Re: Best virtualization tech for mysql server on linux
Posted by: Jonathon Coombes
Date: August 13, 2009 08:10PM

There are a number of different virtualisation technologies that work under Linux that would allow MySQL to function. These include technologies such as:

* Xen
* VMWare
* VirtualBox

just to name some of the main ones.

Comparing them is a bit hard unless you define the criteria that is important for you. For example, Xen has been around for a while where as KVM is relatively new to the market. Some offer graphical interfaces, some are command line dominant. Some of them are open source, some of them are not.

The important points I would think in any virtualisation technology, particularly for the databases are:

* Does it offer true hardware virtualisation?

* Are there different ways to manage the storage? For example, raw vs virtual disk etc.

* Does it fit your budget and policy guidelines?

* Is it a platform that will be supported commercially, if required.

The support option is not just for the software itself, but more so for MySQL in particular. You will find that some of the technologies will be supported as a valid platform e.g. VMware, but certain others may not e.g. VirtualBox

This reply may not have given you a direct answer, but hopefully will help you look at some of the important areas to help you make your own informed decision.

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