Hotsos Symposium Speakers – Kyle Towle & Sarah Brydon

Kyle Towle is a returning and Sarah Brydon is a new 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.

Sarah BrydonSarah is an accomplished technologist and currently database engineer and member of the technical staff at PayPal with more than two decades of experience with Oracle and UNIX-based applications. An Oracle DBA since 1996, Sarah has worked with all versions of Oracle from 7.1 and is an Oracle Certified Master. She presented at OOW 2012.

Presentation Title

Database Cloud Performance and Scalability


PayPal is testing a new Oracle database technology stack over the next three to four months based on the cloud/virtualization stack. A primary driver is the need for speed to deployment for new databases. Sarah and Kyle are addressing this need via the use of the EM 12c cloud portal and self-service provisioning software. They are building the virtualized database infrastructure as an in-house appliance-based solution with Oracle VM on top of Cisco UCS blades and Netapp NAS storage.

This presentation will provide data and/or a demonstration on the ability to rapidly provision a high performance RAC database into a virtualized/cloud environment and deliver extreme performance via PayPal internal benchmarks. Sarah and Kyle plan to deliver this to the PayPal site in 2013, and testing should be concluded in Q4, 2012. The presentation will include results — good, bad and/or ugly.

Presentation Materials

Presentation materials are available online to attendees only.


The speaker schedule is as follows: