Thursday Sep 29, 2011

MySQL HA Solutions: New Guide Available

Databases are the center of today’s web, enterprise and embedded applications, storing and protecting an organization’s most valuable assets and supporting business-critical applications. Just minutes of downtime can result in significant lost revenue and dissatisfied customers. Ensuring database highly availability is therefore a top priority for any organization.

The new MySQL Guide to High Availability solutions is designed to navigate users through the HA maze, discussing:

- The causes, effects and impacts of downtime;

- Methodologies to select the right HA solution;

- Different approaches to delivering highly available MySQL services;

- Operational best practices to meet Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

As discussed in the new Guide, selecting the high availability solution that is appropriate for your application depends upon 3 core principles:

- The level of availability required to meet business objectives, within budgetary constraints;

- The profile of application being deployed (i.e. concurrent users, requests per second, etc.);

- Operational standards within each data center.

Recognizing that each application or service has different operational and availability requirements, the guide discusses the range of certified and supported High Availability (HA) solutions – from internal departmental applications all the way through to geographically redundant, multi-data center systems delivering 99.999% availability (i.e. less than 5 ½ minutes of downtime per year) supporting transactional web services, communications networks, cloud and hosting environments, etc.

By combining the right technology with the right skills and processes, users can achieve business continuity, while developers and DBAs can sleep tight at night! Download the guide to learn more.

Monday Aug 01, 2011

More New MySQL 5.6 Early Access Features

Last week was a banner week for MySQL at OSCON. We had many MySQL developers meeting with the MySQL community, conducting technical sessions, leading BOF sessions, working the exhibit hall, and confirming Oracle's leadership in the technical evolution of MySQL.  The highlight of the week was the unveiling of even more 5.6 early access InnoDB and Replication features that are now available for early adopters to download, evaluate and shape via labs.mysql.com.  

InnoDB is one of MySQL's "crown jewels" and beginning in 5.5 is now the default storage engine.  The following 5.6 feature improvements are in direct response to community and customer feedback and requests.  The new 5.6 early access features include:


  • Full-text search
  • REDO log files max size extended to 2 TB
  • UNDO logs on their own tablespace
  • Buffer Pool options for pre-loading/warming on re-start
  • Improved auto-extension of .ibd files
  • Support for smaller 4k, 8k page sizes

Replication is by far the most popular and widely used MySQL feature. The following feature improvements in 5.6 are also in direct response to community and customer feedback and requests.  The new 5.6 early access features include:
  • New Binlog API
  • Binlog group commit (completes InnoDB group commit implemented in MySQL 5.5)
  • Durable Slave Reads
  • Enhanced multi-threaded slaves
You can read about the details, including development blogs on how to get started with each in this new DevZone article.  My sincere thanks and appreciation to the InnoDB and Replication development teams for their leadership in technical innovation and mind share and for their dedicated work in providing these and other new features "early and often" to the MySQL community.  Stay tuned for more to come!

We can't say this "early and often" enough...thanks for your continued support of MySQL!

MySQL 5.6 Replication – New Early Access Features

At OSCON 2011 last week, Oracle delivered more early access (labs) features for MySQL 5.6 replication. These features are focused on better integration, performance and data integrity, and are summarized in this blog with links to resources enabling users to download, configure and evaluate them[Read More]

Thursday Jul 14, 2011

New “Meet The MySQL Experts” Podcast Series

During the past year, we’ve put a lot of emphasis at Oracle on sharing information with the MySQL Community. Actions included PR and communications not only about GA products but also about development milestone releases and features available in labs.mysql.com, as well as more technical articles, more blogs, participation to conferences…etc. We very much value the feedback and discussions such communications generate.

We therefore plan to keep communicating this way, and do even more. This is why we’re now very pleased to announce a new Oracle podcast series entitled “Meet the MySQL Experts”! We plan to, once a month, interview an Oracle MySQL Engineer who will share information about his/her domain expertise, and what he/she is currently working on.

For the first edition, it was my pleasure to interview Mats Kindahl about MySQL Replication.

We hope you enjoy the new podcast series, which we think will be a good complement to the great “OurSQL” podcast that Sheeri and Sarah are running.

Feedback welcome, including about topics that you would like us to cover in subsequent editions.

Tuesday Dec 15, 2009

A new MySQL Milestone Release (5.5.0-M2) has been published

Following our new Milestone-based release model, we've now published MySQL 5.5.0-M2. Please see the "What's New in MySQL 5.5" section of the reference manual for a summary of the most notable changes. The MySQL 5.5.0 Changelog provides a much more detailed list of changes, bug fixes and improvements.

Highlights in this release include:

The InnoDB plugin (currently at version 1.0.5) replaces the built-in InnoDB storage engine. This version includes a number of important performance improvements, especially when running on multi-core CPUs with many concurrent transactions.

Support for "semisynchronous" replication. This is a very useful feature to check out, if you use MySQL replication in a high-availability scenario and you want to ensure that at least one replication slave has received the latest transaction that was committed on the master. The master waits for confirmation from the slave after a commit before it returns control to the application. See the chapter "Semisynchronous replication" in the reference manual for more details. Mark Callaghan and Giuseppe Maxia also provide some more background information about this feature in their blog posts.

You can now use SIGNAL and RESIGNAL statements in stored routines and triggers, as defined by the SQL standard. These statements can be used to raise an error inside of your routines and can define appropriate actions, e.g. displaying an error message or issuing warnings. Check out the reference manual or take a look at Roland Bouman's blog post that provides a quick overview by giving a practical example.

The table partitioning functionality that was introduced with MySQL 5.1 received a large number of bug fixes and improvements. For example, you can now use two new types of user-defined partitioning: RANGE COLUMNS and LIST COLUMNS, providing more flexibility when it comes to defining how a table should be partitioned (e.g. by defining ranges or lists based on DATE, DATETIME or strings). Ranges based on multiple columns are now possible, too. For more information, please see the chapters "RANGE Partitioning", and "LIST Partitioning" in the reference manual.

Other improvements include new LOAD XML statement, which allows you to read data from an XML file into a table, a new TO_SECONDS() date function to calculate the number of seconds since the year zero and a ton of bug fixes.

Binary packages and sources are now available from the MySQL 5.5 download pages. The Bazaar source tree of this milestone release is available on Launchpad, too, in case you want to take a closer look at the ongoing development work in this branch. So please download and toy around with this release – we are looking forward to your feedback!

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