Need Performance Advice? Turn To ClusterControl!

Lukas Vileikis


If you frequently find yourself working with any kind of database, it’s natural that you might need some advice on how to deal with them at least once in a while. At present, you might find yourself scouring through forums of DBAs and developers to find relevant advice, perhaps trying your luck finding and reading answers on StackOverflow, StackExchange, and related websites, however, when you need some really important information and advice, you might find yourself turning to tools and for a good reason: some of the tools that you might use will save you time, resources, and let you focus on your work instead of worrying about database performance. In this blog, we are going over how ClusterControl can help you solve some of your database performance problems.

What is ClusterControl?

ClusterControl is a popular database management system – indeed, it’s the only database management system you will ever need to use if you want to take control of your database performance, backups, security, configuration, deployment, or similar issues. ClusterControl can offer a lot of features:

  • ClusterControl offers support for multiple types of databases – no matter what you’d use: MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, TimescaleDB, or even MongoDB, ClusterControl can adequately take care of them all – with just a couple of clicks, you can ensure that all of your database instances are highly available, highly performant, and, of course, secure.

  • ClusterControl can be useful for a wide variety of people ranging from developers to system administrators and DevOps people, and, of course, tech directors as well.

  • ClusterControl is suitable for enterprise-level companies: it can offer enterprise-grade features like role-based access control, LDAP, and encryption of your data using SSL.

The team behind ClusterControl is a well-known group of database experts, so if you ever need support when facing any kind of issue, just ping them and your database issues should be solved within no time.

Oh, and did we mention that the team behind ClusterControl is a well-known group of database ninjas? 

Performance Advice with ClusterControl

When choosing ClusterControl, you can never go wrong when seeking performance advice. Part of the reason why is because ClusterControl comes with a bunch of powerful performance advisors – performance advisors that can help you take your databases to the next level. To access these performance advisors, log in to ClusterControl, then click Performance, and then Advisors. You will instantly see that performance advisors are split across a couple of different categories: the All category shows all of the performance advisors that are available, the s9s category shows the advisors relevant to Severalnines, the MySQL category shows performance advisors relevant to improving the performance of your MySQL instances, security advisors help you improve database security, InnoDB advisors are relevant to tables running the InnoDB storage engine, etc. This is how everything looks like:

Advisors can also be scheduled: clicking Schedule Advisor will take you to the developer studio where you can manage all of your scripts.

On the left, you will also be able to select the relevant category of scripts you are editing: click Schedule Advisor to finally schedule one yourself. Schedules, by default, are set to run every 5 minutes, but can be adjusted to one minute, one hour, one day, one month, etc.

Your schedules can either be basic or advanced too – advanced schedules will let you set the minute, hour, day, month, and a weekday your backups will be taken if you wish. Make sure to try the scheduling ability out!

As you can see, advisors come with code similar to javascript inside of them, so it might be tempting to try and develop one yourself. If you already have developed an advisor, you can import one or if you like one that exists inside of ClusterControl, you can also export one. Happy clustering!

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