySQL deployment on EC2.

• Charles Sullivan, DevOps lead at FullContact|

Drawing on past experiences in the online advertising and electronic health systems spaces, Charles is leading the cloud-computing efforts at FullContact.  He's passionate about developing turnkey solutions for cloud architectures. Throughout his time with FullContact, he has helped implement multiple database solutions for a variety of workloads. In this meetup, he'll be discussing FullContact's usage of DBShards as a database solution.

 Michael Rose, Senior Platform Engineer, FullContact

Michael works to build scalable, stable software on EC2. He shuffles a lot of bits in the cloud with a variety of technologies, mainly on the JVM. Michael will be talking about FullContact's motivations for wanting to leave MongoDB, how they chose Cassandra from the myriad of databases, and how the conversion process worked. 

 Patrick Eaton, Architect at Stackdriver

Patrick is member of the Stackdriver engineering team building the intelligent monitoring service for the cloud.  His work spans across architecture, development, and operations.  He draws from a background in distributed storage systems and databases that is both practical and academic. He will be talking about the evolving use of NoSQL databases at Stackdriver.  

• Joey Imbasciano, Cloud Platform Engineer at Stackdriver

Joey works on automation, platform management and delivering features at Stackdriver. He has a background in enterprise hosting on AWS, having previously worked at Acquia. He will join Patrick in discussing Stackdriver's journey using Cassandra on AWS. 

Grab a beer and some pizza from the comfort of your home or office and join our panel of experts for a thought-provoking discussion on cloud databases.

To tune in:
Stackdriver's Google+ page
Stackdriver's Youtube live page

Have questions for our panelists during the event (or just want to share)? Please do so on Twitter with the hashtag: #AWSonline. Or, questions can be posted to Stackdriver's Google+ page, linked above. 

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  • Kevin E.

    Great first hangout.

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Patrick

    Hi all, that was fun. Joey and I will post our slides to the Stackdriver blog. What do people want to talk about next time?

    March 12, 2014

  • Kelly R.

    Hi all, the direct youtube link is:
    Be sure to join the conversation on Twitter - #AWSonline

    1 · March 12, 2014

  • Clayton M.

    Definitely interested in listening to the recording, unfortunately I've been scheduled for another meeting.

    March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. I double booked myself.

    March 11, 2014

    • Kelly R.

      No worries! Be sure to catch the recording and the next meetup :)

      March 12, 2014

  • subhankar

    Kelly, I am not able to join this time :( due to prior appointment

    March 11, 2014

    • Kelly R.

      That's ok, you can always watch the recording later!

      March 12, 2014

  • Kevin E.

    Looking forward to this discussion! I don't think it's an either / or discussion though.

    March 9, 2014

    • Kelly R.

      Thanks Kevin. Looking forward to having you participate!

      1 · March 11, 2014

  • Sidd

    Will this be recorded?

    March 10, 2014

    • Kelly R.

      Yes it will. I'll post a link to the recording the following day.

      March 11, 2014

  • Peter S.

    Starts 6:00pm... in which time zone?

    March 10, 2014

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