Scaling MySQL for the Web

Trends in Architecture and Design
23 April 3:50pm - 4:40pm @ Ballroom B

The database is notorious for being one of the most challenging web-architecture components to scale horizontally. In this talk we will take an in-depth look at how to tackle designing a custom sharded MySQL database architecture, and the challenge of pulling off a smooth transition from legacy infrastructure and code. As a basis for our discussion, we will use the story of how Box's database infrastructure was transformed from a single monolithic MySQL database to a fully sharded database architecture, all the while continuously serving billions of queries per day.

Come learn about:

  • What horizontally scaling a relational database really means.
  • Alternatives to sharding such as functional partitioning and NoSQL.
  • When taking on the crazy task of sharding is actually a good idea.
  • How to approach designing a sharded architecture that fits your needs, and solves your pain points.
  • How to make fundamental architectural changes without bugs and without downtime.


Tamar Bercovici
Senior Engineering Manager, Box
Tamar Bercovici is a Senior Engineering Manager at Box where she leads the Distributed Data Systems Team in scaling Box’s database architecture. Prior to Box, Tamar was an early-stage employee at XMPie (now a Xerox company). Tamar holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.