Lessons from database failures

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Lets learn from MySQL failures at scale, because we tie in the topic of High Availability, in where people are thinking about geographical redundancy, and even things like automatic failover. In the talk there will be case study material, e.g. where automatic failure caused Github to go offline, where Facebook doesn’t use fully automated failover but assisted failover, etc. How is the MySQL world making things better, for example by allowing you to use semi-synchronous replication to run fully scalable services.

The talk starts off with an even almost stupid example of how a business died due to incorrect MySQL backup procedures. It will go on to talk about security and encryption at rest as well.

So a mix of problems from the field, big “fail whales”, and how you should avoid them by properly architecting solutions.

The Speaker: Colin Charles, Chief Evangelist @ Percona
Colin Charles is the Chief Evangelist at Percona. He was previously on the founding team of MariaDB Server in 2009, and had worked at MySQL since 2005, and been a MySQL user since 2000. Before joining MySQL, he worked actively on the Fedora and OpenOffice.org projects. He's well known within open source communities in APAC, and has spoken at many conferences.