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SLOconf 2023 QA: ScyllaDB Showcases ScyllaDB Serverless and Extensions to Their Open Source DynamoDB API


SLOconf is the only event dedicated to the practice and application of Service Level Objectives (SLOs). Taking place May 15-18, SLOconf 2023 is a virtual event now in its third year. The agenda will include more than 70 speakers with presentations laser-focused on all aspects of SLOs. 

In this exclusive pre-show Q&A, we're speaking with Wayne Ariola, CxO at ScyllaDB. ScyllaDB is a distributed database for data-intensive apps that require high performance and low latency.

VMblog:  To kick things off, give VMblog readers a quick overview of the company. 

Wayne Ariola:  ScyllaDB is the database for data-intensive applications that require high throughput and low latency. It enables teams to harness the ever-increasing computing power of modern infrastructures - eliminating barriers to scale as data grows. Unlike any other database, ScyllaDB is built with deep architectural advancements that enable exceptional end-user experiences at radically lower costs. Over 400 game-changing companies like Disney+ Hotstar, Expedia, Discord,, Zillow, Starbucks, Comcast, and Samsung use ScyllaDB for their toughest database challenges. 

VMblog:  What are the market needs or problems that your company is solving for these attendees? 

Ariola:  ScyllaDB enables today's top gamechangers (Discord, Disney+ Hotstar, Hulu, Zillow, Tripadvisor, Expedia...) to power engaging experiences with impressive speed - and at rapidly-increasing scale.  We help data-intensive applications handle more data, faster, and at a lower cost because we efficiently tap the power of modern cloud infrastructure. ScyllaDB is scalable to terabytes or petabytes storage, and capable of millions of IOPS at single-digit millisecond latencies.

VMblog:  What sets you apart from the competition? 

Ariola:  ScyllaDB is uniquely architected to capitalize on continuing hardware innovations. Its close-to-the-metal, shared nothing design delivers greater performance for a fraction of the cost of DynamoDB, Apache Cassandra, MongoDB, and Google Bigtable. While other NoSQL databases are effectively insulated from the underlying hardware, ScyllaDB fully capitalizes on processor, memory, network, and storage innovation to maximize performance and use less infrastructure.

VMblog:  Is your company launching anything new at the show? Can you give us a sneak peek? 

Ariola:  We recently announced some major ScyllaDB updates, including ScyllaDB Serverless, extensions to our open source DynamoDB API, and a major milestone on our path to strong consistency. There are a number of posts about these topics on the ScyllaDB blog.

VMblog:  What are the trends your company is seeing that we should be aware of in 2023 and beyond? 

Ariola:  The forces driving this next tech cycle not only mean more data, but also new pressures on the database. Organizations are now performing up to 100x more queries than before, on data sets that are often 10x larger than before. Data is being enriched, cleaned, streamed, fed into AI/ML pipelines, replicated, and cached from multiple sources. That's why it's more important than ever to have a database that's up to the task. 


Published Tuesday, May 09, 2023 11:33 AM by David Marshall
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