Percona Server 5.6 Introduces Scalability and Backup Management Enhancements

Percona Server 5.6, based on MySQL 5.6 Community Edition, is now generally available. Percona says the latest version of Percona Server offers all the improvements found in MySQL Community Edition as well as additional features for enhanced scalability, availability, backup, and security features found in the enterprise edition. The free download of Percona Server 5.6 also includes new diagnostics and improved integration with other Percona software.

Among the product’s highlights are performance advantages that enable databases to continue to run without difficulty despite unanticipated traffic spikes that may increase server load. In addition, the Thread Pool feature in Percona Server 5.6—a capability also available in MySQL 5.6 Enterprise Edition—supports performance in intensive Read/Write environments.

When Percona Server 5.6 is used with Percona XtraBackup, backup features are enabled. These include Fast Incremental Backups, a bitmap-based backup that quickly creates incremental backups. In addition, Archive Logs Backup allows users to keep a history of database changes as long as they need to, and then apply these changes to a second copy of data.

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