What is MySQL?
MySQL is one of the most popular open-source relation databases which Oracle owns. With added features and supports, it is available with community edition and commercial edition. MySQL was initially released in 1995 and has created high-profile forks in the competing market.
A huge amount of transactions take place by any MySQL server on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, maintaining smooth continuity and uninterrupted IT services makes it crucial to monitor MySQL.
Where most MySQL monitoring tools alert in case of a performance issue, Motadata AIOps not only alerts but offers comprehensive insights into the root cause of the issue and helps resolve it faster.
Why does your business need MySQL Monitoring?
Monitoring the MySQL database is a crucial part of any web application. Without it, you won’t know when your database is going to crash. When your database crashes, it can have a devastating impact on your business. You’ll lose money and time trying to fix the problem and restore data from backups.
Motadata AIOps can help you find out when there are problems with your database so that you can fix them before they become big issues. And a good monitoring service is essential if you want to keep your database running smoothly.
Here are some examples of what you can do with the help of AIOps:
- You can see when a database was last accessed and by who
- You can see how many queries were performed in a given time frame
- You can check for slow queries
- You can check for high memory usage
Key MySQL Database Performance Metrics
Before measuring MySQL database performance, it’s important to understand what it actually means. After all, that’s what we do essentially when we monitor metrics: we measure specific activities and record the measurements.
Measuring MySQL Database Performance: There are two types of metrics: Workload metrics and resource metrics. Both metrics are composed of different performance subcategories, which can be explained below.
- Throughput: How much work a database performs in a given time interval (e.g., transactions, writes, reads, etc.)
- Latency: Measuring the time it takes for a database to perform a unit of work (e.g., query run times)
- Connections: The number of queries running concurrently and unable to complete within time (e.g., connected threads, running threads, etc.)
- Buffer: Buffer (cache) usage (e.g., buffer pool utilization)
Locating MySQL Performance Metrics: The performance monitoring metrics can be quired from three locations as follows.
- Server Status Variables: Internal ‘counters’ that contains information of operations.
- Performance Schema: A feature that monitors MySQL server events and query executions.
- Sys Schema: A schema that includes views, functions, and procedures to analyze data collected by performance schema.
Choosing Performance Metrics to Monitor: With hundreds of potential performance metrics to monitor, it is crucial to decide which statistics one should keep an eye on. Throughout, Latency, Concurrency, and Buffers could be key metrics one should keep in mind while monitoring MySQL database performance.
Collecting and Monitoring MySQL Performance Metrics: As simple as it sounds, once what to monitor and what to analyze, the practice of collecting the metrics and monitoring the same is not challenging task to pull off. It’s time to monitor and resolve the issues whenever alerts with historical data.
Monitoring MySQL with Motadata AIOps
AIOps powered by Motadata is a full-stack monitoring solution with MySQL capabilities. You can not only monitor the MySQL performances metrics, but also MySQL logs. With the ability of auto-discovery, AIOps can start monitoring your MySQL instances automatically directly through the user interface.
AIOps is designed with AI-ML abilities, making it one advanced and powerful monitoring solution. The customized dashboards and detailed, actionable reports keep you one step ahead and informed about all the activities taking place. It comes with a unified platform where you can monitor everything and anything, whether your MySQL database is on-prem or on the cloud. Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.