The term devops is everywhere you look these days, and a walking through any hot startup these days you’ll find plenty of examples of devs and ops just “hugging it out”. However, one area that still leaves a lot of people wondering is what to do with your database. On the one hand it’s a service, so you can try to manage it like any other, but on the other hand things like schema, triggers, or stored procedures look a lot more like code, and have different management needs. And let’s not forget about all that data.
At OmniTI we’ve worked with many of the leaders in the devops movement and we’ve found there are commonalties across these organizations. It’s not so much about specific tools, but about the techniques they use to help people break down barriers between different roles and establish a common ownership of technology within their organizations. Monitoring and visibility, managing schema changes and production pushes, optimization, configuration and backups; these are all aspects to data storage that bring about unique challenges. You won’t need to adopt every technique to be successful, but it’s time you had a frank conversation about what it takes to make your database truly “webscale”.
Working on database backed, internet based systems for over a decade, Robert is co-author of the book Beginning PHP and PostgreSQL 8, maintains the phpPgAdmin software package, and has been recognized as a major contributor to the PostgreSQL project for his work over the years. An international speaker on databases, open source, and managing web operations at scale, he spends his days as COO of OmniTI, perhaps the best technology consulting firm on the planet.
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