Percona is the developer of a number of open source software projects for MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, and RocksDB users. They state that all of their software is ‘fully open source and entirely free’. The company’s revenue is derived from open source database related support, consultancy, and managed services.

The company was founded in 2006 by Peter Zaitsev and Vadim Tkachenko.[1] Its headquarters are in Raleigh, North Carolina, and it employs a mostly remote workforce in North America and the rest of the world.

Percona Server for MySQL® is a free, fully compatible, enhanced, open source drop-in replacement for MySQL that provides superior performance, scalability, and instrumentation. With over 3,000,000 downloads, Percona Server for MySQL’s self-tuning algorithms and support for extremely high-performance hardware delivers excellent performance and reliability.

Notable users include Netflix, Amazon Web Services, Alcatel-Lucent, and Smug Mug.


  • Kubernetes 1.6+ with Beta APIs enabled
  • PV provisioner support in the underlying infrastructure

Open source software

Percona maintains a GitHub repository for their open source software,[2] which can also be downloaded from the Percona website.

MySQL database software:

  • Percona Server for MySQL
  • Percona XtraDB Cluster
  • Percona XtraBackup
  • Percona TokuDB
  • MongoDB database software:
  • Percona Server for MongoDB
  • Database Management Tools
  • Percona Monitoring and Management
  • Percona Toolkit
  • Percona Monitoring Plugins
  • Database Performance Management

Build Databases for Websites and Embedded Applications

Percona’s industry-leading database architecture design consultants have full-stack expertise. We build databases for websites and embedded applications in hosted and private, public and hybrid cloud environments that are optimized and scaled for growth while minimizing application downtime and operational costs. Our consultants will work with you to develop and implement the database architecture your business needs.

Percona consultants can help you with:

  • Database Infrastructure Architecture and Design
  • Highly Available Data Infrastructure
  • Highly Scalable Data Infrastructure
  • Data Infrastructure Automation
  • Cloud Data Storage

Percona Consulting can help turn the conceptual schema and data models of your data warehouse into the right database design for your business and database management (DBMS) needs.

Fix Database Performance Problems

Percona’s 24x7x365 support experts provide troubleshooting to solve database and server instability, data recovery, performance tuning, response, database connection, and outage issues, as well as proactive systems monitoring and alert responses.

Troubleshoot database performance issues as they occur with Percona Support. Our troubleshooting experts will identify the criticality and impact of the problem and provide the right solution for your database instance.

Percona consultants can help you with:

  • Database Performance Audit, Performance Tuning and Optimization
  • Server Audit and Stabilization
  • Database Server Outage Restoration
  • 24x7x365 Expertise
  • Data Recovery

Optimize Database, Server and Application Performance

Percona’s industry-recognized performance optimization experts can maximize your database, server, and application performance, lower infrastructure costs and provide capacity and scalability planning for future growth.

Percona consultants can help you with:

  • Database Monitoring
  • Application and Database Server Performance Optimization
  • Infrastructure Review and Design Services
  • Expertise On Demand

Database Performance Tuning and Optimization

If you’re having data performance issues and need to increase the response time of your applications, contact Percona’s expert consultants today to learn more about how we can optimize the database performance of your mission-critical applications and improve the performance and response time of your data environment writ large.

Manage Your Data Performance

Percona’s managed services team can augment your staff with trusted data advisors and database administrators to provide project and database management, best practices for database operations, secure data backups and remote infrastructure management.

We can connect your business with highly experienced database administrators who can implement the right database management system (DBMS) for your business’s needs, whether you deploy a relational or document-oriented database, such as MongoDB. Percona experts can also help you decide on the right data model, data structures and database technology to optimize your data-driven applications.

Our managed services team can help your business with big data solutions, data warehousing, choosing the right database management system for your relational or other open source database, and more. Protect the data integrity and security of your data-driven applications with Percona’s expert database management services.

Percona can help you with:

  • Remote Managed Services
  • Project Management and Advisors
  • Trusted Data Advisors
  • Data Backup

Percona Server for MySQL:

Percona Server for MySQL is optimized for cloud computing, NoSQL access, containers and modern hardware such as SSD and Flash storage.

Percona Server for MySQL provides:

  • Faster and more consistent run queries
  • Enhanced security with binary log (binlog) encryption and data-at-rest encryption
  • Improved efficiency with server consolidation
  • Delayed or completely avoided sharding
  • Better ROI through lower hosting fees and power usage
  • Percona Server for MySQL
  • Cloud ready.
  • Dramatically reduces downtime on servers with slow disks and large memory, such as 4XL EC2 servers on EBS volumes

SaaS deployable.

Increases flexibility for architectures such as co-located databases with hundreds of thousands of tables and heterogeneous backup and retention policies

Vertical scalability and server consolidation.

Scales to over 48 CPU cores, with the ability to achieve hundreds of thousands of I/O operations per second on high-end solid-state hardware

Query, object and user level instrumentation.

Detailed query logging with per-query statistics about locking, I/O, and query plan, as well as performance and access counters per-table, per-index, per-user, and per-host

Enterprise ready.

Percona Server for MySQL includes advanced, fully-enabled external authentication, audit logging and thread pool scalability features that are only available in Oracle’s commercial MySQL Enterprise Edition

Other information

The company’s founders, Peter Zaitsev, and Vadim Tkachenko, are active members of the open source software community. They co-authored with Baron Schwarz the book High-Performance MySQL (3rd edition), published by O’Reilly.

Percona hosts two open source database user conferences each year. These events are designed to provide information about all open source database software, not just those developed by the company. A committee of volunteers creates the programme from submissions to an open call for papers for Percona Live (North America) and Percona Live Europe.

The company supports the open source community with the Database Performance blog which is largely technical in content; by hosting a technical forum and through sponsorship of open source organizations and events

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