Facebook and MySQL

I already knew that Facebook was powered by MySQL but was curious about just how Facebook use the open source database platform.

Recently I found this article where at the bottom of the page, you can find a fascinating two hour video by the Facebook MySQL team talking about their implementation of the RDBMS.

Some statistics to wet your appetite:

  • Virtually every user interaction such as likes, shares, status updates, alerts, requests, etc are handled by MySQL.
  • 500 million of its 800 million active monthly user base visit the site daily.
  • 350 million mobile users pulling and pushing status updates constantly.
  • 60 million queries per second.

For the full article and video, you can view it here

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About Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is a DBA working with SQL Server since version 7.0. He has a wonderful wife and two beautiful children. He loves database technology, playing cricket, and blogging. He is passionate about sharing his experiences as a DBA and learning more to further his understanding and knowledge. You can follow me on Twitter, check out my Facebook page or follow me on

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