High availability SQL server setup

Ruben de Groot mail25 at bzerk.org
Thu Jan 21 07:27:43 UTC 2010

Here's an article about multi-master replication on MySQL:


It's not rocket science ;)


On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 08:06:15PM -0500, Steve Bertrand typed:
> Hi all,
> For some time, I've been considering consolidating all/most of our SQL
> databases (all MySQL) onto a single dedicated cluster setup.
> I'm looking for feedback on the best way to do this.
> All of the options I've considered so far have both their drawbacks and
> benefits. From what I can tell, there's no one single way to be able to
> have everything that I want.
> Off the bat, I haven't found a way to create a cluster that can have
> more than one host in the cluster writable.
> My objective would be to start with two very high end boxes. One would
> sit in my primary location, the other a few blocks away over a gi fibre
> link.
> I would want the remote box to pick up immediately if the master server
> fails. I figure I could achieve this using network trickery for IP
> failover, CARP or the like and span a couple of vlans across the fibre.
> I would want each SQL server connected to separate edge routers to
> ensure both server and network resilience. Each box has two GigE NICs,
> so off the bat, I'd have each box doing VRRP to two separate edge gear
> at each location.
> My concern is, is that I can't envision how both boxes could possibly
> stay in a continuous state that would allow such fail-over, and
> fail-back. (fail-back is less of a concern...if it comes to it, I'd
> rebuild by hand if necessary).
> I've considered ZFS replication, but there could be several minutes
> worth of snapshot missing if the primary fails.
> I already have MySQL replication in many spots, but that's only one
> write master and read-only slaves.
> Can you provide any details or new ideas that I'm missing in order to
> have the holy grail of SQL redundancy?
> Cheers,
> Steve
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