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ScaleArc: Real-world application testing with WordPress (benchmark test)

 | April 29, 2014 |  Posted In: Benchmarks, Insight for DBAs, MySQL

ScaleArc recently hired Percona to perform various tests on its database traffic management product. This post is the outcome of the benchmarks carried out by me and ScaleArc co-founder and chief architect, Uday Sawant. The goal of this benchmark was to identify ScaleArc’s overhead using a real-world application – the world’s most popular (according to […]

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Thoughts on Small Datum – Part 2

 | April 29, 2014 |  Posted In: Tokutek, TokuView

If you did not read my first blog post about Mark Callaghan’s (@markcallaghan) benchmarks as documented in his blog, Small Datum, you may want to skim through it now for a little context. ——————- On March 11th, Mark, a former Google and now Facebook database guru, published an insertion rate benchmark comparing MySQL outfitted with […]

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OOM relation to vm.swappiness=0 in new kernel

 | April 28, 2014 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs, MySQL

I have recently been involved in diagnosing the reasons behind OOM invocation that would kill the MySQL server process. Of course these servers were primarily running MySQL. As such the MySQL server process was the one with the largest amount of memory allocated. But the strange thing was that in all the cases, there was […]

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Managing farms of MySQL servers with MySQL Fabric

and  | April 25, 2014 |  Posted In: High-availability, Insight for DBAs, Insight for Developers, MySQL

While built-in replication has been a major cause for MySQL’s wide adoption, official tools to help DBAs manage replication topologies have typically been missing from the picture. The community has produced many good products to fill in this gap, but recently, Oracle has been filling it too with the addition of MySQL Utilities to the mix. One […]

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Encrypted and incremental MySQL backups with Percona XtraBackup

 | April 24, 2014 |  Posted In: MySQL, Percona MySQL Consulting, Percona MySQL Support, Percona Software, Percona XtraBackup

We’ve recently received a number of questions on how to implement incremental MySQL backups alongside encryption with Percona XtraBackup. Some users thought it was not initially possible because with the default --encrypt options with XtraBackup, all files will be encrypted, but alas, that is not the case. This is where the option --extra-lsn-dir becomes useful, […]

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Percona Live 2014 behind; MySQL ahead

 | April 23, 2014 |  Posted In: MySQL, Percona Live

I started using MySQL 11 years ago.  That’s not too long compared to other people in the industry, but nonetheless here’s my perspective on the state of the MySQL industry after attending Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo 2104. In short, the attitude around MySQL has changed from “Does it work?” to “Is it fast […]

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Percona Live 2014 Impressions

 | April 21, 2014 |  Posted In: Tokutek, TokuView

Three weeks ago I had the privilege of attending my first Percona Live MySQL conference, which was incredible! In particular, there were two things that I found impressive about the conference. First, was the amount of knowledge sharing and support that MySQL users provide each other; it truly is a community. Coming from EMC, I’ve […]

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