Hotsos Symposium Speaker – Kyle Towle

Kyle Towle is a returning Hotsos Symposium presenter.


Kyle TowleKyle is the technical lead for the database engineering team at Paypal, and a senior member of the technical staff. He is an expert in VLDB performance, scalability and high availability. Kyle has previously presented at Hotsos in 2009, 2012 and OOW in 2010, 2011.

Presentation Title

Successful Performance Testing and Benchmarking Practices


Performance testing and benchmarking is one of the most widely misunderstood practices and efforts a DBA will undertake. At PayPal, Kyle has successfully established working benchmarking practices which correctly quantify the gains/losses of a new database infrastructure, simulate realistic workload patterns without risking restricted data being moved into a lab environment, require minimal investment to create new benchmarks and rapidly reproduce issues/bugs that affect the live site in a lab environment thereby allowing Oracle, IBM and other vendors to get good RCA on some cases of extremely complex interoperability issues that would not be possible to reproduce anywhere else. This presentation will be about sharing PayPal's practices and experiences as well as the what, how and why of performance testing and benchmarking.

Presentation Materials

Presentation materials are available online to attendees only.


The speaker schedule is as follows: