September 19–20, 2016: Training
September 20–22, 2016: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Dropbox database infrastructure

Tammy Butow (Dropbox)
2:25pm–3:05pm Thursday, 09/22/2016
Infrastructure reimagined Automation, Databases Gramercy Audience level: Beginner
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Understand how Dropbox database infrastructure has scaled since Dropbox launched in 2008, surpassing 500 million signups and 500 petabytes of user data
  • Description

    Dropbox was founded by engineers, and the ethos of technical innovation is fundamental to its culture. Dropbox’s Databases team of SREs manage thousands of MySQL servers, which requires a deep understanding of MySQL, automation, Linux, Python, hardware, performance tuning, monitoring, and reliability.

    Dropbox has grown enormously since launching in 2008, surpassing 500 million sign-ups and 500 petabytes of user data. To give a sense of the incredible growth it’s experienced, Dropbox had only about 40 petabytes of user data in 2012. In the four years since, it has seen over 12x growth. Tammy Butow offers an overview of how Dropbox database infrastructure has scaled.

    Topics include:

    • Laying the foundations: where did it all begin?
    • Improving the flying rocket ship: building automation tools, performance tuning, reliability tools and testing, and Dropbox’s dedicated storage infrastructure
    • How Dropbox sets its Databases team up for success
    • Where Dropbox is headed next: automation and tooling, Python and Go at Dropbox, MySQL 5.7, and continuous curiosity
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    Tammy Butow


    Hello, I’m Tammy Butow.

    I’m an Australian who relocated to the USA in 2014. I live in San Francisco and I’m a Site Reliability Engineering Manager @ Dropbox.

    I am the team lead for the Databases & Magic Pocket SRE teams. I enjoy working on infrastructure engineering and value chaos engineering, antifragile systems, automation, Go, Linux and so much more. I have previously worked in Security Engineering and Product Engineering.

    I like to ride bikes, skateboard, snowboard and surf. I also love mosh pits, crowd surfing, metal and hardcore punk.

    I’m the Co-Founder of @GirlGeekAcademy. A global movement to teach 1 million women technical skills by 2025. We received support from the Australian Prime Minister and a grant from the Australian government in 2016 to scale our program Miss Makes Code which is aimed at 5-8 year old girls.

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