Database Management for DevOps

Forrest Lymburner


Managing databases is an integral part of any DevOps team’s responsibilities. Because DevOps teams have to cover a wide range of tools and technologies they need to move quickly. This means that automating database operations has become essential to maintaining agility.

When it comes down to it you only have two choices how to proceed. You can manually build and manage the databases using scripts or cobbled together tools or utilize a system like ClusterControl that allows you to manage your open source environments end-to-end.

We’ve produced a number of resources aimed at helping DevOps teams effectively manage their open source database environments.


The DevOps Guide to Database Management

This new guide discusses the challenges that DevOps teams face when they are required to deploy, manage and monitor database stacks. It also details the steps a DevOps team should take to ensure that they are operating an efficient database infrastructure.

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The DevOps Guide to Database Backups for MySQL and MariaDB

This whitepaper discusses the two most popular backup utilities available for MySQL and MariaDB, namely mysqldump and Percona XtraBackup. It further covers topics such as how database features like binary logging and replication can be leveraged in backup strategies. And it provides best practices that can be applied to high availability topologies in order to make database backups reliable, secure and consistent.

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On-Demand Webinars

DevOps Tutorial – How to Automate Your Database Infrastructure

Infrastructure automation isn’t easy, but it’s not rocket science either. Done right, it is a worthwhile investment, but deciding on which tools to invest in can be a confusing and overwhelming process. Riaan Nolan, DevOps Manager at Mukuru, shares some of his secrets on how to proceed with this and he knows what he’s talking about: he saves the companies he works for substantial amounts on their monthly IT bills, typically around 50%.

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9 DevOps Tips for Going in Production with Galera Cluster for MySQL/MariaDB

In this webinar replay, we guide you through 9 key tips to consider before taking Galera Cluster for MySQL / MariaDB into production.

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A DevOps Guide to Database Infrastructure

This webinar covers the key pain points that online retailers experience which indicate it’s time to invest in database automation. Our guest speaker this time will be Riaan Nolan of Foodpanda, Rocket Internet’s global online food delivery marketplace operating in over 40 countries.

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Top 9 Tips for Building a Stable MySQL Replication Environment

MySQL replication is a widely known and proven solution to build scalable clusters of databases. It is very easy to deploy, even easier with GTID. However, ease of deployment doesn’t mean you don’t need knowledge and skills to operate it correctly. If you’d like to learn what is needed to build a stable environment using MySQL replication, then this webinar is for you.

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Top Blogs

Introducing the ClusterControl Alerting Integrations

The ClusterControl integrations allows you to integrate ClusterControl into any external application you are using for either communications or incident response management (e.g., Pagerduty, VictorOps, Telegram, Opsgenie and Slack). You do not have to worry about missing alerts.

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MySQL Tutorial – Troubleshooting MySQL Replication (A Two Part Series)

This blog post walks you through some issues you may experience when deploying and managing a MySQL Replication environment and how to resolve those issues. Part two walks you through some issues you may experience when deploying and managing a MySQL Replication environment and how to resolve those issues.

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Database Automation: Integrating the ClusterControl CLI with your ChatBot

The new ClusterControl command line client allows easy integration with other automation and collaboration tools, such as chatbots. Instead of integrating the CLI in your own chatbot, you can use the Hubot based ClusterControl chatbot called CCBot alternatively.

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ClusterControl Developer Studio: Custom database alerts by combining metrics

ClusterControl allows you to write elaborate advisors. This post shows you how to combine multiple metrics and trigger alerts if your MongoDB replication window becomes smaller than 24 hours.

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Announcing ClusterControl 1.4.2 – the DevOps Edition

Release of ClusterControl 1.4.2 with new improvements that integrate ProxySQL and Keepalived seamlessly to drive even higher performance; and it introduces new integrations with many popular incident communication services to let you customize how you want to get notified when something goes wrong with your database setup; along with performance improvements and bug fixes.

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DevOps Guide to Database Management
Learn about what you need to know to automate and manage your open source databases

ClusterControl for DevOps Teams

As a DevOps manager you are required to manage a broad range of technologies and it is not always possible to be a true “database expert.” For most databases you need to understand the inner workings and how it behaves. ClusterControl automates most of the things you will need to know and provides advisors that you can setup to notify you when something goes wrong.

ClusterControl allows for centralized database management where instances can be spun up and down at any time to meet your rapidly changing needs. It also provides advanced user management that let’s you control who can do what to ensure established environments remain production-ready.

ClusterControl delivers on an array of features to help deploy, manage, monitor, and scale your open source database environments.

  • Automated Point-and-click deployment
  • Developer Studio Advisors
  • Advanced ChatOps Integrations (CCBot and alert propagation via Integrations)
  • Automated Management like backups, failover, and recovery
  • Advanced Monitoring and Alerts

Learn more about how ClusterControl can simply deployment and enhance performance here.

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