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pt-online-schema-change (if misused) can’t save the day

 | May 24, 2016 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs, MySQL, Percona Toolkit, Replication

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In this blog post we’ll discuss pt-online-schema-change, and how to correctly use it. Always use pt-osc? Altering large tables can be still a problematic DBA task, even now after we’ve improved Online DDL features in MySQL 5.6 and 5.7. Some ALTER types are still not online, or sometimes just too expensive to execute on busy production […]

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Better high availability: MySQL and Percona XtraDB Cluster with good application design

 | December 21, 2015 |  Posted In: High-availability, Insight for DBAs, MySQL, Percona XtraDB Cluster, Replication, XtraDB Cluster

High Availability Have you ever wondered if your application should be able to work in read-only mode? How important is that question? MySQL seems to be the most popular database solution for web-based products. Most typical Internet application workloads consist of many reads, with usually few writes. There are exceptions of course – MMO games […]

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Using YUM to install specific MySQL/Percona Server versions

 | January 5, 2015 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs, MariaDB, MySQL, Percona Server

Sometimes it is desired to use particular software versions in production, and not necessary the latest ones. There may be several reasons for that, where I think the most common is when a new version should spend some time in testing or a staging environment before getting to production. In theory each new version is […]

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More then 1000 columns – get transactional with TokuDB

 | September 25, 2014 |  Posted In: InnoDB, Insight for DBAs, Insight for Developers, MySQL, TokuDB

Recently I encountered a specific situation in which a customer was forced to stay with the MyISAM engine due to a legacy application using tables with over 1000 columns. Unfortunately InnoDB has a limit at this point. I did not expect to hear this argument for MyISAM. It is usually about full text search or […]

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Galera replication – how to recover a PXC cluster

 | September 1, 2014 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs, MySQL, Percona XtraDB Cluster

Galera replication for MySQL brings not only the new, great features to our ecosystem, but also introduces completely new maintenance techniques. Are you concerned about adding such new complexity to your MySQL environment? Perhaps that concern is unnecessarily. I am going to present here some simple tips that hopefully will let fresh Galera users prevent […]

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The ARCHIVE Storage Engine – does it do what you expect?

 | January 6, 2014 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs, MySQL, Percona MySQL Support

Sometimes there is a need for keeping large amounts of old, rarely used data without investing too much on expensive storage. Very often such data doesn’t need to be updated anymore, or the intent is to leave it untouched. I sometimes wonder what I should really suggest to our Support customers. For this purpose, the […]

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Innotop: A real-time, advanced investigation tool for MySQL

 | October 14, 2013 |  Posted In: Insight for DBAs, MySQL, Percona MySQL Support

GUI monitoring tools for MySQL are not always suitable for all our needs or situations. Most of them are designed to provide historical views into what happens to our database over time rather then real-time insight into current MySQL server status. Excellent free tools for this include Cacti, Zabbix, Ganglia, Nagios, etc. But each of […]

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