Relational Databases in the Cloud: Theory and Practice

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Proposal
Long Form
Intermediate

Excerpt

There are decades of accumulated knowledge in optimizing relational databases, and so much of it is either unhelpful or downright counterproductive in modern cloud-based environments. We'll discuss how the cloud is different, how to think through it, and go through examples in modern FLOSS DBs in cloud environments.

Description

There are decades of accumulated knowledge in optimizing relational databases, and so much of it is either unhelpful or downright counterproductive in modern cloud-based environments. Disks aren’t disks any more, RAM might not be RAM, and latency has become more than intermittent.

We’ll discuss why and how the cloud is different from traditional hardware, and how that impacts existing optimization strategies. We’ll formulate new strategies for the new environments. And we’ll test those strategies on modern RDBMSes (including PostgreSQL and MySQL) on actual cloud instances (including EC2).

Speaking experience

In addition to presenting at numerous user groups over the years, and a half-dozen or so BarCamps across the country, i've appeared at the Frozen Perl conference in Minneapolis (2008), the London Perl Workshop (2007 -- making me an international speaker), and twice at Open Source Bridge (both in 2009).

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