Re: Announcing cf-mysql-release v26, now with a slimmer VM footprint!

Benjamin Gandon

Thanks for the answer Marco! (I realize I'm much influenced by the Percona vision, because they are active here in Paris dev communities.)

I finally upgraded to v26 and well.. Congratulations for the deep review of manifests, but.. What a tremendous change!

My feedback: starting from a mere mistake forgetting the "http://" prefix in the "api_url" prop, I arrived to a half-finished bosh deploy :(
By the time I realized the issue was not about the broker database migration (which was failing and prevented the az1 broker from booting) I already had wiped the cluster out.
Fortunately it was not in production! But the manifest change is so big that such mistakes are easy to do.
Anyway I wish we had some basic syntax checks on Bosh props that would have warned me like: “Hey you need an 'http://' prefix here!”

Btw, white labeling is not finished: there are still a bunch of Pivotal references out there. Didn't you know that the "p" in "p-mysql" stands for "Pivotal"? ;)
I might push some PR within the next days or so about that.


Le 2 mars 2016 à 21:16, Marco Nicosia <mnicosia(a)> a écrit :

Hi Benjamin,

Sorry for the delayed response!

There are technically no trade-offs when using an Arbitrator, with the sole exception that you're sacrificing an extra level of data redundancy by keeping only two copies of the data, not three.

For that reason, a three node cluster is still a "standard" deployment option, you just use the no-arbitrator example during manifest generation.

Galera doesn't do GTID re-sync in the normal way that MySQL does. GTID has a slightly different context. There's a blog that describes some of the differences if you want to dive in. In the case of whole-cluster failure, we describe how to bootstrap the cluster in the documentation.

Finally, 10.1 is very definitely something we're excited to begin to support. It's something we want to do in a way that will allow users to migrate as they feel comfortable. So, we have some challenges to figure out how to make it an easy option while still allowing conservative users 10.0 as an option.

Marco Nicosia
Product Manager
Pivotal Software, Inc.

On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 2:34 AM, Benjamin Gandon <benjamin(a)> wrote:

Congratulations for this v26 release!

Do you have any documentation for the benefits and trade offs introduced by this new arbitrator, compared to the standard 3-nodes setup? What happens to the "quorum" principle in such arbitrator setup?

Are there any consequences or benefits in terms of managing possible sync failures and manual GTID re-sync?

And a last question : do you plan upgrading to MariaDB 10.1.x in future releases?


Le 25 févr. 2016 à 17:53, Mike Youngstrom <youngm(a)> a écrit :

In our case we'll use the arbitrator because we only have 2 AZs in some datacenters. The Arbitrator allows us to place the 3rd member of the cluster in another datacenter minimal performance impact. Nice feature!


On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 9:49 AM, Duncan Winn <dwinn(a)> wrote:
+1.. The arbitrator is a fantastic feature. Great job MySQL team.

On Thu, 25 Feb 2016 at 00:39, James Bayer <jbayer(a)> wrote:
congrats mysql team! the arbitrator is a nice touch to save resources yet still result in high availability even when losing an entire AZ.

On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 10:43 AM, Marco Nicosia <mnicosia(a)> wrote:
Hello Cloud Foundry folks,

For those of you who are tired of deploying web apps without easy integration with data services, cf-mysql is a great place to start. With this release, I'm happy to tell you that it takes even less commitment than ever to give cf-mysql a spin!

The theme for this release is the First Rule in Government Spending. Wanna take a ride?

A single MySQL node is a Single Point of Failure. With the introduction of the Arbitrator, we allow you to buy two at twice the price. Previously, we made you buy three for the same sense of security. Upgrading to cf-mysql v26 will save you money, with no sacrifice in performance!

If you like what we're doing with cf-mysql, click the thumbs up: 👍
If we're messing up your game, click the thumbs down: 👎
And if this just isn't your thing, at least give me a fist bump! 👊


- We've updated to MariaDB 10.0.23, enabled some important behind-the-scenes features, and fixed several important bugs.
- For those of you who require audit access to all data, we've given you the option to enable a Read Only admin user.
- We've introduced a new HA deployment option, 2+1: two MySQL nodes and an Arbitrator.
- And we've made significant updates to the generate-deployment-manifest script and stubs.

You'll have to update your stubs to use the new release, but we hope with the new Examples and Arbitrator feature, it'll be worth your time to upgrade. Make sure to read the release notes for important information about the upgrade process.

As always, for full disclosure, and links beyond that, please check out the Release Notes.

Introducing the Arbitrator

With cf-mysql v26, we've replaced one of the MySQL nodes with a lightweight Arbitrator node. Previously, the minimal HA configuration required three full-size MySQL nodes.

For cf-mysql administrators who are careful with their infrastructure resources, the Arbitrator feature is a new deployment topology that uses a smaller VM footprint while maintaining high availability guarantees. Unlike the old three node topology, the Arbitrator decreases spend with no impact on performance.

Thanks, and make sure to give me your feedback to influence what we do for future releases!

Marco Nicosia
Product Manager
Pivotal Software, Inc.

Thank you,

James Bayer
Duncan Winn
Cloud Foundry PCF Services

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