In an effort to help consolidate the many MySQL servers at NCSA, IT Services provides a production MySQL service. Among other things, MySQL databases are useful for web programming applications and this service gives NCSA a centralized server that goes hand-in-hand with the public webservers.
There are a number of benefits to a centralized mysql server, including redundancy and no longer having to worry about your own MySQL upgrades. In addition to nightly backups of the tables, all data is replicated onto a second MySQL server which can take the place of the first in case of hardware failure.
We are currently limiting the size of new databases to 4 GB.
You can request a new database by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details in the email:
Desired name of your database (names can included underscores, but not hyphens)
Description of the database's usage
List of user accounts that will need access to the database. Include suggested username, database permissions, and host(s) they will be connecting from.