Friday, April 17, 2015

Introducing VMware Continuent 4.0 – MySQL Clustering and Real-time Replication to Data Warehouses

It’s with great pleasure we announce the general availability of VMware Continuent 4.0 – a new suite of solutions for clustering and replication of MySQL to data warehouses.

VMware Continuent enables enterprises running business-critical database applications to achieve commercial-grade high availability (HA), globally redundant disaster recovery (DR) and performance scaling. The new suite makes it even simpler to create MySQL database clusters in the cloud or in a private data center, to keep the data available even when systems fail.

In addition, VMware Continuent provides data replication from relational databases to high-performance NoSQL and data analytics engines to derive insight from big data for better business decisions.

The suite is available in four different flavors:
  • VMware Continuent for Clustering –Provides full MySQL clustering, including load balancing, failover, and multi-master, multi-site deployments.
  • VMware Continuent for Disaster Recovery – Enables MySQL replication to another server or site to handle disaster recovery scenarios.
  • VMware Continuent for Replication – Provides core replication between MySQL, MariaDB and Percona servers and replication to and from Oracle.
  • VMware Continuent for Analytics and Big Data – Provides replication from MySQL to various Hadoop distributions (including Pivotal HD, MapR, HortonWorks, and Cloudera), HP Vertica, and Amazon Redshift.
You can also combine the different flavors to best fit your use case including:
  • Cost-efficient business continuity, HA and DR for business-critical MySQL applications with continuous operation requirements in both on-premises and cloud environments.
  • Geographically distributed Multi-site, Multi-Master deployments servicing globally distributed users.
  • Real-time transactional data loading to data warehouses.
  • Replication from Oracle to MySQL and MySQL to Oracle for easier web deployments.
Additional, benefits offered to customers by VMware Continuent 4.0 include:
  • Zero-Downtime Maintenance– Perform database maintenance, such as schema changes, upgrades to a new version of MySQL or adding new hardware, without application or service interruptions.
  • High Availability – Replace a failed master DBMS server within seconds while maintaining continuous availability and without losing any transactions.
  • Improved Performance  – Increase replication performance over native MySQL and increase transaction volumes using intelligent parallel methods.
  • Geo-Clustering – Implement multi-master, cross-site database clusters that span sites and are ready for immediate failover.
  • Disaster Recovery – Switch to a hot-standby disaster recovery site running a VMware Continuent cluster with a single command without losing application connectivity.
  • Affordable Oracle Replication – Replicate data from Oracle to MySQL, from MySQL to Oracle, and from Oracle to Oracle. Think “Oracle GoldenGate without the price tag!”
  • Real-Time Integration Between RDBMS and Analytics – Replicate quickly and efficiently to high-performance NoSQL and data analytics engines to derive insight from big data for better business decisions.
  • Supports off-the-shelf MySQL, MariaDB and Percona Server –No software upgrade, data migration, application or DDL changes are required.
Click here for more information on the individual VMware Continuent packages outlined above.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Real-time data loading from Oracle and MySQL to data warehouses, analytics

Analyzing transactional data is becoming increasingly common, especially as the data sizes and complexity increase and transactional stores are no longer to keep pace with the ever-increasing storage. Although there are many techniques available for loading data, getting effective data in real-time into your data warehouse store is a more difficult problem.

In this webinar-on-demand we showcase VMware Continuent's capabilities for continuous and real-time data warehouse loading. We share practical tips and a live demo of how to get your data warehouse loading projects off the ground quickly and efficiently.

Recorded 3/3/2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

vCloud Air and business-critical MySQL

VMware Continuent, a multi-site, multi-master database cluster solution, provides a full data management solution that is already handling billions of transactions daily for our customers, on-premises and in the cloud. Join us to learn how Continuent and MySQL can run business-critical applications in vCloud Air, VMware's hybrid cloud solution. 

