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A Case for Write Optimizations in MySQL

As a storage engine developer, I am excited for MySQL 5.6. Looking at http://dev.mysql.com/tech-resources/articles/whats-new-in-mysql-5.6.html, there has been plenty of work done to improve the performance of reads in MySQL for all storage engines (provided they …

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MySQL Partitioning: A Flow Chart

In Part 1, and Part 2 of this series, I presented some thoughts on partitioning. I heard some great feedback on why people use partitioning. Here, I present a flow chart that summarizes what I’ve …

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MySQL Partitioning – can save you or kill you

I wanted for a while to write about using MySQL Partitioning for Performance Optimization and I just got a relevant customer case to illustrate it. First you need to understand how partitions work internally. Partitions …

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How clustering indexes sometimes help UPDATE and DELETE performance

I recently posted a blog entry on clustering indexes, which are good for speeding up queries. Eric Day brought up the concern that clustering indexes might degrade update performance. This is often true, since any …

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Exploring message brokers

Message brokers are not regularly covered here but are, nonetheless, important web-related technologies. Some time ago, I was asked by one of our customer to review a selection of OSS message brokers and propose a …

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The Effects of Database Heap Storage Choices in MongoDB

William Zola over at MongoDB gave a great talk called “The (Only) Three Reasons for Slow MongoDB Performance”. It reminded me of an interesting characteristic of updates in MongoDB. Because MongoDB’s main data store is …

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Is Synchronous Replication right for your app?

I talk with lot of people who are really interested in Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC) and mostly they are interested in PXC as a high-availability solution.  But, what they tend not to think too much …

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NoSQL is Great, But You Still Need Indexes

I’ve said it before, and, as is the nature of these things, I’ll almost certainly say it again: your database performance is only as good as your indexes. That’s the grand thesis, so what does …

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Read/Write Splitting with PHP Webinar Questions Followup

Today I gave a presentation on “Read/Write Splitting with PHP” for Percona Webinars.  If you missed it, you can still register to view the recording and my slides. Thanks to everyone who attended, and especially …

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Announcing TokuDB v6.5: Optimized for Flash

We are excited to announce TokuDB® v6.5, the latest version of Tokutek’s flagship storage engine for MySQL and MariaDB. This version offers optimization for Flash as well as more hot schema change operations for improved …

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