Using Ansible to Manage MySQL at DigitalOcean

Thursday 2:55 PM - 3:45 PM

@ Hill Country A


50 minutes conference


Automation & AI

In this session we'll discuss how we use Ansible to manage the internal MySQL services at DigitalOcean, where this has worked well for us, as well as some of the issues we've experienced along the way.

We'll dive into how we use Ansible to manage MySQL, ProxySQL & Orchestrator and other related technologies in our environment, and will discuss topics such as static vs dynamic config management, Ansible performance tuning & anti-patterns, as well as testing strategies.

At the end of this session, you should have a good understanding of how Ansible could help in your environment, as well as the potential limitations you may need to think about.


Ben Mildren

Ben Mildren (DigitalOcean)

Senior Engineer


Ben currently works as a Senior Engineer at DigitalOcean, previous roles have included MySQL Practice Manager at Percona, MySQL Team Technical Lead at Pythian, and Senior DBA at Nokia.

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore (DigitalOcean)

Senior Engineer


Andrew is based in UK working for the Cloud provider Digitalocean. As a Database Engineer there are plenty of tasks and internal projects that keep his nose to the grindstone. Prior to DigitalOcean, Andrew had a long spell at database consultancies Pythian & Percona and even further back he launched his MySQL career as a DBA at Nokia.

In his spare time Andrew loves football, running, spin classes and recently has taken up martial arts.

Dan Kowalewski

Dan Kowalewski (DigitalOcean)

Senior Engineer


Daniel has been been designing and deploying solutions around MySQL for over 10 years. He lives for those magic moments where response time drops by 90%, and loves adding more "nines" to everything.


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