The ArangoDB Operator for Kubernetes – Stateful Cluster Deployments in 5min

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At ArangoDB we’ve got many requests for running our database on Kubernetes. This makes complete sense since Kubernetes is a highly popular system for deploying, scaling and managing containerized applications.

Running any stateful application on Kubernetes is a bit more involved than running a stateless application, because of the storage requirements and potentially other requirements such as static network addresses. Running a database on Kubernetes combines all the challenges of running a stateful application, combined with a quest for optimal performance.

This article explains what is needed to run ArangoDB on Kubernetes and what we’re doing to make it a lot easier. Read more

ArangoDB Cluster Administration Course Released

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Cluster Administration course will take you all the way from concept and anatomy of the ArangoDB cluster to maintenance, resilience and troubleshooting of your distributed environment.

When data size or workload makes purchasing of a single database server prohibitive one needs to rethink the system architecture and consider to cluster a farm of more affordable machines. While ArangoDB clusters bring additional added value like seamless runtime scaling and thin provisioning, their management can look testy and challenging. Read more

Configuring ArangoDB-PHP to use active failover

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This article is about setting up active failover for ArangoDB-PHP, the PHP client driver for ArangoDB. It requires ArangoDB-PHP 3.3.2 or higher, and an ArangoDB server version of 3.3.4 or higher.

Active failover: basic setup

Historically, ArangoDB-PHP has been able to connect to a single ArangoDB endpoint, i.e. one combination of IP address and port number.

To connect to an ArangoDB server that is running on localhost or on a remote server, simply set the OPTION_ENDPOINT item in the ConnectionOptions and connect: Read more

Milestone 2 ArangoDB 3.3 – New Data Replication Engine and Hot Standby

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We’re pleased to announce the availability of the Milestone 2 of ArangoDB 3.3. There are a number of improvements, please consult the changelog for a complete overview of changes.

This milestone release contains our new and improved data replication engine. The replication engine is at the core of every distributed ArangoDB setup: whether it is a typical master/slave setup between multiple single servers or a full-fledged cluster. During the last month we:

  • redesigned the replication protocol to be more reliable
  • refactored and modernized the internal infrastructure to better support continuous asynchronous replication
  • added a new global asynchronous replication API, to allow you to automatically and continuously mirror an entire ArangoDB single-instance (master) onto another one (or more)
  • added support for automatic failover from a master server to one of his replica-slaves, if the master server becomes unreachable

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Milestone 1 ArangoDB 3.3: Datacenter to Datacenter Replication

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Every company needs a disaster recovery plan for all important systems. This is true from small units like single processes running in some container to the largest distributed architectures. For databases in particular this usually involves a mixture of fault-tolerance, redundancy, regular backups and emergency plans. The larger a data store, the more difficult is it to come up with a good strategy.

Therefore, it is desirable to be able to run a distributed database in one datacenter and replicate all transactions to another datacenter in some way. Often, transaction logs are shipped over the network to replicate everything in another, identical system in the other datacenter. Some distributed data stores have built-in support for multiple datacenter awareness and can replicate between datacenters in a fully automatic fashion.

This post gives an overview over the first evolutionary step of ArangoDB towards multi-datacenter support, which is asynchronous datacenter to datacenter replication.

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Setting up Datacenter to Datacenter Replication in ArangoDB

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Please note that this tutorial is valid for the ArangoDB 3.3 milestone 1 version of DC to DC replication!

This milestone release contains data-center to data-center replication as an enterprise feature. The is a preview of the upcoming 3.3 release and is not considered production ready.

In order to prepare for a major disaster, you can setup a backup data center that will take over operations if the primary data center goes down. For a server failure, the resilience features of ArangoDB can be used. Data center to data center is used to handle the failure of a complete data center.

Data is transported between data-centers using a message queue. The current implementation uses Apache Kafka as message queue. Apache Kafka is a commonly used open source message queue which is capable of handling multiple data-centers. However, the ArangoDB replication is not tied to Apache Kafka. We plan to support different message queues systems in the future.

The following contains a high-level description how to setup data-center to data-center replication. Detailed instructions for specific operating systems will follow shortly. Read more

Webinar: Use ArangoDB Agency as fault-tolerant persistent data store

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Join our Sr Distributed System Engineer, Kaveh Vahedipour, to learn more about ArangoDB Agency on September 19th, 2017 (6PM CEST/12PM ET/ 9AM PT)View the Recording.

Distributed systems have become the standard topology on which modern appliances live. While the advantages of distributing workload for both performance as well as fault-tolerance are obvious, the runtime flexible configuration of such deployment becomes non-trivial.

ArangoDB clusters are no different in that regard. A potentially large database cluster’s configuration is manipulated at runtime by addition, alteration and removal of collections, indexes, and even servers. All servers need to trust in a fault-tolerant centralized configuration tree, which we call “the agency” in arango-speak. Read more

Pronto Move Shard

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In July Adobe announced that they plan the End-of-Life for flash at around 2020.
As HTML5 progressed and due to a long history of critical security vulnerabilities this is – technologically speaking – certainly the right decision. However I tended to also become a bit sad.

Flash was the first technology that brought interactivity to the web. We tend to forget how static the web was in the early 2000s. Flash brought life to the web and there were plenty of stupid trash games and animations which I really enjoyed at the time. As a homage to the age of trashy flash games I created a game which resembles the games of this era: Read more

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