Friday, December 16, 2011

Top 7 reasons why DBAs love the SchoonerSQL Cluster Admin GUI

We posted a new white paper called “Top 7 reasons why DBAs love the SchoonerSQL Cluster Admin GUI”.
Highlights below-
  1. Online Database Provisioning with Simplified Replication Management
  2. Single Unified View of the Complete Database Environment
  3. Online Database Migration
  4. Granular Database Monitoring
  5. Online Backup with Restore
  6. Integrated Configuration Management with Email-Based Alerts
  7. Centralized Log Management
Download the detailed white paper in the link below

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Best-in-class SchoonerSQL 5.1 is GA Now. Try it and get blown away.

SchoonerSQL 5.1 is now enterprise-ready: a fully tested GA product that can be deployed for your production environment.
We have added some exciting features like Auto Async Failover across WAN, to make DBAs go ecstatic, and Intra-Schema Parallel Async Appliers to provide 4x throughput compared to MySQL 5.5 async replication.
We also added Alerts for MySQL Admin Cluster GUI and a new feature called High Speed Incremental Recovery.

You want to know more? Join this webinar on December 14th 10am PST

Monday, November 21, 2011

Achieving 99.999% Availability with SchoonerSQL

Five 9s or 99.999% availability is a popular term describing the highest service up-time in a year meaning the highest practical level of availability for most organizations. Its very hard to achieve five 9s in a database environment and needs plenty of hand-holding techniques. But Schooner’s approach and its replication flexibility have made this requirement easily achievable.

We have published a white paper called "Achieving five 9s with SchoonerSQL".  This white paper describes the architecture of SchoonerSQL™, a full HA build of MySQL and its standard InnoDB storage engine. This paper then explains how to use the flexible synchronous and asynchronous replication modes in SchoonerSQL to get five nines availability. The paper then describes  the recommended HA hardware setup for using SchoonerSQL.

You can download the detailed white paper from the link below

Friday, November 18, 2011

SchoonerSQL: True MySQL and InnoDB means Zero Vendor Lock-In

SchoonerSQL™ is and will remain 100% MySQL and InnoDB compliant, assuring that customer investments in MySQL are fully preserved. SchoonerSQL is not a rewrite of MySQL and InnoDB; SchoonerSQL is built using the MySQL and InnoDB commercial source code. Schooner rigorously sticks to this standard and does not introduce any incompatibilities that could lock in a customer to Schooner's products. Schooner has developed an extensive automated QA test suites and a large verification server farm to ensure standard compliance.  

SchoonerSQL enhances and optimizes MySQL, going beyond to provide many unique benefits such as:

1.    99.999% availability with auto fail-over across LAN/MAN/WAN
2.    Guarantees no data loss and no stale data with “synchronous read masters”
3.    High scalability and performance inside or across data centers
4.    Simplified GUI -> Monitor and Manage the entire server environment

These benefits are not available from any other MySQL distribution, with or without the various add-ons.
Our rigorous adherence to MySQL and InnoDB means that database users can anytime switch from community MySQL to SchoonerSQL or back. There's never any need to change schemas or data. Porting data from community MySQL and InnoDB to SchoonerSQL, which is an easy step, has several benefits and advantages:

1.    No migration problems
2.    Zero data type changes
3.    No running of special scripts or mysql_upgrade command to check         in-compatibilities
4.    Very little downtime
5.    No need to hire special database expertise

Consider an example: If a company X is presently using community MySQL, these are the simple steps it needs to follow after deciding to use SchoonerSQL:

1.    Backup data and transaction logs
2.    Backup MySQL configuration file(s)
3.    Uninstall community MySQL
4.    Install SchoonerSQL.
5.    Restore saved data and transaction logs.
6.    Put the proper settings into the instance configuration (using our GUI or by editing the new /etc/my.cnf file)
7.    Start the instance.

Same process applies to users who want to move back from SchoonerSQL to Community MySQL. No Vendor- Lock in.
To sum up, Schooner does not lock you in since we are fully standard based and 100% compatible with MySQL and InnoDB. Users can reap the benefits of SchoonerSQL features and never worry about vendor-lock in.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

DBA Life Made Easy: The SchoonerSQL™ Cluster Admin GUI

There may be some DBAs and database developers who love spending hour after hour writing scripts for failover, monitoring and alerts for their MySQL replication environment, not to mention maintaining these scripts. And even with the best scripts, failover and recovery usually require tedious error-prone manual intervention. This complexity makes life harder for DBAs, who have to spend too much of their time fighting fires instead of spinning up new applications.

If you're a DBA or a Developer, Schooner feels your pain. SchoonerSQL, our full high-availability build of MySQL and its standard InnoDB storage engine, includes a Cluster Admin GUI that radically simplifies cluster administration. The SchoonerSQL Cluster Admin GUI is a powerful centralized management tool that can monitor, manage, and backup your entire database servers inside the datacenter. Replication setup has never been so easy with just few clicks in our GUI.

