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MySQL Server Benchmarking 101

Oct 12, 2010, 23:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Hull)

"Benchmarking can be a very revealing process. It can be used to isolate performance problems, and drill down to specific bottlenecks. More importantly, it can be used to compare different servers in your environment, so you have an expectation of performance from those servers, before you put them to work servicing your application.

"We deploy MySQL on a spectrum of different servers. Some may be servers we physically setup in a datacenter, while others are managed hosting servers, and still others are cloud hosted. Benchmarking can help give us a picture of what we're dealing with, be it an economy smart car, speedy BMW, or high performance NASCAR racer. Why Benchmark?

"Simply put, we want to know what our server can handle. We want to get an idea of the IO performance, CPU, and overall database throughput. Simple queries run on the server can give us a sense of queries per second, or transactions per second if we want to get more complicated."

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