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PlanetScale is growing rapidly and reinventing the database space. We have built the database for developers unlike any others – we kept the good parts of the relational database and left behind the baggage. Because our 'touch of the button' solutions are so unique, our customers choose to entrust us with what is often their most precious digital assets, so the stakes couldn't be higher.

The Problem

Relational databases are awesome. They support foreign keys, transactions and SQL. They are powerful, well-understood, well-supported and battle hardened. But because they support the powerful SQL, it is easy for an un-experienced developer to write a query that brings the whole database down. They also do not scale beyond a single node.

What if there was a way to keep all the advantages of a relational database, but have the ability to horizontally scale them like a NoSQL system? What if there was a system that provided guardrails that protected databases from toxic queries? What if all this could be achieved with minimal changes to your application while letting it view your sharded MySQL cluster as a giant monolithic database?

The Solution

The year was 2010 and two early engineers at YouTube were contemplating these problems. They built the open source system Vitess to solve them. Over the years, as Youtube databases moved from proprietary hardware to Google’s internal cloud (Borg), it acquired all the features a distributed system needs to work well with ephemeral instances in cloud - excellent observability, robust service discovery, and a solid master failover story. In 2015, Vitess was discovered by companies outside Youtube and now companies such as Slack, Square (Cash), depend on Vitess for scaling and serving their relational data.

At PlanetScale, we help businesses solve their relational data scaling problems by deploying and operationalizing Vitess clusters on premise as well as in cloud. We build and run a cloud-agnostic (AWS, GCP, Azure) DBaaS solution based on Vitess.

Our goal is to make it a breeze to deploy and operate Vitess/MySQL clusters on premise as well as in cloud.  Your job is to make sure our infrastructure and architecture scales to meet those and many more demands, especially as we support multiple clouds, evolve the platform, and run our own database as a service based on Vitess.

What’s the job to be done?

  • You will operate database clusters and our control plane in public clouds. 
  • You will scale our infrastructure and solve novel software and systems engineering challenges along the way. 
  • You will seek out and pursue opportunities to simplify and streamline systems and processes. 
  • You will be challenged to build high quality, sustainable systems with empathy and compassion for users and colleagues.
  • You will build systems and networks to enable running databases at scale in the cloud.
  • You will help to establish, deploy, and monitor security and operations best practices.
  • You will ship new product features, reliability improvements, and optimizations with engineers alongside folks across the company.
  • You will investigate and fix risks to user-facing and internal system availability using a systematic approach.
  • You will work to improve the pace of new development and deployment while improving systems safety.
  • You will deploy and improve telemetry, logging, and alerting to provide broad operational visibility.
  • You will automate operational tasks and remediations to reduce toil.

These attributes best describe you…

  • You believe in maintaining collaborative, creative, and safe teams that are empowered to ship software and bring out the best in your colleagues.
  • You have an understanding of how to navigate a bit of chaos - we are a growing company, and you feel comfortable decreasing ambiguity and creating alignment
  • You have a focus on creating products that people want to use - not just products that work, but something that is fun to use
  • You believe in high productivity, high autonomy environments that reward excellent work and provide the tools and support to back it up. We don’t leave our teammates to fend for themselves, or send them on aimless expeditions
  • You and your colleagues are committed to helping you achieve your potential, holding you accountable, and making sure that you always know where you stand. 
  • You value the growth and opportunity that comes with working at an early-stage, fast-paced startup. This doesn’t mean stress and overwork, but the opportunity to work in and around every function of the business, and learn from some of the best. 

What you will need

  • Experience designing, building, and operating large systems with stringent availability and security requirements.
  • Exposure to public cloud and hybrid architectures, particularly using Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and/or Microsoft Azure.
  • Knowledge of Linux, particularly related to debugging, security, and container technologies.
  • Experience running, debugging, and optimizing underlying Kubernetes systems and the applications running atop them.
  • Background writing software in a mix of languages, particularly Go, C/C++, Rust, and Python. Shell scripting expertise is also relevant.
  • Experience with configuration management and infrastructure-as-code (i.e. Terraform)
  • Experience collaborating and negotiating with third party vendors, such as public cloud service providers.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills that enable working with people across a range of disciplines.

What else will help you be successful

  • Experience working on or managing an all-remote team
  • Exposure to relational databases at scale
  • A knack for threading multiple disciplines to build a more successful product


At PlanetScale we believe in supporting people to do their best work and thrive no matter the location. Our mission is to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company. We strive to build an inclusive environment where all people feel that they are equally respected and valued, whether they are a candidate or an employee. We welcome applicants of any educational background, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, citizenship, socioeconomic status, disability, pregnancy status, and veteran status.

If you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!



Perks at PlanetScale

Work with top tier teammates around the globe
Competitive salary & equity
Unlimited PTO

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