Database Reliability Engineering: What, Why and How?

Tuesday 3:20PM-4:10PM

@ Field Suite 2

Open Source Databases

50 minutes conference



SRE is becoming quite the ubiquitous term, but what about DBRE? Let's explore the paths to this craft and how to culturally evolve and support it. Focus on organizational scale, self-service, and force multipliers in recoverability, observability, availability, security, release management, and infrastructure.

- Comparison of old and new paradigms
- What is DBRE and reliability engineering
- The path to DBRE as a career

Paradigm shifts causing this
- Polyglot persistence
- Cloud and virtualization
- Infrastructure as code
- Continous delivery

DBRE Manifesto
- Protect the data
- Self-service for scale
- Elimination of toil
- Databases are not special snowflakes
- Reduce the barriers between software and DB ops

DBRE core competencies
- Catastore decision making
- Recoverability
- Data distribution
- Failover and availability
- Scaling patterns
- Build guard rails
- Automation
- Build for services and people



Laine Campbell

Laine Campbell (Fastly)

Sr. Director, Production Engineering


Database professional with extensive and proven knowledge of how to grow and sustain database infrastructures and persistence tiers for highly available and successful web applications at scale. Having supported such companies as Obama for America, Activision/Call of Duty, Echosign/Adobe, Disney Mobile, Travelocity and Technorati, I know what is needed to take a database ecosystem to the next level to support the demanding web applications being built today. Technical leader with combination of Management and Leadership, Business and Product Development and technical breadth/depth. Experience leading organizations up to 60 people, across multiple countries, while supporting significant numbers of clients and projects. An advocate for distributed architecture and systems, the culture of DevOps, and Open Source solutions wherever possible. I enjoy collaborating, knowledge sharing and supporting the growth of those on my teams, in my company and in my communities.


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