Leaving MySQL, MySQL Consulting

I’m leaving MySQL starting 1st of August. This is surely not news for my collegues and friends who knew this is comming.

We’re starting our own company which will provide MySQL Consulting services. We’ll focus on MySQL Performance Optimization but will be able to help pretty much with all MySQL related issues. We can also act as your remote MySQL DBA or help you scaling your LAMP Application.

In addition to that I’ll get back on Entrepreneurial track and work on few Web Projects. Some of you know before joining MySQL I was co-founder and CTO of well known Web Statistics company in Russia and I loved it a lot. I will keep you posted as soon as I have something to show.

I will continue being part of MySQL Community, hopefully getting even more time for this. I will update this blog, hang around on forum, speak on conference as well as work on couple of MySQL related Open Source projects.

If you have any referrals or leads for my new Consulting Venture let me know. If you worked with me personally good testimonials would also be great. I’ve got to do some Sales and Marketing now 🙂

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Comments (23)

  • Xaprb

    How exciting! Good luck on the consulting, and have lots of fun.

    July 31, 2006 at 12:54 pm
  • Paul Vallee

    So Peter it appears we will be competitors henceforth. That’s OK there’s lots of room in this business for all of us. Out of the 100,000 or so DBAs working in the USA, I estimate fewer than 500 industry-wide are working in outsourced or managed services shops like mine, and soon yours.

    Best wishes and good luck, it’ll be a fun and challenging ride for you henceforth for sure (oh to be in 1997 again… )

    Paul Vallée
    President, The Pythian Group, Inc.

    July 31, 2006 at 1:40 pm
  • BillyG

    Great… I just subscribed to this yesterday lol.

    July 31, 2006 at 3:06 pm
  • peter

    Xaprb, Thank you for your wishes,

    Paul – thank you for your wishes and for link pointer to your site. I see you specialize in Remote DBA services while I offer it on the side to Consulting which is my main focus.

    Billy – Do not be worried. I’m leaving MySQL as a company but I will continue maintaining this blog, might be even having more time to do so.

    August 1, 2006 at 1:05 am
  • Rylin

    Good luck, Peter.
    I was thoroughly impressed by your sessions and the performance BoF at the MySQLUC this year; I’m glad to hear the blog will stay open!

    By the way, did Jay ever end up buying you that beer from the BoF? 😉

    August 1, 2006 at 12:48 pm
  • Dathan Vance Pattishall

    Good Luck Peter, I’ve already sent some traffic to Jcole, I’ll send some to you as well.

    August 1, 2006 at 6:32 pm
  • peter

    Thank you Dathan

    August 2, 2006 at 12:26 am
  • peter

    Thank you Rylin,

    Honestly I do not remember about bear… but anyway it was fun.
    Blog surely will stay open 🙂

    August 2, 2006 at 9:37 am
  • Frank Mash

    Congrats Peter. Your presentation at the MySQL UC was one of my favorites and I am sure you will do good in this field.

    Good luck,

    August 5, 2006 at 7:07 pm
  • peter


    Thank you. I will try to propose couple of sessions for next year MySQL conference as well. Feel free to give me referrals if you have any 🙂

    August 6, 2006 at 2:06 pm
  • Eero Teerikorpi


    Exciting news. We are actively seeking your kind of resources to help us in our customer engagemets. I am sure we will collaborate with you on MySQL high availability and scalability solution, especially as you have focused on MySQL performance related issues during past several years.



    August 9, 2006 at 11:26 am
  • peter

    Thank you Eero !

    August 10, 2006 at 6:28 am
  • Mikhail

    Hi Peter,

    I wish you good luck, have a lot of fun in your new job!

    However we could meet somewhere in a biz field.

    It was a real pleasure working with you regarding MySQL bottlenecks and benchmarking.

    Good luck again,

    August 14, 2006 at 7:11 am
  • peter

    Thanks Mikhail.

    Would be good to see you again sometime. 🙂

    August 14, 2006 at 7:38 am
  • Artem Russakovskii

    Heh heh, looks like you’re not doing too bad. It’s fun to look back at your posts a few years later and realize that you had no idea what was going to happen back then.

    March 21, 2008 at 4:02 pm
  • peter

    Thanks Artem,

    Indeed things go well we have a lot of work – fun work and a lot of customers – good happy customers.
    I enjoy being my own boss (and boss for bunch of other people) and try to be good boss for them
    So there is surely no regrets 🙂

    March 21, 2008 at 8:49 pm
  • walterbyrd

    How can a USA company possibly compete?

    Offshore companies are offering MySQL consulting for a little as $1 an hour. Even offshore companies that offer that have consultants with degrees and the full range of MySQL certs, are only charging about $15 an hour.

    Since MySQL is mostly used for web-work, I would think that most MySQL consultants could work from anywhere.

    March 30, 2008 at 10:38 am
  • peter


    I do not know why those people keep coming to us instead of hiring MySQL Experts for $1 per hour…

    Speaking seriously I would ask another questions – why those “experts” charging $1-$15 dollars per hour are working for such low rate while companies have hard time filling MySQL experts position at often $100K+ rate ? May be it is different kind of experts after all.

    March 30, 2008 at 9:05 pm
  • walterbyrd

    >>companies have hard time filling MySQL experts position at often $100K+ rate<<

    I am in Denver. I see ads for Oracle and SQL-Sever DBAs and developers all the time, usually in the $50 – $70 an hour rate. I very rarely see ads for MySQL experts. Usually MySQL is an also-ran skill for Linux admins or PHP developers. At least, that is what I am seeing. Maybe I’m missing something?

    Are you saying that off-shore DBAs and developers, are not as good as local? I can not think of any reason why that would be.

    Even if employers are paying strong salaries to MySQL experts today, will that last? Considering all the aggressive offshoring that is going on, it would be hard for me to feel confident about that.

    I am presently not working. I was laid-off from my last job because the entire department was off-shored to Argintina. So please don’t tell me that sort of thing does not happen.

    April 6, 2008 at 2:19 pm

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