Mark Porter is the General Manager of RDS, RDS for PostgreSQL, and the PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora – Amazon’s own cloud-native version of PostgreSQL. Mark has been with AWS for 4 years, running various services such as RDS for PostgreSQL, RDS for MySQL, RDS for MariaDB, RDS for Oracle, and RDS for SQL Server, AWS Database Migration Service (DMS), and the AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT), among others.
Mark has also been the Director of Engineering for the RDS Platform, the generic code which all of the RDS database engines use to offer the RDS service, as well as leading a great team to deliver all RDS worldwide 24x7 operations, quality assurance and performance testing. Mark has been programming since 11, and professionally since 16. He describes his career as “worshipping the ACID transaction.” Mark has a deep background in databases, systems programming, video compression, system performance and scalability and is the holder of 11 patents. Before Amazon, Mark held positions as CTO of a division of NewsCorp, Vice President of Engineering at Oracle Corporation and an engineer at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in addition to founding and running his own electronics services integration company. Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree from Caltech. He is the proud father and husband in a family of 7, including 5 very technically-savvy children.