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Managing a MySQL database server can become a full time job. What we need are tools that bundle a set of related tasks into a common utility. While there are several such utility libraries to choose, it is often the case that you need to customize them to your needs. The MySQL Utilities library is the answer to that need. It is open source so you can modify and expand it as you see fit.
The ability to replicate from one MySQL server to another is a well established and proven technology. Until recently, replication from a MySQL server to an external application was not supported. This technology would not only enable a universe of applications, it would also permit developers to integrate near real time data changes from MySQL quickly and reliably into their own solutions.