Making the Impossible Possible with ZFS: Disposable Staging Environments At Scale

April 17, 2013 - by rachelbalik

At ZFS Day 2012, Eric Sproul of OmniTI spoke about how ZFS helped them to solve a critical business problem for their client Etsy. OmniTI was faced with the challenge of helping Etsy do periodic reporting on their massive business-intelligence (BI) database. They needed to run intensive BI database queries on rapidly changing data. To do this, they harnessed the power of ZFS to create lightweight, yet writable, clones of production data that could be deleted when the report was done. The side effect was that they could also stand up staging environments at any time to test upgrades, schema changes and anything else that needed to be validated against real data.

Watch the talk below and follow along with the slides here.