Author - Michael Patrick

A Simple MySQL Plugin to Retrieve System Metrics

MySQL Plugin to Retrieve System Metrics

Ever wanted to extend MySQL and add some feature you think it is missing?  With MySQL plugins, you can do exactly that.  One thing that has bothered me for several years is that you cannot easily retrieve system metrics from within MySQL.  Whether I am connecting via a remote connection or looking to add […]

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MySQL 101: Linux Tuning for MySQL

Linux Tuning for MySQL

When trying to do some Linux tuning for MySQL, there are a few options that will greatly influence the speed of MySQL.  Below are some of the most important of these settings to help you get started.
Swappiness
The first thing to look at is what swappiness is set to.  This will determine the tendency of […]

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The Evolution of the DBA Role

evolution of the DBA role

As I interface with large clients as a Technical Account Manager (TAM) at Percona, one thing I have noticed is the evolution of the DBA role.  With the rise of the cloud, DBAs seem to be spending less time doing traditional DBA roles of performance tuning, configuring backups, and so on.  Instead, DBAs are […]

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Why Enterprises are Moving to Containerization

enterprise moving to containers

As a Technical Account Manager, or TAM for short, I am fortunate to work with some large clients.  Most all of them are in some state of increasing their usage of containerization.  There are a number of reasons for this, but let’s explore a few of the biggest reasons.
Why Containers?
Almost everyone has deployed Virtual […]

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A Day in the Life of a Technical Account Manager

technical account manager percona

So, what do you do when you love technology but are ready for a change in the day-to-day activities of a DBA?  One consideration is to become a Technical Account Manager, or TAM for short.  At Percona, a TAM is an account manager who is also technical (the big “T” in TAM).  While everyone’s […]

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