Read Replicas Beta
This section will describe how to create a universe with both a primary and read replica cluster in a hybrid cloud deployment, as well as dynamically add, edit, and remove, a read replica cluster. In this example, we are first going to deploy a universe with primary cluster in Oregon (US-West) and read replica cluster in Northern Virginia (US-East).
Create the universe
First, we are going to enter the following values to create a primary cluster on GCP cloud provider. Click on
Create Universe and enter the following intent.
- Enter a universe name: helloworld3
- Enter the set of regions: Oregon
- Enter the replication factor: 3
- Change instance type: n1-standard-8
- Add the following GFlag for Master and T-Server: leader_failure_max_missed_heartbeat_periods = 10. Since the the data is globally replicated, RPC latencies are higher. We use this flag to increase the failure detection interval in such a higher RPC latency deployment.
Then, click on Configure Read Replica and enter the following intent to create a read replica cluster on AWS.
- Enter the set of regions: US East
- Enter the replication factor: 3
- Change the instance type: c4.large
Since we do not need to a establish a quorum for read replica clusters, the replication factor can be
either even or odd.Click
Examine the universe
While waiting for the universe to get created, it should look like this:
Once the universe is created, you should see something like this in the universe overview.
Note how we have a distinguished primary and read replica cluster defined, designated by the yellow and green groups respectively.
You can browse to the
Nodes tab of the universe to see a list of nodes. Note that the nodes are grouped by primary or read replica, and read replica nodes have a
readonly1 identifier associated with the name.
Go to the cloud providers’ instances page. In GCP, browse to Compute Engine
->VM Instances and search for instances that have
helloworld3 in their name. You should see something as follows, corresponding to our primary cluster.
In AWS, browse to Instances and do the same search, you should see 3 nodes corresponding to our read replica cluster.
We have successfully created a hybrid cloud deployment with the primary cluster in GCP and the read replica cluster in AWS!
Add, remove, edit a read replica cluster
In this section, we cover dynamically adding, editing, and removing a read replica cluster from an
existing universe. Let’s create a new universe
helloworld4 with a primary cluster exactly as
helloworld3 but without any
read replica cluster. Click
Create and wait for the universe to be ready. Once this is done,
navigate to the
Overview tab, and find the
More dropdown in the top right corner. There you should
Configure Read Replica selection - click on that.
You will see a page to configure the read replica cluster. Enter the same intent we used for the
read replica cluster in
helloworld3 and click
Add Read Replica.
Once this is done, go to the
Nodes tab and verify that you have 3 new read replica nodes all in AWS.
To edit our read replica cluster, we go back to the
More dropdown and select
Configure Read Replica. Add a
node to the cluster (it will automatically select a Availability Zone to select from) and click on
Edit Read Replica.
Once the universe is ready, go to the Nodes tab and you can see the new read replica node for a total of 4 new nodes.
Finally, to delete the read replica cluster, go back to the
Configure Read Replica page and click
this configuration. You will be prompted to enter the universe name for safety purposes. Do this and
Once this is done, go back to the Nodes page and verify that you only see the 3 primary nodes from our initial universe creation. You have dynamically added, edited, and removed a read replica cluster from an existing universe.