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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 MySQL InnoDB 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)

InnoDB Cluster is the newest, thus least mature, cluster addition to MySQL. It became available in 2017 and improved with MySQL 8.0 in 2018. It is a loosely-coupled solution, with separate proxy and management tools. A proxy, “mysqlrouter,” can be integrated for basic connection routing and failover. Adding a DR site would require setting up MySQL asynchronous replication, which is managed by the offered cluster management tool “mysqlshell.” As the name implies, it only supports tables using the InnoDB engine.

Connectivity

mysqlrouter, separately available

Orchestration

Moderate

Replication

Group replication for local needs, N/A for global needs

  Tungsten Cluster MySQL InnoDB Cluster
Connectivity Complete and Integrated
(Tungsten Proxy)
mysqlrouter, separately available
Orchestration Integrated Business Rules
(Tungsten Manager)
Moderate
Replication Advanced Local and Global
(Tungsten Replicator)
Group replication for local needs, N/A for global needs

Oracle's MySQL InnoDB Cluster Comparison

Use Cases Supported

 
Tungsten Cluster
MySQL InnoDB 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
MySQL InnoDB Cluster
Continuous Operations
4.67
2.67
Zero Downtime Maintenance
Both database, operating system and hardware changes & upgrades
Both database, operating system, and hardware changes & upgrades
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
Flexible backups using existing tools

Support Services

 
Tungsten Cluster
MySQL InnoDB Cluster
24/7 Support
5.00
3.67
24/7 Support
24/7 support with high, near 100% customer satisfaction
24/7 support available, quite expensive at 10k/year per 5+ socket server
Fast Support Reponse Time
The fastest in the industry, averaging less than 3 minutes for Urgent support request.
Goal of 5 minute response for Enterprise support
Support Team Experience
Each member has 20+ years experience on DBA and Site Reliability
Unknown, but must work first with first-line support before being elevate to next tier

Intangibles

 
Tungsten Cluster
MySQL InnoDB Cluster
MySQL Version Support
5.00
3.00
MySQL Community
Fully supported, all versions up to 8.0
5.7+ (8.0 recommended)
MySQL Enterprise
Fully supported, all versions up to 8.0
5.7+ (8.0 recommended)
MariaDB
Fully supported, all versions up to 10.5
Not documented
Percona Server
Fully supported
5.7+ (8.0 recommended)

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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