ScyllaDB recently announced Project Alternator, a new open source project that will enable Amazon DynamoDB users to easily migrate to an open source database that runs anywhere — on most cloud platforms, on-premises, on bare-metal, virtual machines or via Kubernetes — all while preserving their investments in their existing application code.

Project Alternator will help DynamoDB users achieve much better and more reliable performance, reduce database costs by 80% - 90%, support large items (10s of MBs) and large partitions (multiple GBs), control the number of replicas, balance cost vs. redundancy, and much more.

Join ScyllaDB founders Avi Kivity and Dor Laor and lead engineer Nadav Har’El for a live webinar on September 25th, where they will share an overview of Project Alternator, including:

  • Alternator’s design implementation and goals
  • How to configure Alternator (ok, add alternator_port: 8000 to your scylla.yaml)
  • Demo how to easily run it from docker/rpm
  • Run several examples:
    • Tic-tac-toe based DynamoDB example with Alternator
    • How to benchmark Scylla Alternator with YCSB and considerations around it
    • How to run a serverless application along with Alternator
    • How to migrate DynamoDB data to Alternator using the Spark migrator
  • Discuss the current limitations of Alternator

Plus we will discuss current limitations of Alternator, describe different consistencies and active-active vs leader model, share the project roadmap, and answer your questions at the end.


Speaker bio

dor laor
Dor Laor, CEO, ScyllaDB
Dor Laor is the CEO of ScyllaDB. Previously, Dor was part of the founding team of the KVM hypervisor under Qumranet that was acquired by Red Hat. At Red Hat Dor was managing the KVM and Xen development for several years. Dor holds an MSc from the Technion and a Phd in snowboarding.
avi kivity
Avi Kivity, CTO, ScyllaDB
Avi Kivity, CTO of ScyllaDB, is known mostly for starting the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) project, the hypervisor underlying many production clouds. He has worked for Qumranet and Red Hat as KVM maintainer until December 2012. Avi is now CTO of ScyllaDB, a company that seeks to bring the same kind of innovation to the public cloud space.
nadav har'el
Nadav Har’El, Distinguished Engineer, ScyllaDB
Nadav Har’El has had a diverse 20-year career in computer programming and computer science. In the past he worked on scientific computing, networking software, and information retrieval, but in recent years his focus has been on virtualization and operating systems, and among other things he has worked on nested virtualization and exit-less I/O in KVM, and today he maintains the OSv kernel and also works on Seastar and ScyllaDB.

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