Sean Hull

Sean Hull

Scalability & Web Operations Expert. Specializing in MySQL & EC2 Migrations, Disaster Recovery, Agile Deployments, and Database Performance.

  • @hullsean

New York, New York

Areas of Expertise:

  • Web Scalability
  • EC2 Migrations
  • MySQL Migrations
  • Cloud Scalability
  • MySQL Performance
  • High Availability
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Database Management
  • SQL Tuning
  • NoSQL
  • Drupal
  • PHP
  • LAMP Stack Optimization
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • programming
  • training
  • writing
Sean Hull is founder of Heavyweight Internet Group, author, speaker, and advisor with twenty years independent consulting experience. Specializing in scalability of high traffic web applications, at notable firms such as Hollywood Reporter, NBC/iVillage, Zagat, Rent The Runway & ideeli.
  • Author of "Oracle and Open Source" - O'Reilly, April 2001
  • Published in DatabaseJournal.com, Oracle Technology Network, NY Oracle User Group, International Oracle User Group SELECT, EFY India and DBA Zine
  • Fourteen years experience as an independent consultant in all aspects of Database and Unix Systems Administration
  • Experience with small startups, and fortune 500 companies
  • Diverse technology background, and exposure
  • Very strong writing, and client-facing people skills
  • Experience running small business (accounting, sales, marketing, hiring, management, strategic decision making, managing budget, contract negotiation, project scoping etc)
  • Experience working with ad-hoc teams
  • Experience working with geographically distributed teams using skype, email, conferencing, instant messaging, wikis, ticketing systems, software repositories, and web project tracking tools

Oracle and Open Source Oracle and Open Source
by Andy Duncan, Sean Hull
April 2001
Print: $54.99

Sean blogs at:

Howto automate MySQL slow query analysis with amazon RDS

June 02 2014

If you’ve used relational databases for more than ten minutes, I hope you’ve heard of slow queries. Those are those pesky little gremlins that are slowing down your startup, and preventing scalability you so desperately need. Luckily there’s a solution. What I’ve found is if I send a report to… read more

What happens when you combine devops & continuous delivery into a card game?

May 28 2014

Join 25,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Alex Papadimoulis & the guys at Inedo put together CodeMash The Game an interesting game for a new twist to conference going. Now they’re at it again with a kickstarter to build Release! a game about devops & continuous delivery.… read more

Is Amazon RDS hard to manage?

May 20 2014

Join 26,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I once rented an apartment while traveling in Europe. Unfortunately I didn’t speak the local language of French. So when I got there I had trouble coordinating. After about twenty minutes of frustration, I found someone who could help. They… read more

Why I ask clients for a deposit

May 13 2014

Join 25,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. It indicates both parties are serious A common refrain when discussing terms of a project, and reviewing statement of work – “when shall we get started?”. The answer should be, “I’m ready to get started anytime you like. Would… read more

Is Dave Eggers right about the risks of social media?

April 29 2014

I have to admit, though Egger’s is a pretty famous author, I wasn’t familiar with his work. I do however read AVC regularly, the writing of renowned VC & Union Square Ventures partner Fred Wilson. So when one of the commenters pointed to the book as a great read I… read more

If you use MySQL in the Amazon cloud, you need to ask yourself this question

April 21 2014

Join 25,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Are you serious about backups? If you’re just using Amazon EBS snapshots, that may not be sufficient. There’s a good chance it won’t protect you against your next data loss. That’s why I like to have a few different types… read more

How to increase newsletter signup conversions with nifty iphone trick

April 09 2014

If you’re like me & spending a lot of time on twitter, I hope you’re also seeing the traffic growth I’m seeing. I’m sharing a stream of posts using hootsuite, then actively engaging with journalists, VCs, startups & technology experts. That’s all great, and I’m finding more and more it’s… read more

5 Things I learned about bitcoin from Chris Dixon, Balaji Srinivasan & a16z

March 26 2014

I’ve avoided the bitcoin hype for long enough. I’ve watched a bit on the periphery, but recently been doing a bit more research. Then I bumped into the new Andreessen Horowitz podcast, and got a crash course on it! Join 21k others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. http://blog.pmarca.com/2014/01/22/why-bitcoin-matters/… read more

Why tracking can make or break your content efforts

March 18 2014

I’ve become a social media fiend in the past year. Mostly because it’s working. The number of prospects & leads I get each month has been steadily rising. Here’s how I track. I hope it will help you too! Join 20k others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. The… read more

5 cloud ideas that aren’t actually true

March 13 2014

Join 20,000 others and follow Sean Hull’s scalability, startup & innovation content on twitter @hullsean. Cloud computing is heralding us into a wonderful era where computing can be bought in small increments, like a utility. This changes the whole way we plan, manage budgets, and accelerates startups making them more… read more

Why managers & CTO’s underestimate operational costs

March 05 2014

Join 19k others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Technology choices & talent shortage I worked at one firm evaluating their technology stack. When we got to the programming language, I paused in my tracks. “Haskell” I asked? “Oh you haven’t heard of it? It’s a really cool… read more

5 Things I Learned From David Maister About Trust & Advising Clients

February 26 2014

Join 18,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. If you’re a freelancer, consultant, or service provider of any kind, you can surely gain a lot from reading David Maister’s book The Trusted Advisor. There are so many ways we can improve, let’s take a look. 1. Consider Traits… read more

Webcast: MySQL Upgrades With No Downtime
July 27, 2010
In this webcast we'll discuss a two-node MySQL multi-master replication setup. We'll take the audience step-by-step through the process, and then uses MMM (MySQL Multi-master Manager) to manage & automate the process exposing a virtual IP address...

Webcast - DRBD and MySQL - An HA Match Made In Heaven
January 19, 2010
DRBD has grown in popularity as an excellent low-cost high availability solution for MySQL. It provides synchronous replication of your data without MySQL having to worry too much about the details. Combined with Linux Heartbeat, and you have automatic...

Webcast - Hands-on: Step-by-step MySQL Clustering Setup
August 04, 2009
MySQL's Clustering solution provides some pretty sophisticated functionality. In this webcast we'll take you through getting it up and running on your laptop or single node server, building a sandbox where you can play with the dials and levers and get...

Webcast - MySQL Replication: Audit, Test, & Verify
January 22, 2009
In this live online event, Sean Hull (Oracle and Open Source) will talk about why MySQL slaves get out of sync with the master, both in terms of things that happen in the application and in MySQL's implementation of statement-based replication. He'll...