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Oracle license revenue and the MySQL ecosystem

Oracle was in the news recently with the story of its license revenue declining as much as 17% in the recent quarter. This is blamed on transitioning to the cloud in some publications, but others, such as Bloomberg and TechRepublic, look deeper, seeing open source software responsible for the bulk of it. Things are especially […]

Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC): How many nodes do you need?

A question I often hear when customers want to set up a production PXC cluster is: “How many nodes should we use?” Three nodes is the most common deployment, but when are more nodes needed? They also ask: “Do we always need to use an even number of nodes?” This is what we’ll clarify in […]

Percona Monitoring Plugins 1.1.5 release

Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Monitoring Plugins 1.1.5. Changelog: Added more DB instance classes to pmp-check-aws-rds.py (issue 1398911) Added configurable query period and average time to pmp-check-aws-rds.py (issue 1436943) Added region support to pmp-check-aws-rds.py (issue 1442980) Added an option to alert when server is not configured as replica to pmp-check-mysql-replication-delay (issue […]

Update on the InnoDB double-write buffer and EXT4 transactions

In a post, written a few months ago, I found that using EXT4 transactions with the “data=journal” mount option, improves the write performance significantly, by 55%, without putting data at risk. Many people commented on the post mentioning they were not able to reproduce the results and thus, I decided to further investigate in order […]

Percona XtraDB Cluster: Quorum and Availability of the cluster

Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC) has become a popular option to provide high availability for MySQL servers. However many people are still having a hard time understanding what will happen to the cluster when one or several nodes leave the cluster (gracefully or ungracefully). This is what we will clarify in this post. Nodes leaving gracefully […]

Percona Live Europe 2015! Call for speakers; registration open

Percona Live is moving from London to Amsterdam this year and the event is also expanding to three full days. Percona Live Europe 2015, September 21-23, will be at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre. The call for speakers and Super Saver registration are now open. Hurry though because the deadline for submitting a speaking proposal […]

MaxScale: A new tool to solve your MySQL scalability problems

Ever since MySQL replication has existed, people have dreamed of a good solution to automatically split read from write operations, sending the writes to the MySQL master and load balancing the reads over a set of MySQL slaves. While if at first it seems easy to solve, the reality is far more complex. First, the […]

High availability using MySQL in the cloud

Next Wednesday (June 10) I’ll be co-presenting a webinar on using MySQL in the cloud for High Availability (HA). Joining me will be 451 Research analyst Jason Stamper and together we’ll talk about the realities of HA using MySQL in the cloud and how vendors are responding to changing application requirements with new developments that […]

Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6.24-25.11 is now available

Percona is glad to announce the new release of Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6 on June 3rd 2015. Binaries are available from downloads area or from our software repositories. Based on Percona Server 5.6.24-72.2 including all the bug fixes in it, Galera Replicator 3.11, and on Codership wsrep API 25.11, Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6.24-25.11 is now […]

Optimizing Percona XtraDB Cluster for write hotspots

Some applications have a heavy write workload on a few records – for instance when incrementing a global counter: this is called a write hotspot. Because you cannot update the same row simultaneously from multiple threads, this can lead to performance degradation. When using Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC), some users try to solve this specific […]