If automation is required, Vagrant and Puppet seem to be the most adequate tools to implement it. What about automatic installation of High Availability database servers? As part of our Cloud Dependability efforts, the ICCLab works on automatic installation of High Availability systems. One such HA system is a MySQL Server – combined with DRBD, Corosync and Pacemaker.
In this system the server-logic of the MySQL Server runs locally on different virtual machine nodes, while all database files are stored on a clustered DRBD-device which is distributed on all the nodes. The DRBD resource is used by Corosync which acts as resource layer for Pacemaker. If one of the nodes fails, Pacemaker automagically restarts the MySQL server on another node and synchronizes the data on the DRBD device. This combined DRBD and Pacemaker approach is best practice in the IT industry.
At ICCLab we have developed an automatic installation script which creates 2 virtual machines and configures MySQL, DRBD, Corosync and Pacemaker on both machines. The automated installation script can be downloaded from Github.