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OblakSoft Cloud Storage Engine Newsletter, November 2012

MySQL and WordPress welcome Google Cloud Storage

OblakSoft is pleased to announce that the Cloud Storage Engine for MySQL (ClouSE) now supports Google Cloud Storage.  Using MySQL to store data directly in Google Cloud Storage becomes a simple deployment choice: pick your Google Cloud Storage bucket and migrate any or all of your tables to the cloud.  We would like to thank Google storage team for their support and contributions.

This functionality opens Google Cloud Storage to millions of MySQL-based applications – cloud storage becomes a better alternative to local storage, no matter where you host the application, on premise or in the cloud.  Applications can now store data on Google’s infrastructure, and enjoy high availability, high durability and high scalability of Google Cloud Storage.

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MySQL BLOB meets Amazon S3: advanced Weblob features

Advanced Weblob operations help to use Weblobs most effectively.

Weblob recap

In an earlier post I introduced Weblobs.  Weblob is a new data type that is supported by the Cloud Storage Engine for MySQL (ClouSE).  To a database developer, a WEBLOB behaves (almost) like a regular BLOB.  However, in addition to the regular BLOB functionality, Weblobs can be downloaded directly from Amazon S3 by HTTP URLs.

In MySQL, a Weblob is expressed via a pair of BLOB fields that have a special naming convention: field_name$wblob and field_name$wblob_info.  The latter field is what provides the Weblob functionality.  It can be used to retrieve the direct Amazon S3 URL for the BLOB content.

But why does the field_name$wblob_info field have the $wblob_info suffix and not $wblob_url suffix?  Can it do more than just retrieve direct URLs?  It actually can.

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MySQL on S3: security and backups

I got a few questions like the ones below that I’d like to address to avoid further confusion.
How exactly secure is ClouSE for MySQL, the first secure database in the cloud? Am I protected against standard application level security attacks or even accidental admin mistakes?
With the help of ClouSE I get instantaneous backup for my database on the highly durable cloud storage. But how would I protect my data in case a malicious attack or an accident did occur?

Re: security

I’ve got a comment pointing out that data encryption on the storage level doesn’t protect from SQL injections.  Of course, data encryption does not protect from SQL injections (as long as there is SQL involved, there will be a risk of a SQL injection).  Neither does it protect from the infinite number of attack vectors that can happen at any layer of the application stack: PHP, Apache, MySQL, Linux, application code, application users, etc.

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MySQL with ClouSE is the first Secure Database in the Cloud

Want to learn how you can store your sensitive data in the cloud storage? Take a look at the thorough and honest security analysis of the approach you can take to deploy your existing MySQL workloads to cloud.

keep reading in August issue of Hackin9 security magazine.

WordPress on S3: WP2Cloud plugin version 1.0.3 is released

OblakSoft is pleased to announce the release of the 1.0.3 version of the WP2Cloud WordPress plugin.  This release addresses media handling issues reported by our early adopters.  Thank you all for your feedback!

This release fixes the following nuisances:

  • Images don’t show correctly in the visual editor
  • Header images don’t show correctly
  • Background images don’t show correctly
  • Edited images don’t show correctly

The WordPress on S3 / Yapixx AMI is updated and tested with the latest releases of software.

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MySQL BLOB meets Amazon S3: Weblobs explained

Cloud-powered BLOB type provides ACID guarantees and fast direct access to blobs via Web URLs.

Storing unstructured data

Typically unstructured data (such as pictures, media files, documents)

a) Is either stored on the file system, unlike the related with it relational data which is stored in the database. This is well known, “convenient” practice that allows fast access to files but offers no transactional story and no unified data management (for db and filesystem)

b) Or is stored in BLOBs. This ensures transactional consistency and reduces management complexities, but is really bad for performance and scalability.

We took advantage of the cloud, and came up with an upgrade to the BLOB – a solution that combines the benefits of the two.
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WordPress on S3: no more backups

WordPress on S3: no more backups

How much trouble will it be if your webserver failed?  No trouble at all, if your website keeps its content on reliable Amazon S3 storage.

There are a lot of nuances in ensuring proper backups and restores of websites. When was the last backup taken? How much data might have been lost? How long will it take to recover it? When was the last time you tested restore? Do you even have an offsite backup?

Now that you can run dynamic websites off Amazon S3 storage, we’ll demonstrate why you no longer need to worry about backing up and restoring your website data. Losing the webserver is no longer a disaster. Cloud storage offers almost unsurpassable reliability a lot of website owners (small & large) would benefit from. In a way you get an “instantaneous backup” to the cloud. Your data is always safe with the cloud storage. The webserver can simply be replaced in minutes.

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