Improving Performance by Running MySQL Multiple Times

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Many people will say that running applications in a virtualized environment can lead to degraded performance and functionality. But with careful selection of your environment, configuration and the applications and environments you can achieve the opposite result.

The session will start by looking at the different virtualized environments and the functionality and environment that they each provide. The common environments, including desktop solutions like VMware, hypervisor solutions like xVM/Xen, and operating system level solutions such as containers, BSD jails and Logical Domains (LDOMs), will all be covered with specific reference to their configuration, functionality and performance aspects.

In this session we will examine typical myths and problems that people experience with virtualized environments and how these issues can limit your MySQL deployment. To counter these issues, this session will provide some tips for improving performance in different virtual environments.

The session will then provide information on the benefits of running multiple servers, and how those combinations can be exploited to produce solutions that target specific goals, such as building single-box solutions with large scalability, or by using the different virtualized environments to optimize your chosen solution.

Throughout, example configurations, benchmark and performance examples will be provided to demonstrate the different systems and combinations and how they can be applied to your problems and environments.

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MC Brown

Sun Microsystems

Martin MC Brown is a Technical Writer for the MySQL team within Sun Microsystems, but spends a lot of his time working with and advising different teams within MySQL on the architecture, implementation and end-user experience of MySQL. He draws on a wide experience of database and application development and large scale deployment of technology in grids and distributed computing environments involving hundreds or thousands of computers working in harmony. Today he spends most of his time developing large scale solutions, techniques for better performance monitoring or writing about it to educate other people.

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Sheeri K. Cabral
07/29/2009 4:50am PDT

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04/25/2009 7:54am PDT

Slightly misleading title as the session showed how to utilize your hardware to a max but I failed to see how this could improve performance for a single application.

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