New developers training course is almost ready

We’ve been busy expanding our training curriculum to include training for developers building applications with MySQL.  We have reached the point where we’re ready for a pilot teach – and it brings me great pleasure to announce that we’re opening it up for blog readers to attend, free of charge. The details: San Francisco 4th […]

Speaking at the LA MySQL Meetup – 18th November

A recent photo from Highload.ru I said in my last post, that we’re interested in speaking at MySQL meetups, and I’m happy to say that the Los Angeles MySQL Meetup has taken us up on the offer. On November 18th, I’ll be giving an introductory talk on InnoDB/XtraDB Performance Optimization.  I will be the second […]

Training Updates

I wanted to provide an update on two things: Firstly, we have opened registration for InnoDB/XtraDB training in Los Angeles (Nov 18th). The second is that while I am in New York City for training (Oct 29th), I’ll be giving a (free) talk at the MySQL Meetup group there (Oct 28th). We love to speak […]

How (not) to find unused indexes

I’ve seen a few people link to an INFORMATION_SCHEMA query to be able to find any indexes that have low cardinality, in an effort to find out what indexes should be removed.  This method is flawed – here’s the first reason why:

The cardinality of status index is woeful, but provided that the application […]

Speaking at Highload.ru

This is a quick announcement to say that I’ll be speaking at HighLoad++ this year (October 12-14 in Moscow).  I’ll be presenting on a few topics: MySQL Performance Tuning (Conference Session) Quick Wins with Third Party Patches for MySQL (Conference Session) Performance Optimization for MySQL with InnoDB and XtraDB * (Full day class) This will […]

Off to California!

Today’s the day I fly to Los Angeles to teach a private training class, en route to Santa Clara/San Francisco for our public training workshops next week.

Our Montreal practice teach at Station-C went great – it was an opportunity to do a road test and iron out any kinks in the delivery.

What did I learn in the process?

Why you don’t want to shard.

Note: This blog post is part 1 of 4 on building our training workshop.

The Percona training workshop will not cover sharding. If you follow our blog, you’ll notice we don’t talk much about the subject; in some cases it makes sense, but in many we’ve seen that it causes architectures to be prematurely complicated.

So let me state it: You don’t want to shard.

Optimize everything else first, and then if performance still isn’t good enough, it’s time to take a very bitter medicine. The reason you need to shard basically comes down to one of these two reasons