One of the great things about the MassTLC unConference is the spontaneity of the ideas. In the morning I ran into an old colleague whose startup was looking at switching databases and struggling with the options. Hence, “Scalable Databases for Startups” seemed like a great topic, so I proposed it, and then was off and running full steam after lunch.
The session brought in a wide variety of firms. While there were several vendors there – Basho, Calpont, InterSystems, ParElastic, and Tokutek, there was also fortunately a number of startups and bigger companies alike willing to share stories, including Care.com, Curata, Iron Mountain, Lucidel, and Mapkin.
During the event, I posted a “live blog” on this session on the conference website here.
It turns out there were plenty of concerns being raised about off-the-shelf MySQL. I noted complaints about performance at scale, inflexible schema, and challenging replication.
If only there was a solution that addressed these issues… hmm….