Clustering is the final component of MySQL that makes it truly enterprise-level and able to compete fully with proprietary databases such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. The increased number of high-demand, high-productivity corporations and institutions choosing MySQL, including MIT, the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and Nokia, to name a few, need the benefit of clustering databases for high performance and scalability.
MySQL AB has stepped up to the plate to offer advanced, high-availability, reliable clustering. As this demand has increased, so has the need for information. MySQL Clustering offers thorough, authoritative instruction on setting up and administering a MySQL Cluster from the developers of the cluster itself. You will learn about everything from installation and configuration to performance and troubleshooting in this authoritative reference guide to MySQL clustering.
About the Authors
Alex Davies is a student reading economics at Durham University in the United Kingdom. He has worked as a freelance systems administrator specializing in clustering since 2000, and he is a member of the exclusive MySQL Guilds for "exceptional MySQL Community members."
Alex is a regular participant on the MySQL Cluster mailing lists and forums and has helped hundreds of people with their clusters.
When not in front of a computer, Alex enjoys sports, including cross-country running and adventure training, particularly walking, climbing, and skiing.
Harrison Fisk is employed as a consultant and trainer by MySQL AB. He teaches many MySQL Cluster and general MySQL courses throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, he occasionally gives talks at conferences and meetings dealing with MySQL Cluster and MySQL in general. You can regularly find him interacting with the MySQL community through IRC, forums, and mailing lists.
Harrison lives with his fiancée and soulmate, Erin, and their two cats, Neko and Forrest. When not working, he enjoys video games, going to the movies, and playing role-playing games.