Open Source Hot Backup Solution Now Offers Improved Performance, Enterprise-grade Security and Lower Resource Usage

PLEASANTON, California – May 15, 2013 – Percona, the company that makes MySQL faster and more reliable, today announced Percona XtraBackup 2.1, the latest release of the company’s open source hot backup solution for MySQL and Percona Server. The new version offers improved performance, enterprise-grade security, and lower resource usage.

Percona XtraBackup enables backups without blocking user queries, making it ideal for companies with large data sets and mission-critical applications that cannot tolerate long periods of downtime. Offered free as an open source solution, XtraBackup drives down backup costs while providing unique features for MySQL backup.

Technical Highlights

XtraBackup 2.1 includes the following enhancements:

  • Faster incremental backups by utilizing the new "changed page bitmaps" feature in Percona Server.
  • Enhanced security through multi-threaded backup encryption. Compression and encryption can also be combined, each using multiple CPU cores. Percona XtraBackup 2.1 supports industry standard AES encryption and uses libgcrypt, an existing software library.
  • Reduced disk space usage through a “compact backups” feature that reduces the size of backups significantly by omitting secondary index pages from backups.


Vadim Tkachenko, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Percona

“XtraBackup provides the non-blocking backup capability that organizations require in order to use MySQL for mission critical and customer-facing applications that cannot tolerate downtime. Version 2.1 takes Percona XtraBackup to the next level, enhancing performance and security while conserving disk space. These changes are critical for companies that want to cost-effectively scale their MySQL applications to keep pace with business growth.”

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About Percona

Percona has made MySQL faster and more reliable for over 1,900 consulting and support customers worldwide since 2006. Percona provides enterprise-grade MySQL support, Consulting, Training, Remote DBA, and Server Development services to companies such as Cisco Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, Groupon, and the BBC. Percona's founders authored the definitive book High Performance MySQL from O'Reilly Press and the widely read MySQL Performance Blog. Percona also develops software for MySQL users, including Percona Server, Percona XtraBackup, Percona XtraDB Cluster, and Percona Toolkit. The popular Percona Live conferences draw attendees and acclaimed speakers from around the world. For more information, visit

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