Grant McAlister is a Senior Principal Engineer at Amazon Web Services where he works on RDS - Amazon's Relational Database Service, the service he helped found 8 years ago. Prior to AWS, Grant was responsible for the performance, scalability and availability of Amazon's databases. Before joining Amazon.com in 1999, Grant worked as an Independent Database Consultant and as a Senior Principle Consultant for Oracle Corporation. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Alberta.