September 19, 2014

xtrabackup-0.3, binaries and stream backup

We are coming with next version of xtrabackup – online backup solution for MySQL 5.0 / 5.1 and InnoDB standard version, plugin modification and XtraDB. We still consider it as alpha version, though it shows perfect stable results in our tests. Let me address two often asked question about xtrabackup: 1) Does it work only […]

Percona at PHP Quebec 09

Percona presented two talks at PHP Quebec last week – one on A Tour of MySQL High Availability, and another on Performance Tuning MySQL. There was a great reaction to showcasing some of the quick-wins that can be found by using the Percona patches. Unfortunately, the one thing that I forgot to mention in the […]

When would you use SAN with MySQL ?

One question which comes up very often is when one should use SAN with MySQL, which is especially popular among people got used to Oracle or other Enterprise database systems which are quite commonly deployed on SAN. My question in such case is always what exactly are you trying to get by using SAN ?

Percona Performance Conference CFP deadline extended

Even though we haven’t yet gotten a schedule online, we’re still accepting proposals for the Percona Performance Conference. As a teaser, let me just share one accepted proposal with you: Cary Millsap. If you are even vaguely involved with Oracle, you should know who he is. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on […]

Debian / Ubuntu Percona builds

We had too many requests for deb builds of Percona releases so I could not ignore that and added scripts to build binaries on our Ubuntu 8.10 box. It’s going to be only 64bit releases (32bit is dead, isn’t it?), and I tested binaries on Debian Lenny system and it seems working fine. So I […]

What does Using filesort mean in MySQL?

If you were interviewing to work at Percona, and I asked you “what does Using filesort mean in EXPLAIN,” what would you say? I have asked this question in a bunch of interviews so far, with smart people, and not one person has gotten it right. So I consider it to be a bad interview […]

Xtrabackup, doing once…

After some sprint coding and testing I am more than happy to declare Xtrabackup getting into alpha stage. And alpha means more that we have some dirty hacks in code / not fully scripted builds / not fully tested all MySQL versions, but backups work just fine! I am able to backup our production box […]

Making replication a bit more reliable

Running MySQL slave is quite common and regular task which we do every day, taking backups from slave is often recommended solution. However the current state of MySQL replication makes restoring slave a bit tricky (if possible at all). The main problem is that InnoDB transaction state and replication state are not synchronized. If we […]

10 things you need to know about backup solutions for MySQL

Are you using someone else’s backup solution for your MySQL data? Do you care a lot about your data? Are you sure you’re getting a reliable, recoverable backup that’ll work for your business and your application, and won’t impact your critical processes while it runs? Here are ten questions you need to be able to […]

SSD, XFS, LVM, fsync, write cache, barrier and lost transactions

We finally managed to get Intel X25-E SSD drive into our lab. I attached it to our Dell PowerEdge R900. The story making it running is worth separate mentioning – along with Intel X25-E I got HighPoint 2300 controller and CentOS 5.2 just could not start with two RAID controllers (Perc/6i and HighPoint 2300). The […]