April 20, 2014

High-availability options for MySQL, October 2013 update

The technologies allowing to build highly-available (HA) MySQL solutions are in constant evolution and they cover very different needs and use cases. In order to help people choose the best HA solution for their needs, we decided, Jay Janssen and I, to publish, on a regular basis (hopefully, this is the first), an update on […]

Choosing a MySQL HA Solution – MySQL Webinar: June 5

Selecting the most appropriate solution for a MySQL HA infrastructure is as much a business and philosophical decision as it is a technical one, but often the choice is made without adequately considering all three perspectives.  When too much attention is paid to one of these aspects at the cost of the others, the resulting […]

Why you can’t rely on a replica for disaster recovery

A couple of weeks ago one of my colleagues and I worked on a data corruption case that reminded me that sometimes people make unsafe assumptions without knowing it. This one involved SAN snapshotting that was unsafe. In a nutshell, the client used SAN block-level replication to maintain a standby/failover MySQL system, and there was […]

Percona welcomes Yves Trudeau and Fernando Ipar

I’m happy to extend a warm welcome to two new members of the Percona team.

First is Yves Trudeau, about whom I can say many things:

One of the top MySQL Cluster (NDB Cluster) experts in the world.
An expert on all things High Availability, including DRBD and Heartbeat.
Many years of experience with Huge Data.
Half of the Waffle Grid team.
A really nice person!

Yves joins us after a tenure of several years as a senior consultant at Sun/MySQL. Together with Matt Yonkovit, he plans to work on WaffleGrid (…

Is DRBD the right choice for me?

It seems pretty common to find customers install DRBD for the wrong reasons. There are many pros/cons to compare DRBD to replication, but I’ve managed to cut down my spiel I give to customers to these two points: DRBD’s aim (assuming replication mode C) is to provide 100% consistency, and then as much uptime as […]