Speaker Interview: Nina Kaufman

Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

A: Hello! My name is Nina and I've been working at Procore Technologies for three and a half years. I'm a senior site reliability engineer, and I help manage the performance, scalability, and reliability of our many services and applications. I also enjoy mentoring engineering college students through programs at universities like UC Santa Barbara. I'm really interested in networking and security, and I'm currently taking the OSCP certification course.


Q: You're giving a talk on Creating a Postgres disaster recovery automation plan. Without tipping your hand on the actual talk, can you give us an idea of what we might expect?

A: I think that disaster recovery automation is something that may seem daunting at first, but I want to show that it's actually not difficult to put the right measures in place to safely recover data in event of emergency. It's always good to have a net to fall back on so you can breathe easy when things are on fire.


Q: Is this your first visit to SCALE? If so, what are your expectations? If not, can you give us your impressions of the event?

A: This is my first visit to SCALE and I'm incredibly excited. My coworkers and friends have been attending SCALE for years now and I've heard nothing but great things about the speakers and talks. Because of all the great things I've heard, I've watched many of the talks online--one of my favorites is the "EXPLAIN Explained" talk from 2016.