Insight for DBAs

Emulating MySQL roles with the Percona PAM plugin and proxy users

From time to time people wonder how to implement roles in MySQL. This can be useful for companies having to deal with many user accounts or for companies with tight security requirements (PCI or HIPAA for instance). Roles do not exist in regular MySQL but here is an example on how to emulate them using […]

3 handy tools to remove problematic MySQL processes

DBAs often encounter situations where they need to kill queries to ensure there are no long-running queries on a MySQL server that would impact performance. Long-running queries can be the result of many factors. Fortunately, Percona Server contains some handy tools to remove problematic MySQL processes. I will highlight all of the tools via some […]

Is MySQL’s innodb_file_per_table slowing you down?

MySQL’s innodb_file_per_table is a wonderful thing – most of the time. Having every table use its own .ibd file allows you to easily reclaim space when dropping or truncating tables. But in some use cases, it may cause significant performance issues. Many of you in the audience are responsible for running automated tests on your […]

Online GTID rollout now available in Percona Server 5.6

Global Transaction IDs (GTIDs) are one of my favorite features of MySQL 5.6. The main limitation is that you must stop all the servers at the same time to allow GTID-replication. Not everyone can afford to take a downtime so this requirement has been a showstopper for many people. Starting with Percona Server 5.6.22-72.0 enabling […]

Percona Server 5.6.22-72.0 is now available

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.6.22-72.0 on February 6, 2015. Download the latest version from the Percona web site or from the Percona Software Repositories. Based on MySQL 5.6.22, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.6.22-72.0 is the current GA release in the Percona Server 5.6 series. Percona Server is open-source […]

Looking deeper into InnoDB’s problem with many row versions

A few days ago I wrote about MySQL performance implications of InnoDB isolation modes and I touched briefly upon the bizarre performance regression I found with InnoDB handling a large amount of versions for a single row. Today I wanted to look a bit deeper into the problem, which I also filed as a bug. First […]

Percona Server 5.6.22-71.0 is now available

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.6.22-71.0 on January 12, 2015. Download the latest version from the Percona web site or from the Percona Software Repositories. Based on MySQL 5.6.22, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.6.22-71.0 is the current GA release in the Percona Server 5.6 series. Percona Server is open-source […]

Percona Server 5.5.41-37.0 is now available

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.5.41-37.0 on January 9, 2015. Based on MySQL 5.5.41, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.5.41-37.0 is now the current stable release in the 5.5 series. Percona Server is open-source and free. Details of the release can be found in the 5.5.41-37.0 […]

Using YUM to install specific MySQL/Percona Server versions

Sometimes it is desired to use particular software versions in production, and not necessary the latest ones. There may be several reasons for that, where I think the most common is when a new version should spend some time in testing or a staging environment before getting to production. In theory each new version is […]

The MySQL Query Cache: How it works, plus workload impacts (good and bad)

Query caching is one of the prominent features in MySQL and a vital part of query optimization. It is important to know how it works as it has the potential to cause significant performance improvements – or a slowdown – of your workload. The MySQL query cache is a global one shared among the sessions. It caches […]