I've been a sysadmin/systems engineer since founding a tiny web hosting ISP in 1996. Since 2002 I have been focusing on high performance computing. Starting with Linux compute clusters at the University of Minnesota, then as a Borg/GFS SRE at Google from 2005 through 2013. In 2013 I moved to Berlin, Germany to join SoundCloud. I had never used MySQL for anything but hobby projects. I have since become the company MySQL tech lead, applying SRE techniques to MySQL service management I am the current maintainer of the Prometheus mysqld_exporter. The mysqld_exporter is a FOSS tool that allows Prometheus to collect, graph, and alert on MySQL internal status metrics.