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PostgreSQL High Availability Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Shaun Thomas
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PostgreSQL High Availability Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Shaun Thomas

Overview of this book

Databases are nothing without the data they store. In the event of a failure - catastrophic or otherwise - immediate recovery is essential. By carefully combining multiple servers, it’s even possible to hide the fact a failure occurred at all. From hardware selection to software stacks and horizontal scalability, this book will help you build a versatile PostgreSQL cluster that will survive crashes, resist data corruption, and grow smoothly with customer demand. It all begins with hardware selection for the skeleton of an efficient PostgreSQL database cluster. Then it’s on to preventing downtime as well as troubleshooting some real life problems that administrators commonly face. Next, we add database monitoring to the stack, using collectd, Nagios, and Graphite. And no stack is complete without replication using multiple internal and external tools, including the newly released pglogical extension. Pacemaker or Raft consensus tools are the final piece to grant the cluster the ability to heal itself. We even round off by tackling the complex problem of data scalability. This book exploits many new features introduced in PostgreSQL 9.6 to make the database more efficient and adaptive, and most importantly, keep it running.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback


Every piece of software has bugs. All hardware eventually fails or becomes obsolete. No environment is perfect. As a consequence, even a perfectly healthy database will require downtime periodically. How do we reconcile this need with client expectations, which imply that data is always available, no matter the circumstances?

As users ourselves, we know the frustration associated with attempting to use an application or website that isn't responding. Maybe the only impediment is a message indicating maintenance. No matter the cause, we have to remember to come back later and hope everything is working normally by then. Even with our knowledge about the complexity of software and databases, it is sometimes difficult to ignore an error message that prevents us from managing a bank account or making an online purchase.

Every day, users will be less understanding. Business owners and investors who may be losing millions in potential sales and liabilities while a system is unavailable...