This post is a step-by-step guide to set up Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC) in a virtualized test sandbox. I used Amazon EC2 micro instances, but the content here is applicable for any kind of virtualization technology (for example VirtualBox). The goal is to give step by step instructions, so the setup process is understandable and it could serve as a reference architecture.
You will need 4 virtual machines. 3 for PXC and 1 for the client, which will have HaProxy. I used CentOS 6 as the operating system, the instructions are similar for any Linux distribution.
The client node will have HaProxy installed and it will redirect requests to PXC nodes. This approach works well in real-world scenarios too. Running HaProxy on the application servers instead of having them as dedicated entities gives you benefits like you don’t need [Read more...]