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Learn why Tungsten Clustering is a better (complete, proven) and more cost-effective (software, 24/7 support and consulting all included) MySQL High Availability (HA), Disaster Recovery (DR) and Geographically-Distributed (Geo-Scale) solution compared to Codership's Galera Cluster and its derivatives, MariaDB Cluster and Percona XtraDB Cluster.

For any MySQL clustering to be a complete high-availability and disaster recovery solution, it requires three core components working in sync: connectivity (proxy), management (orchestration) and replication (local/global).

Tungsten Clustering includes three highly integrated and fully tested components Tungsten Proxy, Tungsten Manager and Tungsten Replicator working together to provide both local (individual clusters) and global (multiple clusters working together) data service for continuous 24/7 MySQL operations.

Connectivity

Complete and Integrated
(Tungsten Proxy)

Orchestration

Integrated Business Rules
(Tungsten Manager)

Replication

Advanced Local and Global
(Tungsten Replicator)

Galera Cluster is a decent solution for local MySQL HA needs, especially when dealing with smaller sized transactions. As workloads increase, transactions become larger, or if geo distribution is needed, Galera Cluster becomes less attractive due to significant performance overhead. Also a 3rd-party proxy or load balancer would be needed for maximum performance and availability benefits.

Connectivity

Direct (benefits from 3rd party proxy or load balancer)

Orchestration

Limited

Replication

Sync replication for local needs, N/A for multi-site/global needs

  Tungsten Cluster Galera Cluster
Connectivity Complete and Integrated
(Tungsten Proxy)
Direct (benefits from 3rd party proxy or load balancer)
Orchestration Integrated Business Rules
(Tungsten Manager)
Limited
Replication Advanced Local and Global
(Tungsten Replicator)
Sync replication for local needs, N/A for multi-site/global needs

Galera Cluster Comparison

Use Cases Supported

 
Tungsten Cluster
Galera, MariaDB or XtraDB Cluster
Supported
Supported
Supported
Not Supported
Supported
Supported
Supported
Supported
MySQL Multi-Primary
Supported
Supported
Supported
Not Supported
Supported
Not Supported
Supported
Not Supported

Features & Benefits

 
Tungsten Cluster
Galera, MariaDB or XtraDB Cluster
Continuous Operations
4.67
2.50
Zero Downtime Maintenance
Both database, operating system and hardware changes & upgrades
Supported
High Availability
Automatic failover of primary
Multi-master in use
DR with Active/Passive Cluster
Automated site level switch with one failover command
Must mix replication technologies, involves DIY
DR with Active/Active Cluster
Only requires repointing the apps
Active/Active not supported
DR Failback
Single command, fast
Manual rebuild needed
Backup & Data Recovery
Flexible backups using existing external tools
Standard tools; however requires additional steps compared to other technologies

Support Services

 
Tungsten Cluster
Galera, MariaDB or XtraDB Cluster
24/7 Support
5.00
3.00
24/7 Support
24/7 support with high, near 100% customer satisfaction
24/7 directly from Codership, or through Percona or MariaDB, 4 hour reponse time
Fast Support Reponse Time
The fastest in the industry, averaging less than 3 minutes for Urgent support request.
4 hours, could be catostrophic for enterprise
Support Team Experience
Each member has 20+ years experience on DBA and Site Reliability
Core developers among support staff

Intangibles

 
Tungsten Cluster
Galera, MariaDB or XtraDB Cluster
MySQL Version Support
5.00
3.00
MySQL Community
Fully supported, all versions up to 8.0
8.0.21
MySQL Enterprise
Fully supported, all versions up to 8.0
Not supported
MariaDB
Fully supported, all versions up to 10.5
Most MariaDB versions with MariaDB Galera
Percona Server
Fully supported
Most Percona versions with Percona XtraDB

Tungsten Clustering

Tungsten Clustering comes at an equal or often lower total cost of ownership (TCO) versus alternative solutions and provides access to the best MySQL database engineers at a moments notice via 24/7 human-only enterprise support.

The Tungsten Clustering family of products is the only complete, fully-integrated, fully-tested MySQL HA, DR and geo-clustering solution running on-premises and in the cloud combined with industry-best and fastest, 24/7 support for business-critical MySQL, MariaDB, & Percona Server applications.

Continuous Operations
High Availability
Disaster Recovery
Global Scaling

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MySQL HA/DR/Geo-Scale - High Noon #2: Galera Cluster

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