Solution Architects play a major role in an organization because they help get customers up and running and ensures that customers will be successful in their deployments. I had the lucky opportunity to speak with Eyal Gutkind of ScyllaDB to learn more about what he does and his exciting involvement at the upcoming Scylla Summit 2017. Let’s learn more about Eyal and the upcoming sessions.
Please tell us about yourself and what you do at ScyllaDB?
I head the Solution Architect team here at ScyllaDB. Previously, I held Product Management roles at Mirantis and DataStax. Prior to DataStax I spent 12 years with Mellanox Technologies in various engineering management and Product Marketing roles. I have a BSc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ben Gurion University and an MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Why did you want to become a Solutions Architect?
Coming from Product Management jobs, I wanted more technical and hands-on and really learn the product and how it is used. You kinda loose that on the Product side and it felt like something I was missing. I like to be hands-on with the product and enjoy working with the customers and solving their problems.
What is your daily schedule like at ScyllaDB?
Typically we have at least a couple of calls a day with prospects in which we explain the benefits of Scylla. Some of those potential customers are knowledgeable about the Apache Cassandra architecture and some are not. We do a lot of listening and learning their uses cases to help them have a good Scylla experience.
We work hand-in-hand with new users to ensure that their environment is performant and resilient for their application or use case. We help them tune Scylla, assist with data modeling, and how to use auxiliary services with Scylla.
We also help them migrate from other databases to Scylla. We do our best to minimize an interruption of their services. When the migration is complete, we move them to a production stage and help them monitor Scylla to ensure that they are getting the best performance possible.
We learn a lot from customers and their pain points. We investigate how to make Scylla easier and better and are in constant communication with Product Management to address the concerns. We write documentation, blog posts, and cheat sheets to help customers get up and running easier and have a better understanding of Scylla.
What will you be doing at Scylla Summit 2017?
First, I will be doing pre-summit training at the Summit on Monday, October 23. People can attend the training and learn the core competencies and how to manage a Scylla Cluster. I will also have an optional hands-on lab to install and use Scylla on their own device.
The training session is targeted for both novice and first-time users of Scylla. The benefits for novice users is a smooth and comprehensive introduction of Scylla. For the first-time users, I will cover best practices and extra information on how to maintain and operate a Scylla Cluster in an efficient way and discuss both server and client side optimizations.
Finally, I will touch data modeling, using and deploying Spark, Kafka, and Elasticsearch along with Scylla, and the best practices for deploying a system with multiple components such as analytics, timeseries, and search workloads interacting with a Scylla-based data repository.
After that, I will be doing an Ignite Talk on how to optimize and reduce inter-datacenter network traffic. Inter-network traffic costs money by your ISP or cloud service provider. Reducing traffic helps save organizations a lot of money. Although you minimize the bandwidth consumption, you will still get the data resiliency that Scylla provides. In the talk, people will learn how to correctly setup a multi-datacenter deployment with Scylla.
Where can we learn more information about your talk?
How can the people get in touch with you?
The best way to get in touch with me is through our public Slack channel. There’s where I spend most of my time interacting with people.
Thank you very much, Eyal. We can not wait to see your talk in person and learn more. If you want to attend Scylla Summit 2017 and enjoy more talks like this one, please register here.
Scylla Summit is taking place in San Francisco, CA on October 24-25. Check out the full agenda on our website to learn about the rest of the talks—including technical talks from the Scylla team, the Scylla roadmap, and a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to get the most out of your Scylla cluster.