A lot of companies, especially those in the early days of finding product-market fit, do not have a dedicated DBA. But that doesn’t mean no one owns the databases; it means everyone does.
Silvia Botros explains why that’s ok (all the DBAs she knows were accidental too) and shares lessons learned, tips, and tricks for keeping your MySQL databases running smoothly and protecting your company’s most important asset, from query analysis, tools you need, and metrics to track to how to keep your MySQL databases part of the DevOps culture of your team. Silvia also details the signs to look for that suggest your company is ready for a dedicated DB management position and what the expectations and tasks of that job are in a (hopefully) nonsiloed organization.
Silvia Botros is a principal database engineer at SendGrid, a cloud email provider for household names like Spotify, Pandora, Airbnb, and eBay. In her spare time, she is busy with three Jr. DBAs at home (start them early!).
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