Seth Centerbar, Database Engineer and Developer in Columbus, GA, United States
Seth Centerbar

Database Engineer and Developer in Columbus, GA, United States

Member since August 13, 2020
Seth is an experienced database engineer with a history of implementing configuration management and infrastructure as code at scale across dozens of SaaS applications. He has experience monitoring, tuning, and reducing the cost of numerous OLTP databases, focusing primarily on MySQL, DynamoDB, and Elasticsearch. His software and data engineering skills set him apart from traditional database administrators. He is detail-oriented, team-focused, and believes in the power of quality documentation.
Seth is now available for hire


  • Togetherwork
    AWS DynamoDB, AWS Lambda, AWS Athena, Elasticsearch, SQL Server 2016, Percona...
  • SANS Institute
    REST, Cloud Microservices, Serverless Architecture, Serverless Framework...



Columbus, GA, United States



Preferred Environment

DataGrip, MacOS, Vim Text Editor, VS Code, Skype, Slack, Linux

The most amazing...

...project I've completed entailed moving 150 servers into SaltStack and 16 databases across seven companies into Terraform.


  • Senior Database Engineer

    2016 - PRESENT
    • Architected event-driven data ingestion pipelines across multiple companies leveraging Serverless Framework, S3 Events, Lambda, and EMR.
    • Migrated simple redshift workloads to Athena, Glue, and partitioned S3 file storage for multiple BI projects.
    • Implemented Kinesis Streams, Kinesis Data Analytics, and Kinesis Firehose to S3 to ingest and monitor large volumes of application log data that were previously written to SQL Server.
    • Migrated MySQL and SQL Server databases from on-premises to AWS.
    • Trained engineers across teams on AWS Big Data and serverless best practices.
    • Worked with the database engineering team and developers across multiple operating companies to tune queries, train on databases, and work with ORMs (Laravel, Rails, and Flask).
    • Migrated read workloads to asynchronous MySQL replicas where appropriate for enhanced response times.
    • Provisioned an XtraDB (Galera) mutli-master MySQL Cluster (and ProxySQL) with SaltStack for reduced failover time, enhanced data durability, and enhanced scalability.
    • Created POC for Orchestrator in our on-premises data centers to increase visibility of replication topologies.
    • Implemented database monitoring in Datadog across multiple operating companies and environments.
    Technologies: AWS DynamoDB, AWS Lambda, AWS Athena, Elasticsearch, SQL Server 2016, Percona, MySQL, AWS Glue, AWS S3, Go, Python 3, SaltStack, Terraform, AWS RDS
  • Data Engineer

    2019 - 2020
    SANS Institute
    • Implemented a change data capture service to synchronize systems of record with Elasticsearch, as well as other derived data systems.
    • Collaborated with back-end engineers to redesign and migrate DynamoDB tables for enhanced scalability, performance, and cost.
    • Led the adoption of Terraform for data-related resources with operations.
    • Designed a reporting service to proxy front-end requests to multiple data sources.
    Technologies: REST, Cloud Microservices, Serverless Architecture, Serverless Framework, AWS CloudFormation, Terraform, AWS Step Functions, AWS DynamoDB Streams, AWS Eventbridge, AWS Lambda, TypeScript, Python 3, Elasticsearch, AWS DynamoDB


  • Personal Website (Development)

    This website demonstrates an understanding of full-stack deployment on AWS. While I'm certainly no web designer, I was able to leverage SvelteJS, CloudFront, Route53, Amazon S3, and the AWS CLI to deploy a simple personal website.


  • Paradigms

    Database Design, Serverless Architecture, REST, Object-oriented Design (OOD)
  • Platforms

    AWS Lambda, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, AWS Kinesis, MacOS, Percona
  • Storage

    AWS S3, AWS RDS, AWS DynamoDB, MySQL, Elasticsearch, Redshift, SQL Server 2016
  • Other

    AWS, AWS DynamoDB Streams, Software Engineering, Cloud Microservices, Operating Systems, Solutions Architecture, AWS Eventbridge
  • Languages

    Python 3, Go, Java, TypeScript
  • Frameworks

    Serverless Framework, AWS EMR, Apache Spark
  • Tools

    AWS Glue, DataGrip, Terraform, AWS Athena, AWS CloudFormation, Slack, Skype, VS Code, Vim Text Editor, SaltStack, AWS Step Functions


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science
    2011 - 2017
    Columbus State University - Columbus, Georgia, USA


  • AWS Certified Big Data - Specialty
    JULY 2020 - JULY 2023
    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • AWS Solutions Architect
    JULY 2019 - JULY 2022
    Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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