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Introduction to Percona XtraBackup 2.1 (MySQL webinar & more)

Percona XtraBackup 2.1 has been in GA now for a little over four months and has some impressive new features to improve backup performance, security, and storage requirements. When used with Percona Server, additional features …


InnoDB Full-text Search in MySQL 5.6: Part 3, Performance

This is part 3 of a 3 part series covering the new InnoDB full-text search features in MySQL 5.6. To catch up on the previous parts, see part 1 or part 2 Some of you …


Schema changes – what’s new in MySQL 5.6?

Among many of the improvements you can enjoy in MySQL 5.6, there is one that addresses a huge operational problem that most DBAs and System Administrators encounter in their life: schema changes. While it is …


InnoDB Full-text Search in MySQL 5.6: Part 2, The Queries!

This is part 2 in a 3 part series. In part 1, we took a quick look at some initial configuration of InnoDB full-text search and discovered a little bit of quirky behavior; here, we …


InnoDB Full-text Search in MySQL 5.6 (part 1)

I’ve never been a very big fan of MyISAM; I would argue that in most situations, any possible advantages to using MyISAM are far outweighed by the potential disadvantages and the strengths of InnoDB. However, …


Tracking 5.3 Billion Mutations: Using MySQL for Genomic Big Data

University of Montreal Tracks Genomic Data With Tokutek’s TokuDB. Faster insertion rates, improved scalability and agility support lab’s fast growing research database as it grows from 100s of GBs to 1 TB and beyond. Issue …


Quickly finding unused indexes (and estimating their size)

I had a customer recently who needed to reduce their database size on disk quickly without a lot of messy schema redesign and application recoding.  They didn’t want to drop any actual data, and their …


MySQL Schema Agility on SSDs

TokuDB v6.5 adds the ability to expand certain column types without downtime.  Users can now enlarge char, varchar, varbinary, and integer columns with no interruption to insert/update/delete statements on the altered table.  Prior to this …


ALTER TABLE: Creating Index by Sort and Buffer Pool Size

Today I was looking at the ALTER TABLE performance with fast index creation and without it with different buffer pool sizes. Results are pretty interesting. I used modified Sysbench table for these tests because original …


How to Stop Playing “Hop and Seek”: MySQL Cluster and TokuDB

As a TokuDB storage engine developer, numerous times I’ve been struck by the similarities between MySQL Cluster and TokuDB. Namely, many times where I find myself thinking, “TokuDB would benefit from this feature”, I also …