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A First Look at Amazon RDS Proxy

 | January 7, 2020 |  Posted In: Amazon RDS, AWS, DevOps, MySQL

At re:Invent in Las Vegas in December 2019, AWS announced the public preview of RDS Proxy, a fully managed database proxy that sits between your application and RDS. The new service offers to “share established database connections, improving database efficiency and application scalability”. But one of the benefits that caught my eye is the ability […]

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Percona Server for MySQL 8.0 – New Data Masking Feature

 | December 13, 2019 |  Posted In: Intermediate Level, MySQL, Percona Server for MySQL

Data Masking in Percona Server for MySQL 8.0.17

Database administrators are responsible for maintaining the privacy and integrity of data. When the data contains confidential information, your company has a legal obligation to ensure that privacy is maintained. Even so, being able to access the information contained in that dataset, for example for testing or reporting purposes, has great value so what to […]

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Percona Live Europe Presents: Test Like a Boss

 | September 25, 2019 |  Posted In: Events, MySQL, Tools

My first talk is a tutorial Testing like a boss: Deploy and Test Complex Topologies With a Single Command, scheduled at Percona Live Europe in Amsterdam on September 30th at 13:30. My second talk is Amazing sandboxes with dbdeployer scheduled on October 1st at 11:00. It is the same topic as the tutorial, but covers […]

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Are your Database Backups Good Enough?

 | September 20, 2019 |  Posted In: Events, MySQL

In the last few years there have been several examples of major service problems affecting businesses data: outages causing data inconsistencies; unavailability or data loss, and worldwide cyberattacks encrypting your files and asking for a ransom. Database-related incidents are a very common industry issue- even if the root cause is not the database system itself. […]

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Minimalist Tooling for MySQL/MariaDB DBAs

 | August 14, 2019 |  Posted In: MariaDB, MySQL, Tools

In my roles as a DBA at various companies, I generally found the tooling to be quite lacking. Everything from metrics collection, alerting, backup management; they were either missing, incomplete or implemented poorly. DBA-Tools was born from a desire to build backup tools that supported my needs in smaller/non-cloud environments. As BASH is easily the […]

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