I wanted to do a Chef talk, despite my on-again, off-again love/hate relationship with Chef (AKA learning process) because for the past year or so, I have had to become proficient with Chef to manage database resources since this is how databases are provisioned at HPCS. First, filling in as a DBA while they were in the process of the OPs team hiring full-time DBAs, and now with my HP Cloud DNS team where we have used chef to deploy our entire stack. I have grown to like Chef quite a bit and despite being a Perl guy at heart, like Ruby now as well. I wanted to share my experiences as well as help DBAs who will encounter Chef be better acquainted with it and know in advance how to learn more rapidly than did I, as well as consider using Chef to build out database and other component infrastructure. I asked Peter Boros if he'd be kind enough to also present with me. I have worked with him in developing MySQL cookbooks: one for Percona XtraDB Cluster (Galera) as well as his replication/pacemaker cookbook. We'll start basic and then show the really useful components of our cookbooks that make setting up a cluster or replication in a much more automated, quick and easy fashion than manually doing so.
With the Red Dwarf talk, I wanted to give Vipul, the DBaaS team lead as well as Jim Cooley, director of Data Services at HPCS, an opportunity to discuss with me Red Dwarf, the OpenStack project that is being used by HPCS and Rackspace to build out their DBaaS products. I have been involved to some degree though they have more insight into more recent developments and enhancements with the project. It makes for an interesting topic of how great technology works that provides DBaaS.