System management can be a big deal. At Etsy, we DBAs have been feeling the pain of getting spread too thin. You get a nice glibc vulnerability and have to patch and reboot hundreds of servers. There goes your plans for the week.
We decided last year to embark on a 2016 mission to get better performance, easier management and reduced power utilization through a farm reduction in server count for our user generated, sharded data.
Scoping the Problems
Taking on a massive project to replace your entire fleet of hardware is not an easy sell, especially when on the surface it seems like everything is fine. As DBAs, we experienced …[Read more...]