Capacity vs Efficiency: Building a Globally Scalable Cloud Database

Thursday, December 08, 2022 - 11:00 am12:00 pm AEDT

Daniel Marshall, Google LLC


The last 2 years have shown countless examples of products massively scaling up capacity from sudden shifts to a digital-first approach. At the same time, global chip shortages limit the availability of machine capacity, and economic conditions require cost-effectiveness and minimal over-provisioning.

This talk focuses on striding the line between capacity and efficiency, using lessons learned from operating and scaling Google Cloud Firestore to discuss how and where to make trade-offs, and strategies to optimise for both.

Daniel Marshall, Google LLC

Daniel is an SRE at Google Sydney, where he's been working on Cloud Native Databases for the past 3 years. In a prior life he was an electronics engineer, and helped build the data centers he now runs software in.

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@conference {284907,
author = {Daniel Marshall},
title = {Capacity vs Efficiency: Building a Globally Scalable Cloud Database},
year = {2022},
address = {Sydney},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = dec

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