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Aug312009

Scaling MySQL on Amazon Web Services

I've recently started working with a large company who is looking to take one of their heavily utilized applications and move it to Amazon Web Services. I'm not looking to start a debate on the merits of EC2, the decision to move to aws is already made (and is a much better decision than paying a vendor millions to host it).

I've done my reasearch and I'm comfortable with creating this environment with one exception, scaling MySQL. I havent done much work with MySQL, i'm more of an Oracle guy up to now. I'm struggling to determine a way to scale MySQL on the fly in a way so that replication works, the server takes its proper place in line for master candidacy, and the apache servers become aware of it.

So this is really three questions:

1. What are some proven methods of load balancing the read traffic going from apache to MySQL.
2. How do I let the load balancing mechanism know when I scale up / down a new Mysql Server?
3. How to alert the master of the new server and initiate replication in an automated environment?

Personally, I dont like the idea of scaling the databases, but the traffic increases exponentially for three hours a day, and then plummets to almost nothing. So this would provide a significant cost savings.

The only way I've read to manage this sort of scaling I read here on slides 18-25:
http://assets.en.oreilly.com/1/event/21/Tricks%20and%20Tradeoffs%20of%20Deploying%20MySQL%20Clusters%20in%20the%20Cloud%20Presentation
Has anyone tried this method and either had success or have scripts available to do this? I try not to remake the wheel when I dont have to. Thanks in advance.

Reader Comments (1)

Hi Paul,

I use scalr.net to auto scale and load balance my mysql slaves. It costs a bit of coin but i cbf doing it all myself.

Cheers,

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterCoen

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