Peter Zaitsev

CEO, Percona

Peter co-founded Percona in 2006, assuming the role of CEO. Percona helps companies of all sizes maximize their success with MySQL. Percona was named to the Inc. 5000 in 2013. Peter was an early employee at MySQL AB, eventually leading the company’s High Performance Group. A serial entrepreneur, Peter co-founded his first startup while attending Moscow State University where he majored in Computer Science. As CEO of Percona, Peter enjoys mixing business leadership with hands on technical expertise. Peter is co-author of High Performance MySQL published by O’Reilly, one of the most popular books on MySQL performance. Peter blogs regularly on and speaks frequently at conferences. Peter lives in North Carolina with his wife and two children. In his spare time, Peter enjoys travel and spending time outdoors.


This year is the tenth anniversary of our gathering as a community to discuss and guide the direction of the MySQL ecosystem. With the release of MySQL 5.6, the increasing need for performance, the demand for big data support, and the question of the cloud, 2013 brings opportunity for an enormous leap in innovation. In his keynote, Peter Zaitsev gives his perspective on the state of the MySQL... [read more]
This presentation will teach you the InnoDB internals you need to know for performance optimization and operational tasks. You'll learn topics such as how InnoDB allocates space on the filesystem and in memory, how InnoDB recovery works, and how MVCC and locking work. We'll also cover the insert buffer and doublewrite buffer, and how InnoDB purges old data. We will not get into code-... [read more]
In many Performance evaluation studies, you will find comparison made in terms of peak throughput or corresponding response time. Yet these metrics are not the ones which well describe how technology would behave in real production systems. In this brief presentation, we will look into why such metrics can be misleading as well as provide framework and principles about performance evaluation... [read more]