Ten things to remember about MySQL backups

Use Hot Backups Hot backups are an excellent way to backup MySQL.  They can run without blocking your application, and save tons on restore time.  Percona’s xtrabackup tool is a great way to do this.  We wrote a how-to on using xtrabackup for hotbackups. Use Logical Backups Just because we love hot backups using xtrabackup …

Zero Downtime – What is it and why is it important?

For most large web applications, uptime is of foremost importants.  Any outage can be seen by customers as a frustration, or opportunity to move to a competitor.  What’s more for a site that also includes e-commerce, it can mean real lost sales. Zero Downtime describes a site without service interruption.  To achieve such lofty goals, …