It seems that in all the writing around what MaxScale is, why I think we need it and what we plan to do with it, we have created some confusion as regards what it can do as of today, mid-February 2014. So I thought I would try to clear it up a little my writing this short post.
This third post in this series of blogs about MaxScale is finally getting where you want to go: Install and configure MaxScale. The first blog in this series was an overview of what MaxScale is and the second about how to set up a Cluster of MariaDB servers, using MariaDB Replication, for MaxScale to access. But now it's time to introduce MaxScale.
The first blog post in this series did a quick introduction to MaxScale, but now it is time start getting our hands dirty. We will get a more practical view on MaxScale and begin to put it to work. The following is based on a simple Proof of Concept that I did recently. The application is a mid-size web-based online shop where scalability is becoming an issue.
SkySQL released MaxScale as Open Source on github a few weeks ago.
As you've heard, MaxScale was recently released, and we'd love for you to try it out and let us know your thoughts. Anders Karlsson and Ivan Zoratti have written some excellent posts on downloading and setting it up, so if you're intersted in that, please see their respective posts for quick, detailed instructions.
I have spent some time thinking about and working on a project that went public on GitHub at the beginning of this year. That project is called MaxScale and is primarily a proxy server for MySQL/MariaDB databases, although it can be something much more than this. The obvious and often asked question is why do we need another proxy? I want to try to give you a flavor for what MaxScale is and why I think there is a need for a tool like MaxScale. The architecture of MaxScale makes it different from your average proxy
MaxScale is the new proxy server from the SkySQL/MariaDB team. It provides Connection Load Balancing (CLB) and Statement Load Balancing (SLB) out of the box. This post is a [relatively] quick “how to” install, configure and test SLB with the read/write splitting module.