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How to Avoid SST When Adding a New Node to MySQL Galera Cluster

SST can be painful in some occasions, as it can block the donor node (with SST methods like mysqldump or rsync) and burden it when backing up the data and feeding it to the joiner. For a dataset of a few hundred gigabytes or more, the syncing process can take hours to complete - even if you have a fast network. It might be advisable to avoid e.g. when running in WAN environments with slower connects and limited bandwidth, or if you just want a very fast way of introducing a new node in your cluster.

Webinar Replay: Deciding on a Relevant Backup Solution

Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for this live session on backup strategies for MySQL and Galera clusters led by Krzysztof Książek, Senior Support Engineer at Severalnines. The replay and slides to the webinar are now available to watch and read online via the links below.

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MySQL Backup and Restore Best Practices

We’ll continue this blog series with another basic but crucial DBA responsibility - taking backups of your data. Backup and restore is one of the most important aspects of database administration. If a database crashed and there was no way to recover it, any resulting data loss might lead to devastating results to a business.

High Availability File Sync and Share - Deploying ownCloud with Galera Cluster for MySQL and GlusterFS

Cloud storage is hot. Dropbox, Apple iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive and Amazon Cloud Drive all offer cloud sharing platforms where you can store documents in the cloud and access them from all your devices. For enterprises who require full control, ownCloud is an open source solution that allows files to be stored on-premises and/or a backend cloud. 

Simple Backup Management of Galera Cluster Using s9s_backup

Percona XtraBackup is a great backup tool with lots of nice features to make online and consistent backups, although the variety of options can be a bit overwhelming. s9s_backup tries to make it simpler for users, it creates an easy to use interface for XtraBackup features such as full backups, incremental backups, streaming/non-streaming, and parallel compression.

mysqldump or Percona XtraBackup? Backup Strategies for MySQL Galera Cluster

Coming up with a backup strategy that does not affect database performance or lock your tables can be tricky. How do you backup your production database cluster without affecting your applications? Should you use mysqldump or Percona Xtrabackup? When should you use incremental backups? Where do you store the backups? In this blog post, we will cover some of the common backup methods for Galera Cluster for MySQL/MariaDB, and how you can get the most out of these. 

Using BitTorrent Sync to Transfer Database Backups Offsite

BitTorrent Sync is a simple replication application providing encrypted bidirectional file transfers that can run behind NAT and is specifically designed to handle large files. By leveraging the simplicity of Bittorrent Sync, we can transfer backup files away from our cluster, enhancing the backups availability and reducing the cost of broken backup, where you can regularly verify your backups off-site.