Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sizing a MemSQL Cluster

One of the most valuable features a distributed system can have is predictability. When a system is predictable, you can reason about how it will respond to changes in workload. You can run small-scale experiments, and trust that the results will scale linearly. It’s much more pleasant and efficient to tailor the hardware to the task than the other way around. No one likes to waste money on more compute than you need because your RAM is full, or be unable to use the full power of your systems because of an I/O bottleneck. In this article we will walk through a few scenarios and rules of thumb for sizing a MemSQL database cluster.

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