Join this webinar (Tuesday, November 29, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST)
for a demo of the visually appealing SchoonerSQL GUI, and see how it makes life easy for DBAs. In this webinar we cover:

·        Schooner Admin GUI and benefits
·        GUI deployment architecture
·        Monitoring and optimization
·        1-click instance creation and database migration
·        Assigning write and read VIPs
·        Auto failover and failback
·        Integrated hot backup and scheduling
·        Full database Restore
·        Email-based Alerts

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sneak Peek at SchoonerSQL 5.1 with Auto Failover Across WAN

Cross-region or cross-country datacenters are popular and often essential for databases that need enterprise-grade reliability and availability.
SchoonerSQL™ 5.1 provides an ideal solution for such scenarios with
  • Automatic WAN failover
  • Asynchronous parallel appliers across the data center for increased throughput 

    Join this webinar tomorrow (November 8th - 10 am PST) to learn how SchoonerSQL 5.1:
    • Maximizes service availability at high scale through its parallel threads approach
    • Provides superior disaster recovery with automatic WAN failover 
    • Ensures no lost data 
    • Radically simplifies the management of MySQL clusters


    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Top 10 reasons why MySQL Experts Switch to SchoonerSQL

    We just posted a new white paper called “Top 10 reasons why MySQL Experts Switch to SchoonerSQL”.
    It talks about the critical features that many MySQL users were looking for all these years in terms of
    ·      High Availability
    ·      Ease of use
    ·      Performance benefits

    Highlights below-

    1.     Synchronous replication for InnoDB – Provides data consistency without any data loss or any lag
    2.     Auto Failover inside a synchronous cluster- Instantaneous and hassle free
    3.     Cluster Admin GUI- Easy and robust interface with extensive display of resource utilization
    4.     Asynchronous parallel appliers for WAN- Amazing throughput with very less slave lag across WAN
    5.     Auto WAN Failover replication- Seamless and there by minimizing the downtime
    6.     Fast sync incremental recovery- Failed node recovers super fast
    7.     One click instance creation and VIP provisioning
    8.     One click online database migration
    9.     Integrated hot backup- Incremental and scheduled 
    10. Alerts in the GUI

    You can download the detailed white paper in the link below

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Have you ever heard about “Read Masters” in MySQL??? Enterprise ready SchoonerSQL provides it.

    Typical MySQL environment involves one Master receiving writes and multiple slaves to scale the reads.
    The “slave” term has been used in MySQL because the Slave servers have to perform every task in copying from the Master binlog, then updating their relay logs and finally committing to the Slave databases. The Master plays no role in replication here other than storing the replication events in the binlog.

    With this kind of Master- Slave set up, there are several limitations-

    -       Slave lag
    -       Stale or old data
    -       Data loss
    -       Manual failover which is error-prone and time consuming

    In SchoonerSQL, there is no concept of “Slaves” inside synchronous cluster. We refer to it as "Read Masters" because of our synchronous approach and different replication architecture. It is through push mechanism of replication events coupled with faster processing of multiple parallel threads.
    This ensures that that Master and all Read Master’s data in a synchronous cluster are always consistent. So you can insert the data in a Master and at the same time query it on our Read Masters for any latest updates. 

    SchoonerSQL Synchronous Replication Architecture

    Schooner's approach provides several benefits:

    ·      Zero Data Loss
    ·      Guaranteed Data Consistency across all nodes
    ·      No Stale Data
    ·      Zero Lag
    ·      Faster Response Time than traditional MySQL
    ·  Auto failover to any of the nodes in the cluster as the data is consistent & transparent to the user thereby achieving full service continuity.

    This type of replication is very useful for Websites or Enterprises looking for a truly synchronous solution of MySQL-InnoDB with no lag.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Synchronous Replication for MySQL + InnoDB? Schooner Has It!!

    MySQL with InnoDB has been proven to be the world’s best transactional database for web and enterprise. SchoonerSQL with parallel appliers has a unique approach to provide highly synchronous replication for your MySQL-InnoDB environment.
    Schooner SQL is 100% compatible with MySQL and InnoDB.

    Join the webinar on Tuesday, October 18 2011, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
    to learn more

    This webinar discusses various replication solutions and explains why SchoonerSQL offers the best and the only synchronous replication solution with five 9s for MySQL-InnoDB

    In this webinar, you will learn:
    * Design and pros/cons of asynchronous, semi-synchronous, and synchronous replication
    * Schooner’s synchronous replication to Read Masters
    * How Schooner delivers zero data loss and no slave lag
    * Schooner performance and throughput
    * Competitive analysis