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The Basic Guide to Proxies for MySQL Databases

When an architect of a mission-critical MySQL system approaches Continuent asking about an abstraction layer, aka proxy, it is important first to define what functionality they are really trying to achieve. One way to help define this is to ask, what is actually missing in their current deployment, and what is needed over and beyond what is already there. As it often turns out, a proxy alone may not be able to solve their problem.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • What is a Proxy?
  • Why Use a MySQL Proxy?
  • Proxy Deployment Basics
    • How many MySQL Proxies do you need?
    • Where to Install MySQL Proxies?
      • Less than ten (10) app servers
      • More than ten (10) app servers
      • For Environments Other than Production
  • A Note About Keep-Alives
    • Keep-Alives. What are they and why do we use them?
  • MySQL Proxy Alternatives
  • Conclusion
  • About Continuent
  • Appendix A: MySQL Proxies Comparison Table

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