How Do You Eat An Elephant? (RICON East 2013)

How Do You Eat An Elephant? (RICON East 2013)

Presented by Theo Schlossnagle and Robert Treat at RICON East 2013

When OmniTI first set out to build a next generation monitoring system, we turned to one of our most trusted tools for data management; Postgres. While this worked well for developing the initial Open Source application, as we continued to grow the Circonus public monitoring service, we eventually ran into scaling issues. This talk will cover some of the changes we made to make the original Postgres system work better, talk about some of the other systems we evaluated, and discuss the eventual solution to our problem; building our own time series database. Of course, that's only half the story. We'll also go into how we swapped out these backend data storage pieces in our production environment, all the while capturing and reporting on millions of metrics, without downtime or customer interruption.

About Theo

Theo Schlossnagle is a Founder and Principal at OmniTI where he designs and implements scalable solutions for highly trafficked sites and other clients in need of sound, scalable architectural engineering. He is the architect of the highly scalable Momentum mail transport agent, principal architect of Fontdeck, which delivers professional typefaces optimized for the web, Project Lead and Architect for OmniOS, an Illumos based operating system distribution, and Founder and Principal Architect of Circonus, a cloud platform designed for monitoring and marrying systems and business analytics. He authored Scalable Internet Architectures (Sams) and is a veteran speaker in the open source conference circuit. A member of the Apache Software Foundation and IEEE, and senior member of the ACM, he serves on the editoral board of ACM’s Queue Magazine.

About Robert

Working on database backed, internet based systems for over a decade, Robert Treat 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, a consultancy focused on building and managing large scale web infrastructure.


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