September 20, 2014

Welcome to the team, Baron

As you may have seen from his blog, Baron Schwartz is joining our consulting company – Percona in less than a week. This is exciting news for us as Baron is renowned MySQL community member, blogger, co-author of High Performance MySQL second edition book, author of Maatkit and Innotop and just a great guy. Welcome […]

Sphinx Developer joins our team

We’re happy to announce Andrew Aksyonoff, developer of popular OpenSource full text search software Sphinx joins our team. Andrew will now have more time to dedicate to Sphinx development so cool new features will come sooner. Having Andrew on board we’ll be able to solve all kinds of problems related to full text search, tagging […]

MySQL 101: Monitor Disk I/O with pt-diskstats

Here on the Percona Support team we often ask customers to retrieve disk stats to monitor disk IO and to measure block devices iops and latency. There are a number of tools available to monitor IO on Linux. iostat is one of the popular tools and Percona Toolkit, which is free, contains the pt-diskstats tool […]

Using sysbench 0.5 for performing MySQL benchmarks

Given the recent excitement & interest around OpenStack I wanted to make sure I was ready to conduct appropriate evaluations of system performance.  I generally turn to sysbench since it comes with a variety of different tests (accessed via –test= option interface), including: fileio – File I/O test cpu – CPU performance test memory – […]

mysqld_multi: How to run multiple instances of MySQL

The need to have multiple instances of MySQL (the well-known mysqld process) running in the same server concurrently in a transparent way, instead of having them executed in separate containers/virtual machines, is not very common. Yet from time to time the Percona Support team receives a request from a customer to assist in the configuration of […]

A closer look at the MySQL ibdata1 disk space issue and big tables

A recurring and very common customer issue seen here at the Percona Support team involves how to make the ibdata1 file “shrink” within MySQL. I can only imagine there’s a degree of regret by some of the InnoDB architects on their design decisions regarding disk-space management by the shared tablespace* because this has been a big […]

Release Candidate Packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS 7 now available

The Percona team is pleased to announce the Release Candidate for Percona Software packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS 7. With more than 1 million downloads and thousands of production deployments at small, mid-size and large enterprises, Percona software is a industry leading distribution that enhances the performance, scale, management and diagnosis […]

Examining the TokuDB MySQL storage engine file structure

As we know different storage engines in MySQL have different file structures. Every table in MySQL 5.6 must have a .frm file in the database directory matching the table name. But where the rest of the data resides depends on the storage engine. For MyISAM we have .MYI and .MYD files in the database directory […]

What I learned while migrating a customer MySQL installation to Amazon RDS

Hi, I recently had the experience of assisting with a migration of a customer MySQL installation to Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service). Amazon RDS is a great platform for hosting your MySQL installation and offers the following list of pros and cons: You can scale your CPU, IOPS, and storage space separately by using Amazon […]

DBaaS, OpenStack and Trove 101: Introduction to the basics

We’ll be publishing a series of posts on OpenStack and Trove over the next few weeks, diving into their usage and purpose. For readers who are already familiar with these technologies, there should be no doubt as to why we are incredibly excited about them, but for those who aren’t, consider this a small introduction […]