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Patching in the Cloud

As a developer at another company (not Oracle), I once worked the support phone lines as the philosophy of the company was that developers should be familiar with real customers and their applications. I recall one call on a particular morning:  a customer was crying because she had upgraded her database. The upgrade had destroyed her data. And, she had no backup. Her research data had been created for her PhD thesis. Sadly, she could not complete her degree since her work had been destroyed.

This true story has always reminded me of how deadly an upgrade can be.

Fortunately, the Oracle MySQL Cloud Service (MySQLCS) software has made the upgrade process more robust. With the MySQLCS software, you can test drive your upgrade process with your application. By spinning up a MySQLCS cloud instance you can:

  • Pre-check the new MySQL version to make sure system requirements such as disk space are adequate before the …
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MySQL Workbench 6.3.8 GA has been released

Dear MySQL users,

The MySQL developer tools team announces 6.3.8 as our GA release for
MySQL Workbench 6.3.

For the full list of changes in this revision, visit
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/workbench/en/changes-6-3.html

For discussion, join the MySQL Workbench Forums:
http://forums.mysql.com/index.php?152

Download MySQL Workbench 6.3.8 GA now, for Windows, Mac OS X 10.9+,
Oracle Linux 6 and 7, Fedora 23 and Fedora 24, Ubuntu 16.04
or sources, from:

http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/tools/workbench/

Maximizing Database Performance – MySQL Tuning Best Practices

With the added complexity of growing data volumes and ever changing workloads, database performance tuning is now necessary to maximize resource utilizations and system performance. However, performance tuning is often easier said than done.

Let’s face it, tuning is difficult for a number of reasons. For one thing, it requires a significant amount of expertise in order to understand execution plans, and often update or re-write good SQL. On top of that, tuning is usually very time consuming. There will always be a large volume of SQL statements to sort through, which may lead to uncertainty around which specific statement needs tuning; and given every statement is different, so too is the tuning approach.

As data volumes grow and technology becomes increasingly complex, it is becoming more important to tune databases properly to deliver end-user experience and to lower infrastructure costs. Performance tuning can help database …

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Database Challenges and Innovations. Interview with Jim Starkey

“Isn’t it ironic that in 2016 a non-skilled user can find a web page from Google’s untold petabytes of data in millisecond time, but a highly trained SQL expert can’t do the same thing in a relational database one billionth the size?.–Jim Starkey.

I have interviewed Jim Starkey. A database legendJim’s career as an entrepreneur, architect, and innovator spans more than three decades of database history.

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Q1. In your opinion, what are the most significant advances in databases in the last few years?

Jim Starkey: I’d have to say the “atom programming model” where a database is layered on a substrate of peer-to-peer replicating distributed objects rather than disk files. The atom programming model enables scalability, redundancy, high availability, and distribution not available in traditional, disk-based database …

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Budapest MySQL Meetup

I just created the Budapest MySQL Meetup group. I hope there will be interest for that, the first event is under organising.  Check it if you are near Budapest!   Share This:

LinkedIn China new Social Platform Chitu. Interview with Dong Bin.

“Complicated queries, like looking for second degree friends, is really hard to traditional databases.” –Dong Bin

I have interviewed Dong Bin, Engineer Manager at LinkedIn China. The LinkedIn China development team launched a new social platform — known as Chitu — to attract a meaningful segment of the Chinese professional networking market.

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Q1. What is your role at LinkedIn China?

Dong Bin: I am an Engineer Manager in charge of the backend services for Chitu. The backend includes all Chitu`s consumer based features, like feeds, chat, event, etc.

Q2. You recently launched a new social platform, called Chitu. Which segment of the …

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Optimized State Snapshot Transfers in a WAN Environment

Introduction

Galera Cluster is a robust product that allows you to create geo-distributed database clusters where the nodes are located in geographically separate locations. WAN links tend to be slow while database sizes tend to grow, and the disparity may become painfully obvious in cases where the entire dataset needs to be shipped over the network.

If a node joins the cluster either for the first time or after a period of prolonged downtime, it may need to obtain a complete snapshot of the database from some other node. This operation is called State Snapshot Transfer or SST, and is often reasonably quick in a LAN environment.

In a geo-distributed cluster, however, the dataset may need to travel over a slow WAN link. A transfer that takes seconds over a 10Gb network can take hours over a cable modem.

SST does not happen during the normal operation of the cluster, but may be needed during an outage situation …

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Faceted search, why the DevAPI could matter one day

Faceted search or faceted navigation is a highly praised and widely use search pattern. And, it is a great reply to an off the records sales engineering question. MySQL finally has some document store features built-in. A bit of a yawn in 2016. There is a new X DevAPI available with some Connectors. A bit of a yawn technically. But it is a non-technical change of mind: developer centric counts! Sales, all, technical value could show at non-trivial developer tasks, like faceted search.

Todays X DevAPI does not get you very far

There are great stories to tell about the X …

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On Using HPE Vertica. Interview with Eva Donaldson.

“After you have built out your data lake, use it. Ask it questions. You will begin to see patterns where you want to dig deeper. The Hadoop ecosystem doesn’t allow for that digging and not at a speed that is customer facing. For that, you need some sort of analytical database.”– Eva Donaldson.

I have interviewed Eva Donaldson, software engineer and data architect at iContact. Main topic of the interview is her experience in using HPE Vertica.

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Q1. What is the business of iContact?

Eva Donaldson: iContact is a provider of cloud based email marketing, marketing automation and social media marketing products. We offer expert advice, design services, and an award-winning Salesforce email integration and Google Analytics tracking features specializing in …

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MySQL Workbench 6.3.7 GA has been released

Dear MySQL users,

The MySQL developer tools team announces 6.3.7 as our GA release for
MySQL Workbench 6.3.

For the full list of changes in this revision, visit
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/workbench/en/changes-6-3.html

For discussion, join the MySQL Workbench Forums:
http://forums.mysql.com/index.php?152

Download MySQL Workbench 6.3.7 GA now, for Windows, Mac OS X 10.9+,
Oracle Linux 6 and 7, Fedora 23 and Fedora 24, Ubuntu 16.04
or sources, from:

http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/tools/workbench/

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