War Stories and Solutions: Operational Fun with PostgreSQL and PostGIS in the Cloud

As CTO of a successful high-growth startup, and in my new stealth company, I’ve seen my share of challenging scenarios keeping a very busy PostgreSQL-based business online and responsive during tremendous growth. EC2 + PostgreSQL + PostGIS + no downtime. Others can probably learn from my battle scars!

Running multiple PostgreSQL instances on the EC2 cloud opens up many possibilities for scaling infrastructure, but also introduces a number challenges. From unpredictable disk i/o, to RAM constraints, vanishing instances and replication challenges, this talk aims to share real-world experiences and solutions with Postgres 8.* and 9.*

It covers the topic via a series of anecdotes from tiny team of developers supporting one of the biggest sites in the world (CNN.com); these stories range from humorous to horrifying, and there are valuable lessons for attendees running or contemplating a similar architecture with PostgreSQL.

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Andy Parsons


Glutton for punishment! I’ve been leading development teams and technology-based businesses in NYC-based startups for the past 15 years, and working on the next one right now.


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  • Continuent
  • Facebook
  • HTI Consultoria e Tecnologia
  • Monty Program
  • Percona
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • SkySQL
  • Xeround

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