Peter is arguably the world's foremost expert in MySQL performance and scaling, with a special expertise in hardware and database internals. A native of Moscow, Peter first became a MySQL user in 1998 and quickly became both a technologist and manager in some of Russia's early large MySQL installations. Peter was personally recruited in 2002 by MySQL's founder to manage the High Performance Group within the MySQL Support Team until 2006, when he left to found Percona. Peter has guided Percona from a two-person, bootstrapped startup to a worldwide organization with an international reputation for high quality MySQL software and services.
Peter's work has contributed to dozens of MySQL appliances, storage engines, replication systems, and other technologies. He has advised some of the world's largest MySQL users, including many Fortune 500 firms and household name web sites -- on MySQL best practices, especially performance scaling and optimization.