Martin Brampton's Blog

April 18, 2016

MariaDB MaxScale Persistent Connections

The MaxScale persistent connection feature has been available since version 1.3.0. It aims to reduce the load on the database servers in specific scenarios. Testing indicates benefits and feedback from live use has been positive.

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April 22, 2015

Connecting to MariaDB through an SSH Tunnel

When you want to connect a client to a database server through an insecure network, there are two main choices: use SSL or use an SSH tunnel. Although SSL often may seem to be the best option, SSH tunnels are in fact easier to implement and can be very effective. Traffic through an SSH tunnel is encrypted with all of the security of the SSH protocol, which has a strong track record against attacks.

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October 06, 2014

Testing MaxScale with Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal and others

How can we find extra ways to test MaxScale? It‘s now working its way through a beta program, heading for general release. As part of the team responsible for its development, I’ve been looking for ways to find obscure bugs. Several approaches are involved, including unit tests and system tests. But another thing we wanted to try was to put a real life application, written by other people, in front of MaxScale.

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