Percona, and Yasufumi Kinoshita who works for Percona, received two awards from the O’Reilly MySQL Conference co-chairs on behalf of the committee that voted on the nominees. The awards were: to Yasufumi as O’Reilly MySQL Community Contributor of the Year 2011 for InnoDB performance improvements, and to XtraBackup as O’Reilly MySQL Application of the Year 2011 for adding opensource hot backup functionality to MySQL.
It’s worth saying that XtraBackup is a team effort: Yasufumi wrote the initial version of XtraBackup, and Alexey Kopytov has been working on it recently. Our congratulations to all of the winners: Yasufumi, Giuseppe Maxia, Continuent, and DeNA. Let’s keep making MySQL better!
(Note: I was part of the conference speaker committee, but not part of the award committee. I’m not sure who was on the award committee.)
(Another note: There was a rumor that Yasufumi’s house or apartment was destroyed in the earthquake/tsunami, but that isn’t the case, thankfully.)