Baron Schwartz

Baron Schwartz

Baron Schwartz

CTO, VividCortex


Baron is the CTO and founder of VividCortex, the best way to see what your production database servers are doing. Baron has written a lot of open source software, and several books including High Performance MySQL. He's focused his career on learning and teaching about scalability, performance, and observability of systems generally (including the view that teams are systems and culture influences their performance), and databases specifically.

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Optimizing Database Performance and Efficiency

It's easy for modern, distributed, high-scale applications to hide database performance and efficiency problems. Optimizing performance of such complex systems at scale requires some skill, but more importantly, it requires a sound strategy and good observability, because you can't optimize what you can't measure. This session explains a performance measurement and optimization process anyone can use to deliver results predictably, optimizing customer experience while freeing up computing resources and saving money.

The session begins with what to measure and how; how to analyze it; how to categorize problems into one of three types; and three matching strategies to use in optimization as a result. It is a recursive method that can be used at any scale, from a data center with many types of databases cooperating as one, to a single server and drilling down to a single query. Along the way, we'll discuss related concepts such as internally- and externally-focused golden signals of performance and resource sufficiency, workload quality of service, and more.

Bringing DevOps To The Database

Applying DevOps principles and practices to the database can make software development processes faster, better and cheaper. Yet most companies do not include their databases in their DevOps initiatives because they face a variety of challenges to make it work.

Why is it hard to apply DevOps to databases? How can we get better at it? This talk addresses those questions (and more) by exploring the real-life stories of teams that successfully changed their entrenched culture, workflows, and tooling - and others who tried. Topics include:
What research shows about DevOps, databases, and company performance
Current and emerging trends in how we build/manage data tiers, and implications
Elevation of the traditional dedicated DBA role and what's happening as a result
Driving cultural change towards distributed database competency and responsibility
Why some teams succeed in this transformation, while others fail
Now you can apply DevOps principles to your database. Your work will be better for it and your business will benefit. This talk will show you how.

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