Evan Elias

MySQL Database Engineer, Facebook

Evan is a Database Engineer on Facebook's MySQL Operations team, where he writes automation software supporting the world's largest MySQL installation. Prior to Facebook, Evan was one of Tumblr's first engineers, where he led the Database Engineering team and scaled the site's MySQL backend. He is the creator of Jetpants, an open-source sharding and database management toolkit. Evan previously worked at Six Apart and Harvard University, and has been developing online software since the days of dial-up bulletin board systems.


Global Transaction ID (GTID) is one of the most compelling new features of MySQL 5.6. It is also one of the trickiest to deploy to an existing large-scale environment.