The Changing Face of Enterprise DBAs in Cloud-Driven Environments

DBA in cloud environments

Over the past ten years, those in charge of running enterprise databases saw their focus shift from simply ensuring access and availability to overseeing architecture, design, and scalability.
Site reliability engineers (SREs) and/or DBAs suddenly found themselves responsible for not only ensuring the company’s primary revenue engine stayed up but also for ensuring it could […]

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COVID-19 and the Tech World: Hyper Growth and Hyper Slowdowns

covid-19 tech growth

Last week I wrote about How IT Can Scale and Manage Costs in an Economic Downturn. In that blog, I talked about ways to cut costs and prepare your systems for what could be next. With any massive world-changing event, there are going to be companies that have to scale down and weather the […]

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Extending PMM’s Prometheus Configuration

Extending PMM Prometheus Configuration

Percona Monitoring and Management 2.4.0 (PMM), released several days ago, added support for custom extensions of the Prometheus configuration file. Before explaining what that is and how to use it, let me tell you a bit of history.
PMM 1.4.0, released 2.5 years ago, added support for hooking external Prometheus exporters into PMM’s Prometheus configuration […]

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Setting up a ProxySQL Sidecar Container

Setting up a ProxySQL Sidecar Container

Recently, a client of ours, Duolingo, was using Aurora was reaching the max connection limit of 16,000 (that is Aurora’s hard limit for all instance classes). In this case, Percona recommended implementing ProxySQL to manage connections (now their max connections only peak to 6000!).
Duolingo’s main application is run in AWS ECS (Elastic Container Service) […]

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COVID-19: One Way to Take Action

COVID folding home

While we can act on the advice of the WHO and our governments, there’s no doubt that COVID-19 leaves many of us feeling pretty helpless. And while it might seem a small personal contribution, as a community we can lend our computing power to Folding@home, an open source project.
Percona is happy to promote this […]

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