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The Trouble with MySQL Tribbles

Well, I’ve been back at UT for almost two months now and finding it to be a pretty enjoyable experience.  For those who don’t know me, my name is Travis Campbell.  I work in ITS Systems Unix managing the hosted MySQL database services for the University.  As I get deeper into UT’s MySQL infrastructure, I’ll be blogging here with general updates and related information suitable for the UT MySQL community at large.

Things I’m working on:

  • Streamlining the hosted MySQL database request process.
  • Consolidating the hosted and self-managed MySQL documentation on the ITS website.
  • Modifying the hosted MySQL database services so they meet the minimum ISO requirements for storing Category 1 data.
  • Looking to bring high-availability to the hosted MySQL database services (right now we have warm standbys).
  • Looking at ways to streamline the backup processes using Zmanda ZRM (community edition).
  • Slowly moving myself into the position as the University’s global MySQL resource (thanks to our recent purchase of a campus-wide platinum support contract from Sun/MySQL).
  • Elevate hosted MySQL services to the point of allowing connections from non-UTS/WebCentral systems (for those who need hosted databases but still want to use their own web services, for example).

Ultimately, I have quite a few lofty goals and a commitment to bringing MySQL into even more of an enterprise class of service for the University.  There’s lots of work and a long road ahead, but it’s going to be fun.

[Ok, no tribbles were harmed in the making of this blog posting.  Sorry to get your hopes up!]

Travis Campbell
Staff Systems Engineer at ghostar
Travis Campbell is a seasoned Linux Systems Engineer with nearly two decades of experience, ranging from dozens to tens of thousands of systems in the semiconductor industry, higher education, and high volume sites on the web. His current focus is on High Performance Computing, Big Data environments, and large scale web architectures.