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At our June meetup, our guest speaker and Chief Evangelist from MariaDb Colin Charles gave a presentation on “Lessons from database failures”. Some of the details of his presentation included:
- Notable failures causing companies to go out of business
- varying backup commands and options
- Understanding a/semi/synchronous replication
- Replication topology management tools
- Proxy and sharding tools
- Security, SQL injections and encryption
At our August meetup, our guest Calvin Sun gave a presentation on life @ Twitter. Some of the details of his presentation included:
- Information on existing data and storage solutions in operation.
- MySQL 5.6 performance improvements over MySQL 5.5
- The short upgrade cadence, most servers are running 5.6.26.
- Various patches and optimizations developed by Twitter to run at scale.
- Cotton on Mesos
- Best practices
In this presentation on High Performance SQL and NoSQL to the New York Web Performance Meetup I use the simple analogy of applying the same techniques used in Web Performance Optimization (WPO) to your data path (SQL or NoSQL) performance.
This presentation provides examples for 5 of the most common WPO optimizations and how to apply this to your applications access to data:
- Gzip assets
- Make fewer HTTP requests
- Add expires headers
- Use a CDN
- Optimized Images
This presentation was recorded. A video link will be available at a later time.
Thanks to Grovo for hosting the event.
For those that are not familiar with MaxScale in the MySQL ecosystem, from the initial slides:
What is MaxScale?
The simple answer is a classical proxy that sits between the database clients and servers forwarding requests and responses.
The more detailed answer is a proxy platform for building highly tailored and configurable proxy implementations, that is database aware, and that is built with a pluggable architecture.
The production information and software can be found at https://mariadb.com/products/mariadb-maxscale
The source code can be found at https://github.com/mariadb-corporation/MaxScale
The MaxScale blogs can be found at https://mariadb.com/blog-tags/MaxScale
This presentation from the MySQL/NoSQL/Cloud Conference in Latin America provides my experiences of the most common problems managing MySQL Operations in general with customers, and a number of current problems experienced recently.
Many consider the ease of installation and use of MySQL as a selling point, however MySQL installation is not install and forget. It sounds simple, however there are many important decisions that have long lasting effects. The choice of version, choice of repo, choice of variant is just the beginning.
The appropriate configuration before any application uses the MySQL instance is also critical. Some decisions can lead to data integrity issues that can be difficult or impossible to correct without expensive rework. The decision regarding timezone management is one point discussed in detail.
However the greatest impact to the time and energy of MySQL operations is application development. The use of frameworks, the absence of knowledge of writing SQL, the lack or abuse of transactions all contribute to unnecessary complexity and stress in ensuring a performing and highly available MySQL infrastructure.
Day to day, tasks including testing and managing MySQL upgrades in a 24x7x365 environment, changing QEPs due to data distribution, complexities in point in time recovery with triggers, ROW base replication are all edge cases that have to be experienced to understand that MySQL operations is a detailed process to manage and support.
The outline of this presentation includes:
- What is Operations
- Operations Woes
- Day to day problems
- Other experiences
I recently completed a four country tour of Baltic Sea countries presenting this seminar series at:
- Helsinki, Finland on Wednesday August 20.
- Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday August 21.
- Riga, Lavtia on Tuesday August 26.
- Talinn, Estonia on Wednesday August 27.
This seminar of four presentations provided a detailed review of the essential lifecycle components for developing a successful software application and offered a checklist for your company to review the design, development, deployment and support practices of your MySQL business applications. Presentations included:
NOTE: More detailed posts which include detailed links will be released soon.
Effective MySQL Architecture and Design Practices
Correctly designing a MySQL architecture has a huge impact on the growth of your system for future needs. This presentation covered some key business and technology decisions that should be asked and discussed before building a MySQL based system.
Effective Software Development with MySQL
While the MySQL RDBMS is essential for storing your information, how your application interacts with applicable business logic is what makes each company in unique. Ensuring the practices of your developers can deliver reliable and maintainable systems cost effectively is important for success.
Upcoming MySQL features for modern applications
Are you running a legacy version of MySQL that is no longer supported? Oracle has provided three versions since purchasing Sun Microsystems in 2010. This presentation discusses the current and upcoming features of the various MySQL versions and provide insights into why these new features are important for developing modern applications.
Effective Web Site Operations
It is very important for companies to be able to support and manage your MySQL installation and related technology stack. This presentation included being prepared for handling software, OS or dependency upgrades. Ensuring the right backup and recovery procedures and correct testing and verification to avoid common pitfalls. Monitoring, alerting and instrumentation options.
This overview of MySQL provided a background of the history, ecosystem, current community and commercial products available.
A special thank you to all the organizers and sponsors that made each of these events possible. It takes a lot of work for organizers and event locations to enable attendees to get the best event possible.
- Heli Helskyaho, EMEA Oracle User Group President
- Petri Koistinen from the Finland MySQL Users Group
- Solinor. Sponsor and host for Finland event.
- Olle Nilsson and Thomas Johansson from the Sweden MySQL Users Group and Ted Wennmark from Oracle Sweden.
- B3IT. Sponsor and host for Sweden event.
- Andrejs Vorobjovs from the Oracle Users Group Latvia
- BDA. Sponsor and host for Latvia event. DBACC our beer sponsor for after event
- Ilmar Kerm from the Oracle Users Group Estonia
- TransferWise. Sponsor and host for Estonia event.
- Vikka Lira – Oracle ACE Program