Jan
31
2011
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MySQL & Friends Meetup @ FOSDEM

Kris Buytaert organized a MySQL Meetup at FOSDEM last year, and because of the success we’ll be doing it again this year, in the same restaurant: Sogno d’Italia.

Everybody is invited to come to the dinner. Just register on http://mysqlandfriendsfosdem2011.eventbrite.com/ so we have an idea how many reservations we should make. The maximum capacity is about 40 people.

We’ll plan to meet at 19:00 on Saturday, under the big tree in front of the AW building. Then we’ll walk to the restaurant, which is about 5 minutes walking distance.

 

Jan
05
2011
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Announcing Percona Live: San Francisco February 16th

Today we’re announcing Percona Live – a one day event to be held at the Bently Reserve on February 16th in San Francisco.  Live is our way of showcasing some of the awesome work that has been going into MySQL recently – and the theme of this event is Beyond MySQL 5.1.

Our first guest speaker is none other than Jeremy Zawodny.  Jeremy is well known in the MySQL community having been the original author of High Performance MySQL 1st Ed.  He will be presenting on how Craigslist has already upgraded to MySQL 5.5 – and are running on Fusion-io SSDs in production.

Tickets are available for early bird registration at $50.  To signup, or for more information please visit the percona website.


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Jan
03
2011
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Speaking on MySQL/PHP Meetup in Charlotte, NC

I’m speaking at MySQL/PHP Meetup at Charlotte,NC next week with topic being Scaling MySQL Applications. We will have a presentation probably for about an hour and the good amount of time for questions. So come prepared.

Great thanks to Red Ventures, LLC for help organizing and sponsoring this event. I’m hearing there are going to be a door prizes, some snacks and drinks available on this event.


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Dec
13
2010
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Percona Training in London and Frankfurt

For those that missed it – last week we added training in Frankfurt and London to our website.  This includes our new Operations Training announced in September.

(While in Europe, we’d love to speak at your meetup group on Percona Server and/or MySQL Optimization.  If you’re a meetup organizer in London or Paris, please feel free to get in touch.)


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Dec
09
2010
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Recordings for webinars are now online

We’ve just published the recordings for our webinars; Migrating MyISAM to InnoDB and Introduction to Percona Server, XtraDB and Xtrabackup.  To listen, click on (Watch: Recorded Webinar) on each of these links.

We’re planning for future webinars next year.  If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.


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Nov
26
2010
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Webinar: Introduction to Percona Server, XtraDB and Xtrabackup

We’ve had such a large number of signups to our Migrating MyISAM to InnoDB webinar, that we decided to hold one more before the year is out:

December, 8th 9AM PST: Introduction to Percona Server, XtraDB and Xtrabackup.

As the title suggests: this presentation is an introduction.  We will be running through the main aspects that change, and where you can expect to get the most benefit.

This will be a technical talk, but perhaps less technical than some of our other posts. I recommend inviting a few friends & colleagues that are already familiar with MySQL, but perhaps not regular readers of our blog.

(Time for Q&A will follow the main presentation).


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Nov
05
2010
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Percona’s Commitments to MySQL Users

You probably saw the Twitter storm over Oracle’s pricing changes and InnoDB in the last few days. The fear about Oracle removing InnoDB from the free version of MySQL was baseless — it was just a misunderstanding. Still, in the years since MySQL has been acquired by Sun, and then by Oracle, many MySQL users have been uncertain about the future. We think it’s important for us to make our own position and plans clear and public, so that there is no fear or doubt about what Percona will do.

We want to begin by saying “thank you” to those who built and maintained MySQL over the years. Many of us at Percona came from the original MySQL team. We know that it took a decade-long group effort from Monty, David, Marten and many others to develop it into the world’s leading open-source database. Much of their work is never publicly recognized, but it is the foundation of our own work, and we’re indebted to it. MySQL development suffered some detours and slowdowns over the last few years. This era is over. MySQL has never progressed so rapidly towards better features, better performance, and better quality. We applaud the great work coming from Oracle.

Always business-focused

We know that statements such as these can be filled with corporate double-speak. Let there be no doubt: Percona is in business to make money, not to make flowers grow taller and the sun shine brighter. Likewise, our customers are in business to make money. We write software that contributes to our business goals, and to our customers’ goals. And we think the best way to do that is by adhering to open-source principles.

