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Aligning IO on a hard disk RAID – the Theory

Now that flash storage is becoming more popular, IO alignment question keeps popping up more often than it used to when all we had were rotating hard disk drives. I think the reason is very …

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First Sphinx Conference is Announced

The First ever Sphinx Users Conference is announced to take place in Moscow, Russia on October 24th, which is the Sunday before Highload.ru conference, so if you’re attending that you may just drop by to …

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High availability for MySQL on Amazon EC2 – Part 2 – Setting up the initial instances

This post is the second of a series that started here. The first step to build the HA solution is to create two working instances, configure them to be EBS based and create a security …

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MySQL Pays attention to Bugs (Finally!)

I should say I can see results of new engineering/refactoring/bug hunt efforts inside Sun/MySQL. Over last couple of weeks I started getting a lot of messages from the bugs system about bugs I reported long …

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High Anxiety Whenever You’re Near

Every time I visit the Sun Santa Clara Campus, I’m reminded of Mel Brooks’s movie “High Anxiety”. The campus was known as The Great Asylum for the Insane in the 19th century, and even includes …

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How Percona Develops Open-Source Software

Percona has been building and contributing to open-source software since the company was founded, and individually we’ve been doing the same thing for many years.  We think it’s a huge value for our customers and …

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Rendundant Array of Inexpensive Servers

So you need to design highly available MySQL powered system… how do you approach that ? Too often I see the question is approached by focusing on expensive hardware which in theory should be reliable. …

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How many people will leave MySQL now ?

During the recent days we had few announcements of people leaving Sun/MySQL – few days ago I’ve seen announcement by Ronald Bradford and now I see Antony Curtis followed. I know bunch of other guys …

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10+ Ways to Crash or Overload MySQL

People are sometimes contacting me and asking about bugs like this which provide a trivial way to crash MySQL to the user with basic privileges and asking me what to do. My answer to them …

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SpyLOG Was sold the other day, time to look back

Friends are pointing me to the article saying SpyLOG, the startup which I co-founded back in 1999 was sold the other day to the MasterHost. The amount is not disclosed but it is estimated to …

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