Drizzle: A Database Designed for Operations

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In addition to other things Drizzle has going for it, Drizzle has people with ops backgrounds on the core dev team. We’ve run big sites, and we’ve been annoyed many times. A large part of making a database system that is designed for the cloud is making one that can be installed and managed on N systems where N > 1000. Some of the things we’re doing in this area include:

  • Protocol-based sharding keys – split system management from code
  • System integration through plugins
  • Multi-sourced pluggable configuration system
  • Pluggable status, instrumentation and monitoring
  • True multi-tenancy support

We’ll talk about each of these, where they are, where they are going, and how they will make life more manageable in the world of operating huge scale out architectures.

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Monty Taylor


Monty Taylor is an Engineer for Sun. He’s currently hacking on Drizzle full time, and was the crazy guy who wrote the NDB/Bindings in the first place (why write for one language when you can have six?) Before that, he was a Senior Consultant for MySQL which took him all over the word focusing on Cluster and High Availability.

He’s a Python programmer by first choice(and yet hears the obvious joke surprisingly infrequently) but seems to be spending all of his time recently in C, C++ and Java.

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Phil Chen
06/25/2010 4:52am PDT

Drizzle is looking pretty awesome.

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Ernest Mueller
06/23/2010 8:15am PDT

Good stuff, and some mySQL disses worthy of a rap feud! My session notes here: theagileadmin.com/2010/06/2...

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