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Xeround Cloud Database Now Commercially Available on Rackspace Cloud: Auto-Scaling & High-Availability for Your MySQL Database

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This is a guest post written by Itamar Haber, AVP Ops & Solutions at Xeround, a Rackspace Cloud Tools Partner. Xeround is an elastic, always-on database-as-a-service for MySQL-based applications.

As someone who had experienced both working with databases as well as trying to get them to work, I know how labor intensive it can get (and how frustrating at times) just to get your database to run smoothly.

In the cloud environment – this gets even more complicated, particularly when your database needs to demonstrate scalability or availability, or both.

While Scaling an application (by adding additional servers and load balancers) is pretty much a no-brainer; on the database tier things are very different. Scaling a database in general is no trivial task, and in the cloud it is WAY more difficult because of the need to quickly adjust to changing requirements in load. Scaling a database is tedious, painful and potentially risky in the sense that it can cause a temporary denial of service. Furthermore, you often need to commit to a larger machine for seasonal peaks, while the rest of the time those resources go underutilized.

Maintaining high-availability in the cloud also doesn’t make life any easier for the DBA. You need to closely monitor the dynamic cloud environment for any failures, and be able to react immediately and in a way that will be transparent to the application and that will not interrupt the service.

With more and more applications being migrated to the cloud, we’re seeing many developers opting for a database-as-a-service solution – one that’s optimized specifically for the cloud, and that takes care of all DB management tasks, freeing them to focus on the application.

Xeround Cloud Database is a drop-in database-as-a-service for MySQL-based application. Xeround handles the availability and elasticity of your DB automatically – so you can kick back and relax…

Xeround service includes:

•    Auto Scaling – your database scales up or out across multiple nodes when more capacity or throughput are required and shrinks back down when it is underutilized.
•    No Downtime SLA Guarantee – Xeround’s built-in replicas and auto-healing architecture ensures your database is always available.
•    Scheduled Backups
•    Unlimited Throughput
•    Phone, email & web support
•    Zero Maintenance
•    No code changes to your app!

After a few months in beta, Xeround is now commercially available on Rackspace Cloud. If you share my sentiments on how fickle-ish cloud-based database management systems can be and want this to be someone else’s problem, I urge you to try us out and sign up for a free trial of our service.

The first 30 days of using Xeround are free. Once the trial period ends your database instance would be charged by actual usage- depending on its data size and data transfer. There are no subscription commitment or minimum charges.

Sign up today to create your free cloud database on Rackspace.

I would also like to invite you to register for the webinar I’m hosting together with Rackspace on Tuesday, October 4th at 2pm CST. It will consist of a live demo of our database service as well as a hair-raising, edge-of-the-seat experience when I’ll forcibly terminate parts of the service and show how availability is kept. Hoping to see you then and there.

Webinar Details

Date: Tuesday, October 4th
Time: 2pm CST

Click here to register.

 

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About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Angela Bartels.

Angela runs integrated marketing campaigns for Rackspace. She started at Rackspace in 2003 and has done everything from Linux support, account management, sales, product marketing and now lives in marketing. She left Rackspace in 2005 to work for PEER 1 Hosting but returned in 2009 because she was interested in the cloud computing movement (and has always been a Racker at heart). Angela is a strong believer in the power of storytelling.


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  • Mike Busch

    Can you give us some idea of the cost algorithm for Xeround Cloud Database as a function of size and activity? Also some idea of what the API looks like when accessed, say, from PHP scripts?

  • http://xeround.com Avigail

    Hello,

    You can use Xeround’s cost calculator at http://xeround.com/pay-per-use-cloud-db-calculator/ to estimate your costs based on your DB size and data transfer.

    In addition, during the 30-day free trial period (as well as when you become a paying customer) you will be able to see an up-to-date report of your current Data Size and Data Transfer usage along with the associated costs.

    That way, once you’ve started your trial, imported your data, and connected your application to your new cloud database – you can get an accurate status report of what your costs would be if you were a paying customer of Xeround.

    To view your usage and costs report, after you sign up for Xeround (http://xeround.com/mysql-cloud-db-free-registration/) log in to your Database Manager Online Console at http://cloud.xeround.com and choose “Cost Preview” from the “My Account” menu item.

    Regarding the API — you can see the documentation, including code samples in php at: http://xeround.com/developers/api/
    the API allows for the creation/dropping of database instances, as well as getting the instance’s info, changing password etc.

    If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Xeround at support@xeround.com

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