DevOps Tutorial: how to automate your database infrastructure

Presented by Riaan Nolan and Art van Scheppingen
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Join our guest speaker Riaan Nolan of, the First Puppet Labs Certified Professional in South Africa, as he walks us through the facets of DevOps integrations and the mission-critical advantages that database automation can bring to your database infrastructure.

Infrastructure automation isn’t easy, but it’s not rocket science either. Done right, it is a worthwhile investment, but deciding on which tools to invest in can be a confusing and overwhelming process. Riaan will share some of his secrets on how to proceed with this and he knows what he’s talking about: he saves the companies he works for substantial amounts on their monthly IT bills, typically around 50%.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to understand how you can find efficiencies for your database infrastructure and do watch this webinar to understand the key pain points, which indicate that it’s time to invest in database automation.


  • DevOps and databases - what are the challenges
  • Managing databases in a DevOps environment
    • Requirements from microservice environments
    • Automated deployments
    • Performance monitoring
    • Backups
    • Schema changes
    • Version upgrades
    • Automated failover
    • Integration with ChatOps and other tools
  • Data distribution
    • Database hosting in cloud environments
    • Managing data flows
  • Cloud Automation on AWS


Riaan Nolan

Riaan Nolan was the First Puppet Labs Certified Professional in South Africa. Riaan uses Amazon EC2, VPC and Autoscale with Cloudformation to spin up complete stacks with Autoscaling Fleets. He saves companies substantial amounts on their monthly IT bills, typically around 50% - yes, at one company that meant $500k+ per year. And he’s participated in a number of community tech related forums. He uses next generation technologies such as AWS, Cloudformation, Autoscale, Puppet, GlusterFS, NGINX, Magento and PHP to power huge eCommerce stores. His specialties are Puppet Automation, Cloud Deployments, eCommerce, eMarketing, Specialized Linux Services, Windows, Process making, Budgets, Asset Tracking, Procurement.

  • Devops Lead, Mukuru
  • Expert Live Systems Administrator, foodpanda | Hellofood
  • Senior Systems Administrator / Infrastructure Lead, Rocket Internet GmbH
  • Senior Technology Manager, Africa Internet Accelerator
Art van Scheppingen

Art van Scheppingen is a Senior Support Engineer at Severalnines. He’s a pragmatic MySQL and Database expert with over 15 years experience in web development. He previously worked at Spil Games as Head of Database Engineering, where he kept a broad vision upon the whole database environment: from MySQL to Couchbase, Vertica to Hadoop and from Sphinx Search to SOLR. He regularly presents his work and projects at various conferences (Percona Live, FOSDEM) and related meetups.

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