In this new webinar-on-demand, you will learn about the following:
  • What is vCloud Air and how can it benefit your company
  • Overview of DBMS operation in vCloud Air
  • Tips and tricks for running Continuent MySQL clusters
  • Roadmap for Continuent in vCloud Air as well as vSphere support.
We have a lot of great work on tap related to vCloud Air as well as VMware products in general. Join us for this glimpse into the future of Continuent clustering and replication at VMware.

Recorded 2/19/15

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Business continuity with geographically distributed multi-master MySQL clusters

Global data access can greatly expand the reach of your business. Continuent's multi-site multi-master (MSMM) solutions enable applications to accept write traffic in multiple locations across on-premises and vCloud Air. This includes the following important real-world use cases:
  • Improve performance for globally distributed users registering hardware devices by permitting updates on the geographically closest site
  • Ensure availability of credit card processing by spreading transaction processing across two or more sites. Users can still process credit card transactions if a single site is unavailable to them for any reason, including end-user Internet routing problems
  • Enable business continuity by using multi-master updates on different hosting providers for service scalability, personalization and software upgrades of GPS devices.
Individual Continuent clusters already provide excellent single-site database availability and performance. In this webinar we review the benefits of combining multiple Continuent clusters into a global multi-site multi-master database cluster (MSMM) topology for:
  • Optimizing your installation for MSMM
  • Optimizing your application for MSMM
  • Monitoring and administration
  • Failover and recovery of individual servers or entire locations.
Recorded 02/10/15

Thursday, January 29, 2015

MySQL High Availability and Disaster Recovery

Users seeking high availability, disaster recovery and zero downtime maintenance operation for business-critical MySQL applications face confusing choices. Is multi-master or master/slave clustering better? What about synchronous versus asynchronous replication? Using a plain vanilla, stock MySQL or a modified version of it? Which of these choices are right for data-driven businesses that depend on fast, reliable data access?

This no-BS webinar-on-demand cuts through the FUD to explore the real trade-offs between the different clustering and replication methods, then shows you how Continuent's asynchronous master/slave clusters support these important capabilities for business-critical applications:

  • High application write rates
  • Mixed workloads consisting of large and small transactions
  • Data across multiple geographically distributed locations
  • Failures and more importantly recovery from them
  • Zero downtime maintenance and software upgrades
  • Use of off-the-shelf MySQL/MariaDB to avoid application changes and allow clusters to improve as MySQL itself does.
We'll illustrate key points with demonstrations and case studies from deployed systems.

Recorded 1/29/15.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

MySQL in the Cloud, is Amazon RDS for you?

With more and more business moving into the cloud, the inclination is to use more cloud-based databases services, such as Amazon RDS. Deployment of Amazon RDS is capable with just a few buttons, but there are big differences between firing up a simple database for testing, and translating that into a full deployment to be used in production. For this to work properly, you have to consider many other aspects of the deployment, including high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR), and scalability of your solution within your application's requirements. 

Continuent Tungsten provides a full data management solution that is already handling hundreds of millions of transactions daily for our customers. This webinar explores how your business can benefit from Continuent Tungsten, a flexible clustering solution that helps data-driven businesses handle billions of transactions daily across a wide range of environments. We'll focus on the following problems in particular: 
  • Ensuring fully capable cloud DBMS operation
  • Avoiding lock-in by choosing solutions that run across clouds as well as on-premises
  • Spreading MySQL data over regions using flexible primary/DR and multi-master topologies
  • Controlling maintenance intervals and the DBMS stack directly
  • Integrating in real-time to data warehouses and on-premises DBMS like Oracle
  • Ensuring immediate access to top-notch, 24x7 support when things go south. 
Learn how you can use Continuent Tungsten to build scalable management solutions that offer the economic benefits of the cloud with the enterprise capabilities required by businesses that live and die by their data. Your data is too precious to take shortcuts.


Webinar-on-demand. Recorded 11/6/14