How is automation impacting the dba role?

via GIPHY I was at a dinner party recently, and talking with some colleagues. I had worked with them years back on Oracle systems. One colleague Maria said she really enjoyed my newsletter. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. She went on to say how much has changed in the last …

How to interview an amazon database expert

via GIPHY Amazon releases a new database offering every other day. It sure isn’t easy to keep up. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Let’s say you’re hiring a devops & you want to suss out their database knowledge? Or you’re hiring a professional services firm or freelance consultant. Whatever the …

What products & improvements are new on AWS?

Amazon is releasing new products & services to it’s global cloud compute network at a rate that has all of our heads spinning. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Here’s new stuff worth mentioning around databases & data. 1. For ETL – AWS GLUE Moving data from your transactional MySQL or …

Should we be muddying the relational waters? Use cases for MySQL & Mongodb

Many of you know I publish a newsletter monthly. One thing I love about it is that after almost a decade of writing it regularly, the list has grown considerably. And I’m always surprised at how many former colleagues are actually reading it. So that is a really gratifying thing. Thanks to those who are, …

Are software benchmarks to blame for Volkswagens woes?

With the recent media attention Volkswagen has gotten, a lot of folks are wondering, how could that happen? Aren’t there checks & balances? Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Then I ran across this observation on Todd Hoff’s brilliant blog High Scalability Is what Volkswagen did really any different that what …

When hosting data on Amazon turns bloodsport

There’s a strong trend to automation across the cloud. That’s a great thing for startups because it reduces operational headaches & lets them focus on building products. Join 31,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. But as that trend begins to touch the database tier, all sorts of complications emerge. Let’s take a …

Replicate MySQL to Amazon Redshift with Tungsten: The good, the bad & the ugly

Heterogenous replication involves moving data from one database platform to another. This is a complicated endevour because datatypes, date & time formats, and a whole lot more tend to differ across platforms. In fact it’s so complex many enterprises simply employ a commercial solution to take away the drudgery. Join 31,000 others and follow Sean …

Wrestling with bears or how I tamed Tungsten replicator

I just dove into Tungsten replicator very recently as I need to replicate from Amazon RDS to Redshift. I’d heard a lot of great things about Tungsten, but had yet to really dig my heels in. Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I fetched the binary and began to dig through …

Is upgrading RDS like a shit-storm that will not end?

Join 29,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Can RDS worsen an outage ?? That’s another way to think about this question. In my experience, it very clearly increases outages, by tying one or both hands behind your back. Believe me when I say, that is terribly frustrating when you’re putting out fires! …

Is Zero downtime even possible on RDS?

Join 36,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Oh RDS, you offer such promise, but damn it if the devil isn’t always buried in the details. By the way, I write an article like this every month, covering consulting lessons, tech trends, cloud and startup innovation. Get the next one via email. Diving …