Derek J. Balling

Derek J. Balling

Technical Program Manager

Dublin, Ireland


Derek J. Balling started as a Linux system administrator in 1996. He has helped build and maintain server infrastructure for companies like Yahoo and, and institutions like Vassar College. He has also written articles for The Perl Journal and a number of online magazines, and served on the Program Committee for the 2008 LISA (Large Installation System Administration) Conference.

He is currently employed as a Technical Program Manager within Site Reliability Engineering at Google.



“This is one of the best database technology books I've read, and the best one on MySQL...this book is really a tour de force for understanding MySQL database technology. Go get a copy!”
— Sean P. Hull,
High Performance MySQL is yet another stellar book from O'Reilly. The book is co-written by ex-Yahoo! employee Jeremy Zawodny. With a popular site like Yahoo!, one of the crucial elements of their backend is making sure the performance of the site remains high. MySQL is notorious for not having well-documented literature on the issues of reliability, scalability and performance. This book teaches many strategies and techniques that allow your MySQL-powered application to perform much smoother.”
— Glen Stansberry, NETTUTS
“This is a good book that is well worth the cost. While it is not a newbie book, there is plenty here for novice and expert alike. I can pretty much guarantee that if you work with, or want to work with, MySQL, you will get some value from it.”
— Lewis Cunningham, MySQL Database News