PlanetScale prepares for interplanetary database clusters

April 1, 2020

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Interplanetary Clusters Team

After launching our multi-region, multi-cloud feature, we have decided to provide greater availability and fault tolerance for your databases by expanding our supported regions outside of Earth.

We chose Mars because of the low low real estate prices and temperatures. Although interplanetary data replication involves some increased latency, we are seriously investigating FTL data transfer protocols. Lack of hurricanes, rodents, and children wandering into the data center with sticky drinks are also attractive features of the Red Planet. We are evaluating the potential risk from extraterrestrial bad actors, and will update our SLA accordingly.

The brilliant engineers at PlanetScale intuited that even though astronomers think that the launch window for going to Mars is from July 17th to August 5th, 2020, there is in fact an opportunity for a 24-hour launch window on April 1st, 2020. 

A space company based out of Southern California has agreed to launch our first payload tonight on the ship named “Mistake Not …”, in collaboration with all major cloud vendors. We expect two regions on Mars, one on top of Olympus Mons, and one at the bottom of Hellas Planitia operational within the next 18 months. 

You will be able to distribute the masters and replicas of your databases across 12 regions on Earth and 2 regions on Mars. We have identified comets with appropriate orbits where we plan to instantiate object storage which will be used for backups. 

Jiten Vaidya, the CEO of PlanetScale and a science fiction buff said, “Catastrophic events may encompass planets, so you need to build your databases with interplanetary resilience. You don’t want to lose the accumulated knowledge of the human race, er... your accounting data for the last 20 years.”