In this episode, Chris and Martin discuss storage engine efficiency and performance with Speedb CEO, Adi Gelvan. Storage engines form the core of all databases, providing the translation between the structured form of data the application sees, and the way in which data is written onto physical media like disks or SSDs. The performance and resiliency of a database is directly affected by the performance of the storage engine. Speedb has developed technology that optimises the underlying engine for many applications – RocksDB. Optimisation is more than pure performance. Database scaling involves sharding – splitting a database using some characteristic of the data. The result of sharding is increased costs and complexity, especially in the public cloud. Adi explains how Speedb helps avoid sharding and reduces resource consumption.