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How to Deploy and Manage MaxScale using ClusterControl

We were delighted to announce that ClusterControl now supports MaxScale, the intelligent database gateway from the MariaDB team. In this blog, we will show you how to deploy and manage MaxScale from ClusterControl. We previously blogged about MaxScale, read it if you’d like a quick overview and introduction. We also published a quick benchmark of HAProxy vs MaxScale.

Become a MySQL DBA blog series - Database upgrades

In this blog post, we will cover one of the most basic tasks of the DBA - minor and major database upgrades. This is the sixth installment in the ‘Become a MySQL DBA’ blog series. Our previous posts in the DBA series include Replication Topology Changes, Schema Changes, High Availability, Backup & Restore, Monitoring & Trending.

Deploying Galera Cluster for MySQL using Vagrant

Vagrant is a system that allows you to easily create and move development environments from one machine to another. Simply define what type of VM you want in a file called Vagrantfile and then fire them up with a single command. It integrates well with virtual machine providers like VirtualBox, VMware and AWS. In this blog, we’ll show you how to expedite the deployment of your development environment using some Vagrant boxes we’ve put together.

Become a MySQL DBA blog series - Common operations - Schema Changes

This is the fourth installment in the 'Become a MySQL DBA' series, and discusses the different approaches to schema changes in MySQL. Our previous posts in the DBA series include High Availability, Backup & Restore and Monitoring & Trending.

Introducing ClusterControl Developer Studio and Creating your own Advisors in JavaScript

With ClusterControl 1.2.10, we introduced our new, powerful ClusterControl DSL (Domain Specific Language), which allows you to extend the functionality of your ClusterControl platform by creating Advisors, Auto Tuners, or “mini Programs”. The DSL syntax is based on JavaScript, with extensions to provide access to ClusterControl’s internal data structures and functions. The DSL allows you to execute SQL statements, run shell commands/programs across all your cluster hosts, and retrieve results to be processed for advisors/alerts or any other actions.

Leveraging AWS tools to speed up management of Galera Cluster on Amazon Cloud

We previously covered basic tuning and configuration best practices for MyQL Galera Cluster on AWS. In this blog post, we’ll go over some AWS features/tools that you may find useful when managing Galera on Amazon Cloud. This won’t be a detailed how-to guide as each tool described below would warrant its own blog post. But this should be a good overview of how you can use the AWS tools at your disposal.

5 Performance tips for running Galera Cluster for MySQL or MariaDB on AWS Cloud

Amazon Web Services is one of the most popular cloud environments. Galera Cluster is one of the most popular MySQL clustering solutions. This is exactly why you’ll see many Galera clusters running on EC2 instances. In this blog post, we’ll go over five performance tips that you need to take under consideration while deploying and running Galera Cluster on EC2.

Monitoring Galera Cluster for MySQL or MariaDB - Understanding and Optimizing IO-related InnoDB metrics

This blog post is a follow up to our previous post on monitoring CPU-related InnoDB metrics in Galera Cluster. One of the main issues in terms of scalability of MySQL (and thereby also Galera) is the ability to handle large amounts of I/O activity. MySQL, historically, was not very good in this area - flushing caused bumps and spikes in the workload, and kernel mutex was wrecking havoc in the overall stability.

Database Security - How to fully SSL-encrypt MySQL Galera Cluster and ClusterControl

Data security is a hot topic for many companies these days. But for those who need to adhere to security standards like PCI DSS or HIPAA, security is not an option. We showed you sometime back how to encrypt Galera replication traffic, but for a more complete solution, you’ll want to encrypt all database connections from client applications and any management/monitoring infrastructure.

Deploy an asynchronous slave to Galera Cluster for MySQL - The Easy Way

Due to its synchronous nature, Galera performance can be limited by the slowest node in the cluster. So running heavy reporting queries or making frequent backups on one node, or putting a node across a slow WAN link to a remote data center might indirectly affect cluster performance. Combining Galera and asynchronous MySQL replication in the same setup, aka Hybrid Replication, can help. A slave is loosely coupled to the cluster, and will be able to handle a heavy load without affecting the performance of the cluster. The slave can also be a live copy of the Galera cluster for disaster recovery purposes.