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How is automation impacting the dba role?

via GIPHY I was at a dinner party recently, and talking with some colleagues. I had worked with them years back on Oracle systems. One colleague Maria said she really enjoyed my newsletter. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. She went on to say how much has changed in the last …

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Webinar Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Differences between MariaDB and MySQL

Join Percona’s Chief Evangelist, Colin Charles as he presents Differences Between MariaDB and MySQL on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 7:00 am PST (UTC -8) / 10:00 am EST (UTC -5).

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Tags: MariaDB, MySQL, Percona Server for MySQL, DBA, SysAdmin, DevOps
Experience Level: Novice

MariaDB and MySQL. Are they syntactically similar? Where do these two query languages differ? Why would I use one over the other?

MariaDB is on the path of gradually diverging from MySQL. One obvious example is the internal data …

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Webinar January 18, 2018: MySQL Troubleshooting and Performance Optimization with Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM) Part 2

Join Percona’s Product Manager Michael Coburn as he presents MySQL Troubleshooting and Performance Optimization with Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM) Part 2 on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 11:00 am PST / 2:00 pm EST (UTC-8).

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Tags: Percona Monitoring and Management, PMM, Monitoring, MySQL, Performance, Optimization, DBA, SysAdmin, DevOps
Experience Level: Expert

Optimizing MySQL performance and troubleshooting MySQL problems are two of the most critical and challenging tasks for …

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Two New MySQL Books!

There are two new MySQL books both from Apress Press. One is an in depth master course on the subject and the other is a quick introduction.


ProMySQL NDB Cluster is subtitled Master the MySQL Cluster Lifecycle and at nearly 700 pages it is vital resource to anyone that runs or is thinking about running NDB Cluster. The authors, Jesper Wisborg Krogh and Mikiya Okuno, have distilled their vast knowledge of this difficult subject in a detail packed but easily readable book.  MySQL Cluster is much more complex in many areas than a regular MySQL server and here you will find all those details. If you run MySQL NDB Cluster then you need this book. The partitioning information in chapter 2 is worth the price of the book alone.  I am only a third of the way …

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How Scary is Enabling Semi-Sync Replication?

Semi-sync Replication is a plugin available for mysql which allows you to create more durable replication topologies.  For instance you can ensure that in the event of a master crash that at least one of your replicas has all transaction currently written to the master so that when you promote, you know you're not missing any data.

That's a huge simplification.

What's the downside?  Write speed.  If a transaction on your master have to wait until a replica acknowledges it has that transaction, then there is going to be some delay.  Not only that, but your network latency between the two points matters a lot.  If you want greater durability, the cost is performance.

It's important to note that the master doesn't wait until the replica actually runs the transaction on the …

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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 →

MySQL Document Store Video Series

I am starting a series of videos on the MySQL Document Store. The Document Store allows those who do not know Structured Query Language (SQL) to use a database without having to know the basics of relational databases, set theory, or data normalization. The goal is to have sort 2-3 minute episodes on the various facets of the Document Store including the basics, using various programming languages (Node.JS, PHP, Python), and materializing free form schemaless, NoSQL data into columns for use with SQL.

The first Episode, Introduction, can be found here.

Please provide feedback and let me know if there are subjects you would want covered in the near future.

Getting Started with MySQL Replication for High-Availability

Many organizations have MySQL or MariaDB databases at the core of their business—for processing and storing product sales, collecting information related to services offered, or just providing essential information to customers. As a result, keeping these databases running continuously can be critical for the success of an organization.

There are many components of a database system that a database administrator will need to consider for maintaining high availability. We considered server equipment (e.g., memory) in a previous introductory article. Now let’s look at using multiple servers for your MySQL and MariaDB databases—let’s look at replication.

Replication Overview

One common and effective way to structure a highly available database system is through some form of database replication. There are a few reasons …

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Getting Started with MySQL Replication for High-Availability

Many organizations have MySQL or MariaDB databases at the core of their business—for processing and storing product sales, collecting information related to services offered, or just providing essential information to customers. As a result, keeping these databases running continuously can be critical for the success of an organization.

There are many components of a database system that a database administrator will need to consider for maintaining high availability. We considered server equipment (e.g., memory) in a previous introductory article. Now let’s look at using multiple servers for your MySQL and MariaDB databases—let’s look at replication.

Replication Overview

One common and effective way to structure a highly available database system is through some form of database replication. There are a few …

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Getting Started with MySQL High-Availability

Keeping databases running consistently and continuously is crucial to many organizations. When your site or application fails to load because of problems with your databases, you risk losing revenues—especially a business with a high traffic site which is the main source of revenues. If it happens often enough, you’ll lose not only transactions but customers.

There are many reasons why a database system may be unavailable, or at least not consistently available. It could be straightforward problems with your databases, or it could be hardware limitations. There are several potentially weak components of a database system. It’s important to know where are the potential weak points and to have a clear sense of what’s required to maintain a highly available database system.

If this concept is moderately new to you, it may be overwhelming. However, please understand that it’s achievable and learnable. You can start by focusing …

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