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Facebook’s User DB — Is it SQL or NoSQL?

Updated March 2019.

Ever wondered which database Facebook (FB) uses to store the profiles of its 2.3B+ users? Is it SQL or NoSQL? How has FB database architecture evolved over the last 15+ years? As an engineer in FB database infrastructure team from 2007 to 2013, I had a front row seat in witnessing this evolution. There are invaluable lessons to be learned by better understanding the database evolution at the world’s largest social network,

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NoSQL vs SQL in 2017

Came across the image below here and this made me smile. Not because of the implied complexity of choosing a database, but the reality with which this flow chart captures the state of the database world today in 2017. Of course, running whatever database you end up choosing in production is a whole another order of complexity.

I have been working on distributed systems for the last 10+ years.

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