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Amazon RDS Pitfalls

  • Mar 12, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Join us for a presentation by Laine Campbell (CEO of PalominoDB) on "RDS Pitfalls. Ways it's going to screw you. (And not in the nice way)" Agenda: 6:30pm Meet and Greet 7:00pm Main Presentation 8:00pm Q&A


Amazon's RDS is a useful tool for numerous use-cases. It offers ease of management, the chance to avoid "rolling your own" MySQL infrastructure and already built-in HA. For seasoned DBAs, there are numerous ways in which one might expect these systems to behave and yet, do not. As with any system, one must know the details in order to successfully leverage it's value. In this session, we will explain the offering, it's patterns and anti-patterns, and it's gotchas and idiosyncrasies. Everything will come with war stories from direct experience with some of the higher-profile RDS installations in Amazon.

* Overview of Amazon's RDS Service Offering

* Patterns and Anti-Patterns for using AWS

* Deep dive into features and constraints.

* A day in the life of an RDS DBA - What can bite you.

* Failure scenarios and war stories

* Q&A

About Laine

Laine is the owner and CEO of PalominoDB database consulting. She has been an Oracle, MySQL and Cassandra DBA, Architect and Designer for 13 years with such companies as Travelocity, Zappos, Chegg, LiveJournal, Echosign and Obama for America. Her passions include operational excellence, open-source technology and it's implications for global improvement, access to technology for underserved populations and diversity in the technical workplace

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  • Maxim R.

    I believe last night somebody asked about a product/service that would allow a visual layout and representation of one's AWS infrastructure similar to Visio. If so, consider checking out
    It does exactly that. :)

    March 13, 2013

    • Avi W.

      victor all third part products require your credentials to login (cloud her, etc), and yes that does open up security issues but you need to weigh against value gained

      March 13, 2013

    • Maxim R.

      Victor, not exactly. if you want to use it for real, then obviously yes, they need your else do you expect them to launch instances? However, it can run in 'demo' mode where it allows you to just plan your infra. Then you can save that project and once you provide your keys, it can launch it for you.

      March 13, 2013

  • Avi W.

    Hi Maxim

    I was mentioning in passing the ProfitBricks, a relatively new comer in US to cloud services, offers ability to configure instances on a more granual level re: memory allocation + processing allocation, rather than AWS pre-configed combinations, and that they also had a GUI "data center" builder, that let's you drag-and-drop a deployment setup.

    I will check out and see what their offering is...


    March 13, 2013

  • Laine C.

    Slideshare is being a PITA on uploads today. Once the slides are uploaded, I'll let you know the URL.

    March 13, 2013

  • David S.

    Will the meeting be recorded? Slides posted? I am sadly cross-scheduled.

    March 11, 2013

    • Laine C.

      I always post slides on my slideshare account, yes.

      March 11, 2013

  • Victor O.

    Looking into plugging SlashDB into RDS. This should be interesting.

    January 21, 2013

  • Michael R.

    Michael Reust

    January 15, 2013

  • Nishchay S.

    Oh yes, this is gonna be so much fun. I think I can write a book on that ;)

    January 15, 2013

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