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The DRBD Module for FromDual Performance Monitor for MySQL is now available

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FromDual has released today the next version v0.6 of its FromDual Performance Monitor for MySQL.

The most important improvement of the new release is the new monitoring module for DRBD devices which are often used in MySQL High Availability (HA) set-ups.

MySQL HA (high availability) Cluster cookbook

In the following article I have summarized some steps and hints to set-up a MySQL active/passive fail-over Cluster also sometimes called MySQL HA.

With such a set-up you can achieve a 99.99% (4x9) HA set-up for MySQL (52 minutes downtime per year). The same procedure also works for PostgreSQL, Oracle and other database systems running on Linux (DRBD runs on Linux only).

The concept

The concept of an active/passive fail-over Cluster is the following:

MySQL Performance Monitor with DRBD monitoring capabilities

The FromDual Performance Monitor for MySQL has now a new module for monitoring DRBD. Since more an more of our customers want to run MySQL High Availability solutions based on DRBD we have implemented this module.

We gather all information which are reported with the command:

MySQL on VMware Workstation/DRBD vs. VMWare ESX Server/SAN

Or an active-active fail-over cluster à la VMware.

Today I have learned about a totally crazy/cool looking architecture where the expensive VMware ESX server was replace by a free/cheap VMware Workstation version in combination with DRBD.

Basically DRBD we name the poor man's SAN and that is exactly what this customer is doing. He replaced the SAN with DRBD and now he can easily move one VMware instance to the other host. Possibly it is not that flexible and powerful as an ESX Server but also not so expensive...

The architecture looks as follows:

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