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Percona welcomes Ewen Fortune and Piotr Biel

 | October 1, 2008 |  Posted In: Events and Announcements


Although we haven’t announced any new members in a while, the Percona team has continued to grow steadily behind the scenes. Our hiring policy is to have a few months’ provisional period to ensure the absolute highest quality of service and consistency of results provided to our clients. Today I’m proud to officially welcome Ewen Fortune and Piotr Biel, who have been working with us for quite a few months.

Ewen Fortune joins us from Spain, where he lives with his family. Ewen is actually a native English speaker, but is fluent in written and spoken Spanish, of course. Ewen has been a consultant and contractor before joining Percona, and has many years of experience in Oracle, MySQL, Unix systems administration, programming, and networking. Ewen is an Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Professional (OCP), a Certified MySQL 5.0 DBA (CMDBA), and a Certified MySQL 5.1 Cluster DBA (CMCDBA). Like all of our consultants, he also has some hard-to-find skills, such as experience with CFEngine. Ewen has been working with our largest clients, helping them make their data centers more reliable, higher performance, and easier to manage. Other recent accomplishments that come to mind include helping clients move to new data centers and performance audits.

Piotr Biel lives in Poland, quite close to our other Polish team member (Maciek Dobrzanski). In his past as a system architect he helped build two of Poland’s largest internet portals serving billions of pageviews a month. It’s impressive to hear him talk about the techniques he used to manage thousands of servers as easily as most of us manage our email, but it’s even better to watch him do it! Like Ewen, Piotr has extensive knowledge of other technologies such as Unix (IBM AIX Certified Expert, experienced SUN Solaris administrator), enterprise-level networking, advanced virtualization techniques with DLPAR/LPAR and Oracle DBA including RAC clusters, and has been helping our customers move to new data centers, set up replication, eliminate performance and security problems, and much more.

Anything I write about these two gentlemen will surely miss a lot of what they’ve been doing — deep, complex tasks such as patching our MMM high availability toolkit, debugging obscure networking problems, and recovering data from InnoDB tables that are so badly damaged that InnoDB’s own recovery capabilities are overwhelmed. So I’ll stop giving examples of how much they can do!

Ewen and Piotr, a very warm welcome to the Percona team from all of us, and we are so glad to have you with us! We all look forward to the months and years ahead. Go team!

Baron Schwartz

Baron is the lead author of High Performance MySQL. He is a former Percona employee.


  • Are you people welcome beginners with good potential in your team? I’m crazy about performance tuning, have some experience with big projects, but not the size mentioned in article of course 🙂

  • I am writing to you because I noticed the name of one of employees in the above blog was Piotr Biel from Poland. My grandmothers maiden name was Maryanna Biel from around the Sanok area of Poland. Her parents were: Jacob Biel and Palagia(maiden name Wojnarowski- who’s father was Michael Wojnarowski from Olchowce Poland). My grandmother lived in Bykowce Poland. I was just wondering if you might pass this along to him. I am interested in locating any family that might still be in Poland. Thank you in advance for your time.


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