Always improving

Our flagship database server Percona Server with XtraDB powers critical portions of the U.S. economy, applications you rely on every day, utility services, and governments. Thousands of people use it. We take that very seriously.

Our roadmap is to continue what we are doing: diagnose and solve the root problems our customers experience, and build new features to overcome limitations in the server. We have a dedicated team of engineers making sustained and rapid progress on improving it. We plan to continue releasing new versions frequently.

Always free

Our software is 100% free. We are a pure-play open-source company. We do not practice dual-licensing. We hold nothing back. Our strategy is to be a services company, pure and simple. The value we provide to customers is our depth of knowledge about how to solve their problems. The software we produce is evidence of our abilities.

Always independent and objective

Percona Server with XtraDB is an enhanced drop-in replacement for MySQL, for those whose needs are not met by the official MySQL server from Oracle. It offers more performance, more features, and more diagnostic capabilities. If it meets your needs, we’re happy, but we make our money from services, not software. Our job is to tell our customers what we think is best for them. That’s partly why we are a pure-play open-source company. If we earned money directly from our software, that would compromise our core principle of objectivity, because we’d have a financial incentive to push customers towards our software instead of helping them make the right decisions for themselves.

Always open-source

We will always work to create and improve open-source software. When there’s a need, we respond to closed-source software by providing open-source alternatives. An example of this is Percona XtraBackup. We have also worked to create open-source tools for monitoring, query analysis, replication management, and other capabilities.

If you’re worried about Oracle making MySQL closed-source, stop worrying. It can’t be done. Oracle cannot take back what is already in the community’s hands; at worst, they can only stop updating it with new versions. And we can and will continue to provide an open-source database server that delivers improved performance and functionality to our customers.

Always fairly priced

Percona is the oldest independent support provider for MySQL. We opened in mid-2006. Since then we’ve grown to over 40 full-time staff and over 900 customers. We think this success is partially because we’re fair to our customers. Our pricing model has always been to match value for the customer with Percona’s costs as closely as possible. This is why our consulting is billed by the hour in a pay-as-you-go model: you pay only for what you use. Our support and maintenance offering covers unlimited servers and CPUs, because the cost of providing support is not related to how many servers you’re running. Per-unit pricing would also compromise our objectivity — we’d have an incentive to increase your server count, instead of helping you make your systems more efficient.

Conclusion

We’re dedicated to advancing the state of the art in MySQL performance and functionality, because our customers pay us to do it. You can count on us continuing to provide an outstanding open-source database server and other software tools, with accompanying world-class services and support. We salute everyone who’s helping advance MySQL and open-source software, including Oracle, and look forward to a bright and prosperous future for our businesses.

Sincerely,
The Percona Executive Management Team:

Peter Zaitsev, Chief Executive Officer
Vadim Tkachenko, Chief Technology Officer
Baron Schwartz, Chief Performance Architect
Tom Basil, Chief Operating Officer
Bill Schuler, Vice President of Sales
Espen Braekken, Vice President of Consulting and Support


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Oct
06
2010
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Percona at WebConf Riga 2010

WebConf LogoMy colleague Aleksandr Kuzminsky will be speaking at WebConf Riga 2010 next month on XtraBackup: Hot Backups and More and Recovery of Lost or Corrupted InnoDB Tables.

WebConf is the first big conference of its kind in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and we are very happy to be participating.

In addition to Aleksandr’s talks, we will also be offering our training courses. You can find out more from the conference website (they will be publishing more information in the next two days).


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Aug
19
2010
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Percona talks at OpenSQL Camp this weekend

Four Perconians (perconites?) will be at OpenSQL Camp in Sankt Augustin, Germany this weekend presenting talks on:

  • Recovery of Lost or Corrupted InnoDB Tables
  • Keep your MySQL backend online no matter what
  • XtraDB — InnoDB on steroids
  • Xtrabackup for MySQL

If you would like to stop by and say hello, we are Aleksandr, Istvan, Morgan and Aurimas (pictures here).

If you can make the (approximate) location, but not the date, we also have training in Frankfurt in three weeks time.


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Apr
29
2010
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Presentations Announcement: 2010 O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo

The Percona team participated at this year’s O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo held April 12-15, 2010 in Santa Clara, California. We gave a lot of talks on various topics and all of those presentations are now available. Here’s the list:

You can also read more about this conference on Percona site.


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