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Why use provisioned IOPS volumes for AWS databases?

 | June 1, 2016 |  Posted In: MySQL

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In this blog, we’ll use some test results to look at the rationale for using provisioned IOPS volumes for AWS databases. One piece of advice you often hear running MySQL, MongoDB or other databases in the AWS EC2 environment is that you should use volumes with provisioned IOPs. This kind of makes sense on the “marketing” […]

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AWS Aurora Benchmarking part 2

 | May 26, 2016 |  Posted In: MySQL


Some time ago, I published the article on AWS Aurora Benchmarking (AWS Aurora Benchmarking – Blast or Splash?), in which I analyzed the behavior of different solutions using synchronous replication in AWS environment. This blog follows up with some of the comments and suggestions I received regarding that post from the community and Amazon engineers. […]

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Percona Live 2016: Day Two Keynote Talks

 | April 20, 2016 |  Posted In: Percona Live

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We’ve started the second full day at Percona Live 2016, and again we had some pretty impressive and fascinating keynote speakers. This morning featured four keynote talks from some pretty heavy hitters in our industry: Anurag Gupta, Vice President of Big Data Services, Amazon Web Services AWS Big Data Services: Reimagining Big Data Processing in the […]

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InnoDB and TokuDB on AWS

 | February 1, 2016 |  Posted In: Benchmarks, InnoDB, TokuDB

In a recent post, Vadim compared the performance of Amazon Aurora and Percona Server on AWS. This time, I am comparing write throughput for InnoDB and TokuDB, using the same workload (sysbench oltp/update/update_non_index) and a similar set-up (r3.xlarge instance, with general purpose ssd, io2000 and io3000 volumes) to his experiments. All the runs used 16 threads for sysbench, and the following […]

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Auditing MySQL with McAfee and MongoDB

 | June 9, 2015 |  Posted In: MongoDB, MySQL, Percona Server

Greetings everyone! Let’s discuss a 3rd Party auditing solution to MySQL and how we can leverage MongoDB® to make sense out of all of that data. The McAfee MySQL Audit plugin does a great job of capturing, at low level, activities within a MySQL server. It does this through some non-standard APIs which is why installing […]

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Increasing Cloud Database Efficiency – Like Crows in a Closet

 | February 25, 2015 |  Posted In: Tokutek, TokuView

In Mo’ Data, Mo’ Problems, we explored the paradox that “Big Data” projects pose to organizations and how Tokutek is taking an innovative approach to solving those problems. In this post, we’re going to talk about another hot topic in IT, “The Cloud,” and how enterprises undertaking Cloud efforts often struggle with idea of “problem […]

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Testing backup locks during Xtrabackup SST on Percona XtraDB Cluster

 | December 22, 2014 |  Posted In: MySQL, Percona XtraBackup, Percona XtraDB Cluster

Background on Backup Locks I was very excited to see Backup locks support in release notes for the latest Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6.21 release. For those who are not aware, backup locks offer an alternative to FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK (FTWRL) in Xtrabackup. While Xtrabackup can hot-copy Innodb, everything else in MySQL must be locked (usually […]

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RDS for Aurora unveiled at AWS re:Invent

 | November 14, 2014 |  Posted In: Benchmarks, Insight for DBAs, Insight for Developers, MySQL, Percona Server

One of the big announcements at the Amazon Web Services re:Invent 2014 conference this week was the unveiling of Aurora. The result of years of internal work, Aurora, currently in preview, is a MySQL 5.6-compatible option that “combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases” on […]

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