Deploy MariaDB from a Helm chart

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Learn how to deploy MariaDB from the Bitnami Helm chart. After you deploy MariaDB on your cluster, you can manage the application with Astra Control.

MariaDB is a validated app for Astra Control. Learn the difference between Validated and Standard apps.

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  • A GKE or AKS cluster that has been added to Astra Control Service.

  • Updated versions of Helm (version 3.2+) and Kubectl installed.

  • Kubeconfig configured using the gcloud tool with a command like gcloud container clusters get-credentials my-cluster-name

  • Kubeconfig configured using the az tool with a command like az aks get-credentials --resource-group resource-group-name --name aks-cluster-name

Install MariaDB

Two important notes on this process:

  • You must deploy your app after the cluster is added to Astra Control, not before.

  • You must deploy the Helm chart in a namespace other than the default.

Add the Bitnami chart repo:

helm repo add bitnami

Deploy MariaDB with the command:

helm install mariadb bitnami/mariadb --namespace testdb --create-namespace --set db.database=test_db,db.user=test_db_user,db.password=choose-your-password > /dev/null 2>&1

This does the following:

  • Creates the testdb namespace.

  • Deploys MariaDB on the testdb namespace.

  • Creates a database named test_db

  • Creates a user test_db_user with the password that you provided.

This method of setting the password at deployment is insecure. We do not recommend this for a production environment.

After the pods are online, you can manage the app with Astra Control. Astra Control allows you to manage an app at the namespace level or using a helm label