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Hacking SaaS #21 - Design of Cloud Native Databases
Fair warning: this edition isn’t fluffy. Get ready for a collection of deep-dives into the most interesting architectures currently running at scale.
Over the last few months, I read a lot of papers, docs, and in-depth presentations that describe the design of some of the most successful and popular cloud-native databases. I think this collection will be useful or at least fascinating to any senior software developer or architect.
Most of the links here are worth an hour of your time, in a nice quiet spot, with your favorite beverage. I’d also put some light jazz for the atmosphere.
If you prefer lighter, shorter, more practical, or more beginner-friendly content - I promise to make it up to you in the next edition.
Massively Scaling MySQL Using Vitess (Video, slides, and transcription or presentation)
Yugabyte architecture (26 articles in 9 sections)
Google’s Spanner / F1: (all papers)
Non-relational and possibly non-databases
Building and Operating a Pretty Big Storage System (My Adventures in Amazon S3) (Video of presentation)
AWS re: Invent 2019: Beyond eleven nines: Lessons from Amazon S3 culture of durability (Video of presentation)
On SaaS Developer Youtube
My interview with one of our SaaS Developer Heroes - Jeffrey Sherman.
We discussed his “Never Rewrite” philosophy and how it applies even to early-stage companies building their MVPs. We also discuss the critical design decisions engineers have to make in the early days of building the product: Tabs or spaces, pooled tenants or siloed, Micro-services or monolith... And who makes these decisions? And Jeffrey shared funny stories related to these decisions and other common scenarios when building SaaS.