ClusterControl - The Guide

ClusterControl differs from the usual approach of trying to bolt together performance monitoring, automatic failover and backup management tools by combining – in one product – everything you need to deploy and operate mission-critical databases in production. This Guide explains why ClusterControl is the only database management system you’ll ever need to take control of your open source database infrastructure.

Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • What Makes ClusterControl Different
    • Comprehensive Management of Open Source Databases
    • The Need for Cluster Management Software
    • Not Just Monitoring
    • All-in-one Management Software
  • ClusterControl Architecture
  • Functionality
    • Backup Management
      • Schedule, Manage and Operate Backups
      • Define Backup Policies, Retention, History
      • Upload to the Cloud
      • Backup Encryption
      • Automatic Backup Verification
    • Monitoring and Alerting
      • Integrations
      • Agent Based Monitoring
    • Deployment and Scaling
      • Deployment on Cloud
      • Load Balancers
      • Integration with Configuration Management Systems via the CLI
    • Patches and Upgrades
      • Operational Reporting on Version Upgrades
    • Security and Compliance
      • Securing ClusterControl Traffic
      • ClusterControl Secure Backups
      • Encryption of Data in Transit (SSL)
      • Key Management
      • Security Advisors
      • User Roles
      • Audit Log for MySQL
      • Database Infrastructure Audit
    • Operational Reports
    • Configuration Management
    • Automatic Recovery & Repair
      • Make Sure the Master Is Really Dead Before You Failover
      • Failover Only Once
      • Do Not Failover to an Inconsistent Slave
      • Only Write to the Master
      • Do Not Automatically Recover the Failed Master
    • Performance Management
    • Automatic Performance Advisors
      • Custom Advisors
      • Developer Studio
  • Command Line Interface (CLI)
    • Deployment
    • Monitoring
    • Scaling
    • Management
  • Conclusion


ClusterControl is the only management system you’ll ever need to take control of your open source database infrastructure.

It’s a bold statement, but one we feel we have earned the right to make, based on many years of product development as well as customer deployments and feedback.

Since the inception of Severalnines, we have made it our mission to provide market-leading solutions to help organisations achieve optimal efficiency and availability of their open source database infrastructures.

With ClusterControl, as it stands today, we are proud to say: mission accomplished.

Our flagship product is an integrated deployment, monitoring, and management automation system for open source databases which provides holistic, real-time control of your database operations in an easy and intuitive experience, incorporating the best practices learned from thousands of customer deployments in a comprehensive system that helps you manage your databases safely and reliably.

Deploying, monitoring and managing highly available open source database clusters is not a small feat and requires either just as highly specialised database administration (DBA) skills … or professional tools and systems that non-DBA users can wield in order to build and maintain such systems, though these typically come with an equally high learning curve.

The idea and concept for ClusterControl was born out of that conundrum that most organisations face when it comes to running highly available database environments.

It is the only solution on the market today that provides that intuitive, easy to use system with the full set of tools required to manage such complex database environments end-to-end, whether one is a DBA or not.

The aim of this Guide is to make the case for comprehensive open source database management and the need for cluster management software. And explains in a just as comprehensive fashion why ClusterControl is the only management system you will ever need to run highly available open source database infrastructures.

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