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Author Archives: Mike Benshoof

MySQL and geospatial programming: An introduction to GIS

Geographic information systems (GIS) are used by application developers to incorporate geographic information into their datasets to create apps with cool features such finding the address to the best steakhouse in town or the locations …

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Managing big data? Say ‘hello’ to HP Vertica

Over the past few months, I’ve seen an increase in the following use case while working on performance and schema review engagements: I need to store exponentially increasing amounts of data and analyze all of …

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percona-millipede – Sub-second replication monitor

I recently helped a client implement a custom replication delay monitor and wanted to share the experience and discuss some of the iterations and decisions that were made. percona-millipede was developed in conjunction with Vimeo …

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Integrating pt-online-schema-change with a Scripted Deployment

Recently, I helped a client that was having issues with deployments causing locking in their production databases.  At a high level, the two key components used in the environment were: Capistrano (scripted deployments) [website] Liquibase …

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Drupal and MySQL Performance: Register now for Nov. 13 webinar

Drupal is one of the most popular open source CMS applications available – and it runs primarily on a MySQL backend.  Out of the box, the schema is well tuned and indexed.  However, there are …

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pt-online-schema-change and binlog_format

Statement-based or row-based, or mixed?  We’ve all seen this discussed at length so I’m not trying to rehash tired arguments.  At a high level, the difference is simple: Statement based replication (SBR) replicates the SQL …

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Migrating between MySQL schemas with Percona Xtrabackup

Recently, I was working with a client that asked about using Percona Xtrabackup to take a snapshot of a particular MySQL schema and then reload it with a different schema name on the same server. …

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MySQL 5.6 – InnoDB Memcached Plugin as a caching layer

A common practice to offload traffic from MySQL 5.6 is to use a caching layer to store expensive result sets or objects.  Some typical use cases include: Complicated query result set (search results, recent users, …

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Minimizing Downtime from Lengthy AWS Outages

Well, it happened again…  Another lengthy EBS outage in the US-East region impacted several sites across the net.  While failures like this are rare, they can be quite costly and translate into headaches for the …

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Timezone and pt-table-checksum

I recently worked through an issue with a client trying to detect data drift across some servers that were located in different timezones.  Unfortunately, several of the tables had timestamp fields and were set to …

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