Percona turns 5 years old


It’s August 1st, 2011, and five years ago on or about this date (who can remember clearly?) Peter Zaitsev and Vadim Tkachenko founded Percona. What’s happened in the last five years?

We’re a privately held, privately funded company of over 50 employees distributed globally, serving 1200 customers worldwide with support, consulting, training, and engineering services for MySQL. Our revenue isn’t public, but we’re proud that we’re able to keep all those people busy and help provide for their families. We’ve contributed significantly to improved performance and advanced functionality in the MySQL server and InnoDB storage engine, and created the first and only opensource hot-backup tool for InnoDB, as well as many other open-source software engineering projects.

We’re happy that we’ve achieved this much, but our future plans are ambitious too. We’d rather first lay eggs and then cackle, than the other way around. So watch this blog for news about what’s next from Percona.

A heartfelt thanks to all of Percona’s customers, without whom there’d be no company. And likewise, to our team members. To the MySQL community, including MariaDB and Drizzle; and the business ecosystem and third-party providers, both closed and open source. Finally, much gratitude is due to Oracle, and also to MySQL’s previous stewards: Sun Microsystems, MySQL AB, and of course Monty Widenius and David Axmark, and Heikki Tuuri, who started it all so many years ago.

Here’s to the next five years.


Peter Zaitsev, CEO
Vadim Tkachenko, CTO
Baron Schwartz, Chief Performance Architect
Tom Basil, COO
Bill Schuler, VP of Sales
Espen Braekken, VP of Global Services



  1. Romain GUINOT says

    i’ve noticed a typo : Monty’s last name is Widenius, not Widenious.


  2. Harrison says

    Baron, I never noticed that your title is CPA before! I see why you don’t use the acronym.

    Congrats on 5 years ! I still remember Peter and Vadim leaving MySQL AB and being shocked, seems like just yesterday. Seems like it turned out okay for you ;)

  3. says

    Hello Percona,

    Congratulations on your anniversary from us! We wish you all the best for the future and thank you for your valuable input to the MySQL Ecosystem…


  4. Bill Willits says

    Congratulations guys! Excellent work and really appreciate what you’ve given back to the community!!

  5. says

    Wish you many more years of contributions and that this new ecosystem of multiple players will bring more innovations and users. Still amazed in how open source can increase contributions with small groups of people decided to drive the same product their own way.

    Already shared valuable time with many of you and waiting for some more…

    All the best

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