About the Authors
Alexander joined Percona in 2013. Alexander worked with MySQL since 2000 as DBA and Application Developer. Before joining Percona he was doing MySQL consulting as a principal consultant for over 7 years (started with MySQL AB in 2006, then Sun Microsystems and then Oracle). He helped many customers design large, scalable and highly available MySQL systems and optimize MySQL performance. Alexander also helped customers design Big Data stores with Apache Hadoop and related technologies.
Aurimas was the first person to join founders Peter and Vadim after Percona was formed in 2006, to specialize primarily in performance consulting.
Aurimas began using MySQL for various demanding web projects in 1999, while working as a system administrator. In 2002, he was recruited by a dedicated server hosting startup to work as a performance engineer. Performance optimization service was key to this company's success.
During his career, both as a system administrator and a performance engineer, Aurimas has become familiar with many different technologies and how to apply them. He always knows the right tools for the task. In addition to MySQL performance optimization, his key areas of expertise include: MySQL High Availability, full text search, web and content cache servers, and MySQL data recovery.
In life, Aurimas's primary role is that of a father and a husband. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and taking photos in the wilderness surrounding his home-based office in Vilnius, Lithuania. He also enjoys playing piano or guitar to his favorite audience - his family.
Stéphane joined Percona in July 2012, after working as a MySQL DBA for leading French companies.
In real life, he lives in Paris with his wife and their twin daughters. When not in front of a computer or not spending time with his family, he likes playing chess and hiking.