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Percona Support with Amazon RDS

This blog post will give a brief overview of Amazon RDS capabilities and limitations, and how Percona Support can help you succeed in your Amazon RDS deployments.

One of the common questions that we get from customers and prospective customers is about Percona Support with Amazon RDS. As many companies have shifted to the cloud, or are considering how to do so, it’s natural to try to understand the limitations inherent in different deployment strategies.

Why Use Amazon RDS?

As more companies move to using the cloud, we’ve seen a shift towards work models in technical teams that require software developers to take on more operational duties than they have traditionally. This makes it essential to abstract infrastructure so it can be interacted with as code, whether through automation or APIs. Amazon RDS presents a compelling DBaaS product with significant flexibility while maintaining ease of deployment.

Use …

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How to Configure Aurora RDS Parameters

In this blog post, we’ll look at some tips on how to configure Aurora RDS parameters.

I was recently deploying a few Aurora RDS instances, a process very similar to configuring a regular RDS instance. I noticed a few minor differences in the way you configure Aurora RDS parameters, and very few articles on how the commands should be structured (for RDS as well as Aurora). The only real literature available is the official Amazon RDS documentation.

This blog provides a concise “how-to” guide to quickly change Aurora RDS parameters using the AWS CLI. Aurora retains the parameter group model introduced with RDS, with new instances having the default read only parameter groups. For a new instance, you need to create and allocate a new parameter group (this requires a DB reboot). After that, you can apply changes to …

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How to interview an amazon database expert

via GIPHY Amazon releases a new database offering every other day. It sure isn’t easy to keep up. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Let’s say you’re hiring a devops & you want to suss out their database knowledge? Or you’re hiring a professional services firm or freelance consultant. Whatever the … Continue reading How to interview an amazon database expert →

RDS vs Aurora vs EC2 benchmark

The goal of the benchmark is to compare performance and price/performance of Amazon RDS (Aurora) and MySQL server running on EC2 instance.

MySQL versions

  • MySQL 5.6 on RDS
  • Aurora on RDS
  • MySQL 5.6 community version on EC2
  • MySQL 5.7 community version on EC2

Sysbench test

  • Primary Key lookup queries
  • OLTP workload with mix of SELECT, UPDATE, DELETE and INSERT queries
  • IO and CPU bound workloads

Sysbench Benchmarks CPU bound

Dataset size – 76G

IO bound

Dataset size 375G

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Creating An External Slave For A Live AWS Aurora Instance


When working with Amazon AWS Aurora, there are some steps to consider when trying to get data out of an active Aurora master into a slave, potentially into a EC2 instance or offsite in another data centre. Creating an external mysql to Aurora gives the option to move out of Aurora, or to have the flexibility to move data around as desired. With AWS RDS instances this task is pretty simple because you can do the following :

  1. Create a read replica
  2. Stop the slave process
  3. Capture the positioning
  4. Dump the database

With Aurora it’s a little trickier, because a read replica in Aurora has no slave process. All of the replication is handled on the back end and cannot be controlled. However, setting up an external slave can be done.

Amazon AWS Documentation

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AWS Aurora Benchmarking part 2

Some time ago, I published the article on AWS Aurora Benchmarking (AWS Aurora Benchmarking – Blast or Splash?), in which I analyzed the behavior of different solutions using synchronous replication in AWS environment. This blog follows up with some of the comments and suggestions I received regarding that post from the community and Amazon engineers.

I decided to perform another round of tests, keeping in mind comments and suggestions received.

I presented some of the results during the Percona conference in Santa Clara last April 2016. The following is the transposition that presentation, with more details.

Not interested in the preliminary descriptions? Go to the results section

Why new tests?

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A first look at RDS Aurora

Recently, I happened to have an onsite engagement and the goal of the engagement was to move a database service to RDS Aurora. Like probably most of you, I knew the service by name but I couldn’t say much about it, so, I Googled, I listened to talks and I read about it. Now that my onsite engagement is over, here’s my first impression of Aurora.

First, let’s describe the service itself. It is part of RDS and, at first glance, very similar to a regular RDS instance. In order to setup an Aurora instance, you go to the RDS console and you either launch a new instance choosing Aurora as type or you create a snapshot of a RDS 5.6 instance and migrate it to Aurora. While with a regular MySQL RDS instance you can create slaves, with Aurora you can add reader nodes to an existing cluster. An Aurora cluster minimally consists of a …

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Log Buffer #441: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

This Log Buffer Edition dives deep into the ocean of blogosphere and surfaces with some cool blog posts from Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.


  • Lets Talk DB Perth
  • The Fundamental Challenge of Computer System Performance
  • Index Advanced Compression: Multi-Column Index
  • Middleware Diagnostics Advisor (MDA) Setup
  • Most people are now aware that in 12c, a …
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MySQL Aurora CPU spikes

Recently we encountered an issue with aurora, where our cpu started spiking every X minutes. (X < 30)

we had like 20-30 connections, out of which majority were inserts and a few selects.

every time the spike occurred our inserts would start waiting and waiting….

here is innotop output

we checked our code. nothing major had changed.

The mysql error log had this mysterious message which i could not trace in the mysql/percona/maria source.

“Innodb: Retracted crabbing in btr_cur_search_to_nth_level 33001 times since restart”

if you get to know the meaning of this – please do let me know – would love to understand this.

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Should I worry about the Query Cache in Aurora ?

There are a lot of blog posts on the internet which warn you about using the Query Cache in MySQL.

I was surprised to see that the query cache was enabled in Aurora.

This was the size on a ‘db.r3.large’ instance.

On a ‘db.r3.2xlarge’  instance, it was set to 2460900352 i.e. 2.4GB

I am not sure, if amazon has done something to improve the query cache.

So, do run tests with Aurora and see if the cache suits you.

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