Hybrid replication, i.e. combining Galera and asynchronous MySQL replication in the same setup, became much easier with MySQL 5.6 and GTID. Although it was fairly straightforward to replicate from a standalone MySQL server to a Galera Cluster, doing it the other way round (Galera → standalone MySQL) was a bit more challenging. At least until MySQL 5.6 and GTID.
There are a few good reasons to attach an asynchronous slave to a Galera Cluster. For one, long-running reporting/OLAP type queries on a Galera node might slow down an entire cluster, if the reporting load is so intensive that the node has to[Read more...]