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Percona turns 5 years old

 | August 1, 2011 |  Posted In: Events and Announcements, MySQL


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

Baron Schwartz

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


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