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Easily Deploy Highly Available MySQL Clusters in the AWS Cloud - Tungsten Cluster AMI

Following the announcement late last year that we’d made our flagship product Tungsten Cluster available on the Amazon Marketplace in an easy-to-access and deploy AMI format, we published some useful resources in the past few months to help users getting started with Tungsten Clustering in the AWS cloud.

The resources we published in support of the Tungsten Cluster AMI include the following: 

See below for more details on each of these resources, but first off, a quick reminder on what the Tungsten Cluster (AMI) is all about:

Highly Available MySQL Clusters in the AWS Cloud With the Tungsten Cluster AMI

The Continuent Tungsten Cluster AMI is a complete, fully-integrated, fully-tested MySQL HA, DR and geo-clustering solution on the AWS Marketplace for business-critical MySQL, MariaDB, & Percona Server applications. This AMI can be launched locally across multiple AWS zones, and globally across multiple AWs regions.

It includes all of the features and benefits provided by our flagship product, Tungsten Cluster; and makes it easy to create MySQL database clusters in the AWS cloud, across multiple zones and regions, while keeping the data available even when systems fail. It provides full clustering support, including:

  • Intelligent Proxy with advanced load balancing
  • Fast, automatic local failover for HA
  • Rapid, automated global failover for DR
  • Zero downtime maintenance
  • Active/Active, multi-site deployments

Tungsten Cluster AMI Resources

Using the Cloud Formation Template

For as little as $0.70 per hour (per node), the Tungsten Cluster AMI enables users to run highly available MySQL database clusters in the AWS cloud for easy-to-use and cost-efficient MySQL HA, DR and geo-clustering solutions.

There are two approaches that can be used to launch the Tungsten Cluster AMI:

  • Manual approach (a walk-through of which can be found in this blog)
  • AWS CloudFormation Template approach, which this blog talks about

For those of you who are not yet familiar with CloudFormation Templates, the blog also provides a brief overview of it and some background information.

Find Out More About the Cloud Formation Template

Deep Dive: How to Easily Deploy MySQL Clusters With The Tungsten Cluster AMI

This blog provides a deep dive into how to use the Tungsten Cluster AMI to easily deploy MySQL database clusters. It assumes some knowledge of MySQL database clustering along with the main concepts of Tungsten Clustering for MySQL.

First off though, it takes a high-level look at the Continuent topologies for MySQL as a recap and to set the scene.

Get All the Information in the Deep Dive Blog

Practical Demos: Launching Single, Active/Passive or Active/Active MySQL Clusters

This handy blog post shares the links to three short demo videos, each an easy-to-follow walk-through of how to launch 3-node single cluster, active/passive or active/active Tungsten MySQL clusters using AWS CloudFormation. Chris Parker, Customer Success Director for EMEA & APAC recorded these live demos with the aim to demonstrate the seamless process behind achieving MySQL high availability and disaster recovery.

As a reminder, geo-distributed, multi-site Tungsten Clustering is simply a “cluster of clusters”, using the basic standalone cluster topology and extending the management mesh to additional sites or regions. You may span across cloud providers (multi-cloud), and can even integrate on-premises hardware with cloud-based instances (hybrid-cloud).

Here focus on the standard three-node cluster (there should always be an odd number of nodes in a cluster) with practical demo videos on launching a standalone (or single) cluster, as well as active/passive and active/active clusters.

View the Demo Videos

Watch: How to Get Started With the Tungsten Cluster AMI

Following the most recent releases of the Tungsten Cluster AMI, our colleague Chris Parker, Customer Success Director - EMEA & APAC, recorded two getting started videos with some handy tips and tricks on how the AMIs work, how to avail of them … and how to get started with them!

About the Author

Continuent Team

Continuent, the MySQL Availability Company, since 2004 has provided solutions for continuous operations enabling business-critical MySQL applications to run on a global scale with zero downtime. Continuent provides geo-distributed MySQL high availability on-premises, in hybrid-cloud, and in multi-cloud environments.

Continuent customers are leading SaaS, e-commerce, financial services, gaming and telco companies who rely on MySQL and Continuent to cost-effectively safeguard billions of dollars in annual revenue.

Continuent’s database experts offer the industry's best 24/7 MySQL support services to ensure continuous client operations.

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