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  September, 2015
   Andrew Moore, Benjamin Mildren, David Busby, Max Bubenick

A Checklist for Preventing Common But Deadly MySQL® Problems

We created a checklist of common but deadly MySQL problems to make your life easier.  If handled reactively, these issues can lead to unacceptable downtime, unnecessary costs, malicious attacks, frustrated users, and lost business.

This white paper will help busy DBAs and their management better identify and understand common MySQL implementation, performance, and recovery problems. You can minimize or prevent these problems through proactive and diligent MySQL administration best practices. 

The white paper provides real-world examples from Percona customers for each problem. Tips and related resources from our MySQL experts for each issue can help with your MySQL environment.

Please note that this version combines and updates the 3-part series published in 2014. 


Andrew Moore
Technical Services Manager
Andrew is a seasoned MySQL professional leading a team of DBAs in the EMEA region for Percona services department. With a background in administering production systems at large scale, Andrew enjoys the challenges that come with that territory. Andrew lives with his young family in Dorset, UK and enjoys the slower pace of life in the British countryside. When not tinkering with MySQL, Andrew is usually trying to Dockerize something.

Benjamin Mildren
MySQL Practice Manager
Ben Mildren joined the Percona Remote DBA Team in 2013. Ben has ~15 years experience working with RDBMS, and previous to Percona has worked at a number of companies including Nokia and Pythian. He is based out of Bristol, UK. When he is not working, Ben enjoys spending time with his family.

David Busby
Information Security Architect
David has been a Linux systems admin for around 14 years, and generally in different roles - development, network admin, support, DBA, and more. He is a Fedora user and a fan of puppet (not so much the hat - nor Bert & Ernie, however). As time allows, he contributes to the EPEL packages for Openstack. He has an interest in infosec, and so is generally paranoid about security. He is also familiar with metasploit, sqlmap, john, oclHashCat, and has also written a few python tools. Living in Whitchurch, United Kingdom, he holds a 2nd dan black belt in Ju-Jitsu and, with his Father and Uncle, helps to teach at a local non-profit club with ages ranging from 6+. He also teaches computing to students at a local school using the Raspberry Pi as the platform running Raspbian. He is proud that they're starting to grow beyond basic networking and logical programming patterns to get the students thinking about solving problems with basic robotics.

Max Bubenick
MySQL Technical Operations Manager
Max Bubenick joined Percona Remote DBA Team in 2013. Max has 13 years of experience working with MySQL. He is based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina. When he is not working, Max enjoys spending time with his family.

Our MySQL white papers are free. They are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license.

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