Scaling MySQL - Up or Out?

Kaj Arnö (SkySQL Ab), John Allspaw (Etsy), Jeff Rothschild (, Monty Taylor (HP), Domas Mituzas (Facebook), Paul Tuckfield (YouTube), Frank Mashraqi (Opportunities)
Location: Ballroom E
Average rating: *****
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This lively panel discussion keynote will address the challenges large, modern web properties face in scaling MySQL. Panelists from Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr pair up with MySQL engineers in discussing the current and future problem domain and possible solutions.

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Kaj Arnö


Kaj Arnö is VP Community at MySQL AB. He promotes the 3 Ps of the MySQL Community: Popularity, Participation and Pioneering — connecting the external and internal MySQL developers with each other. Kaj believes there are internal connections between his favourite topics which include arranging meetings in a virtual organisation, coping with timezones, managing cross-cultural teams and singing drinking songs (a practice of his native Finland that he is promoting with varied success in Munich, Germany where he’s currently living).

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John Allspaw


John Allspaw is Etsy’s chief technology officer (CTO), leading the Product Engineering, Infrastructure, and Operations teams. Previously, he was the SVP of Infrastructure and Operations at Etsy. For over 17 years, he has worked in system operations in the biotech, government, and online media industries.

John began his career running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government. In 1997, he made the leap to the web, building the technical infrastructures at Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster and Flickr. John is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning and Web Operations: Keeping the Data on Time, both published by O’Reilly Media. He holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MSC from Lund University.

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Jeff Rothschild

Jeff Rothschild is Vice President of Technology at Facebook, where he focuses
on scalability and performance. Prior to Facebook, Jeff focused on storage
management and Internet services as an investor and entrepreneur. He
previously co-founded Veritas Software, where he was responsible for product
strategy and architecture. Jeff also co-founded Mpath Interactive/Hearme, the
Internet multiplayer games and voice chat service, where he served as Vice
President of Engineering. He is also a consulting partner with Accel Partners
and during his tenure has worked with, Rhapsody Networks and
Mendocino Software. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s
degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University.

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Monty Taylor


Monty Taylor runs developer automation for the OpenStack project, including the developer tooling, continuous integration and automation systems. Monty is also a core developer on the Drizzle project and was a Senior Consultant for MySQL, Inc. before they got gobbled up. He’s an expert in distributed systems and will bend your ear with stories of Burning Man if you let him.

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Domas Mituzas


Domas Mituzas is database engineer at Facebook and volunteer Wikipedia performance and data engineer.

He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Wikimedia Foundation, and has been member of Board of Trustees for it in the past.

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Paul Tuckfield


Paul has been a sysadmin, DBA or something in between for 25 years, if you count college jobs. In this century, he’s helped build the infrastructure for many startups , notably PayPal and Youtube, as a database architecture and scalability expert. Currently Paul is the manager of the architecture, database, sysadmin and data warehousing groups at YouTube.

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Frank Mashraqi


Frank Mashraqi is a renowned speaker and scalability advisor to several startups. He has nearly a decade of scalability, engineering management and monetization experience. Prior to Opportunities, Frank was Co-founder and VP Technology of XGraph, an advertising company using social graph data to scale highly targeted campaigns. Prior to that, Frank was Director of Business Operations and Technical Strategy for Fotolog where he played a pivotal role in helping Fotolog scale to become the 13th largest website on the Internet (Alexa: based on traffic) and the third most actively used social network in the world (ComScore). He also led the disaster recovery efforts at Fotolog after a SAN crash threatened to put $100M acquisition offer in jeopardy. Frank holds a BBA in Accounting and a BS in Computer Information Systems. He lives in Menlo Park, CA and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs.

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