October 25, 2014

What Causes Downtime in MySQL?

We’ve just published a new white paper analyzing the causes of emergency incidents filed by our customers. The numbers contradict the urban myth that bad SQL is the most common problem in databases. There are a number of surprises in other areas, too, such as the causes of data loss. This is the companion to […]

Prevent MySQL downtime: Set max_user_connections

One of the common causes of downtime with MySQL is running out of connections. Have you ever seen this error? “ERROR 1040 (00000): Too many connections.” If you’re working with MySQL long enough you surely have. This is quite a nasty error as it might cause complete downtime… transient errors with successful transactions mixed with […]

2 cases for MySQL server overload

Your MySQL server is overloaded. You see hundreds of running queries in the SHOW PROCESSLIST taking many seconds to run, or can’t connect at all because all connections slots are busy. If you have worked with MySQL long enough you surely have seen it, probably more than once. This is what I would call “MySQL […]

utf8 data on latin1 tables: converting to utf8 without downtime or double encoding

Here’s a problem some or most of us have encountered. You have a latin1 table defined like below, and your application is storing utf8 data to the column on a latin1 connection. Obviously, double encoding occurs. Now your development team decided to use utf8 everywhere, but during the process you can only have as little […]

The top 5 proactive measures to minimize MySQL downtime

I’m happy to announce that the recording for my recent webinar “5 Proactive Measures to Minimize MySQL Downtime” is now available, along with the slides. They can both be found here. My webinar focused on the top 5 operational measures that prevent or reduce downtime — along with the related business impact in a significant […]

Schema changes – what’s new in MySQL 5.6?

Among many of the improvements you can enjoy in MySQL 5.6, there is one that addresses a huge operational problem that most DBAs and System Administrators encounter in their life: schema changes. While it is usually not a problem for small tables or those in early stages of product life cycle, schema changes become a […]

Zero-Downtime Schema Changes In MySQL

The recording of yesterday’s webinar, as well as a PDF of my slide deck, is now available. You can watch the recording and get the slides here. I got a lot of questions, and did not have enough time to answer all of them, so let me try to answer some of the remaining questions […]

Introducing the pmp-check-mysql-status Nagios Plugin

Most of the Nagios plugins included with the Percona Monitoring Plugins are purpose-built for specific scenarios that I found in my research to be frequent, severe, or subtle causes of problems in MySQL systems. They are intentionally not generic because I wanted to focus on doing one thing with each plugin, and doing it excellently. […]

How to Monitor MySQL with Percona’s Nagios Plugins

In this post, I’ll cover the new MySQL monitoring plugins we created for Nagios, and explain their features and intended purpose. I want to add a little context. What problem were we trying to solve with these plugins? Why yet another set of MySQL monitoring plugins? The typical problem with Nagios monitoring (and indeed with […]

Announcing MySQL Monitoring Plugins from Percona

We’ve released a new set of monitoring plugins for MySQL servers and related software. With these plugins, you can set up world-class graphing and monitoring for your MySQL servers, using your own on-premises Cacti and Nagios software. The Cacti plugins are derived from an existing set of templates we’ve been using for several years, but […]