Virtually Available MySQL, or How to Stop Worrying and Love the Cloud

Replication and High Availability Strategies
2 April 3:50PM - 4:40PM @ Ballroom A

Experience level: 
50 minutes conference
MySQL high availability in the cloud is not your father's HA problem. Compute instances come and go like will-o-the-wisps, and Amazon in particular has a proven potential for massive failures that take down entire regions. In this talk we'll walk through the HA challenges of Amazon Web Services and OpenStack, then evaluate the current state of popular MySQL solutions to handle them. Finally we'll discuss an increasingly evident truth of cloud computing: you need to think about HA in a completely different way that affects not just MySQL but the applications that connect to it. This talk will provide examples of corresponding HA strategies that can keep MySQL happy through thick and thin in any cloud environment.


Senior Staff Engineer, VMware
Robert Hodges is the former CEO of Continuent, which was acquired by VMWare in late 2014. He works on cloud data management services for VMware’s cloud offering, vCloud Air. Robert has over three decades in the field of databases and has worked with technologies ranging from pre-relational systems to Hadoop and NoSQL. He has a wide range of technical interests and is currently focused on DBMS operation in hybrid clouds.