Increasingly, growing businesses face massive scale challenges that often impact the data tier the most. Instead of being focused on delivering new features and capabilities to customers, businesses often experience pain in scaling their infrastructure. Database systems become increasingly difficult to scale and troubleshoot, and require high-level expertise to continuously keep running.
In the last few years we have seen new distributions emerge, like MariaDB and Percona Server, as viable alternatives to MySQL. These new distributions create more choice for users with increased focus on performance and offer new configurations that empower users to push the limits of their database and optimize in new ways.
As promised last year, we are committed to simplifying database management with Rackspace Cloud Databases. Starting today you can customize configuration settings for Cloud Databases instances using the API or Trove command line tool. This capability allows you to optimize configuration settings based on the needs of your workload.
Cloud Databases helps you provision and manage high performance MySQL instances on Rackspace’s open cloud. Our service helps with the installation, configuration, deployment and on-going management of MySQL, and more importantly it helps you deliver fast apps through an architecture that is purpose-built with performance in mind using container-based virtualization.
MySQL versions can make for interesting, yet at times confusing reading. In this article I will explore MySQL versions and shed light on them for anyone who uses or has worked with MySQL or LAMP environments.
Last month, we upgraded Rackspace Cloud Sites to new versions on PHP and .NET. Today, we are excited to announce that Rackspace Cloud Sites now supports MySQL 5.1. Latest versions of all the software supported by Cloud Sites are available here.