Percona Server 5.6 Delivers the Most Powerful Features and Highest Performance of Any Free MySQL(R) Variant

Percona Server 5.6 Delivers the Most Powerful Features and Highest Performance 
of Any Free MySQL(R) Variant 
Percona Server 5.6 Includes Many MySQL Enterprise Edition Features 
PLEASANTON, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/08/13 --   Percona, the company
that unlocks optimal MySQL performance and reliability, today
announced Percona Server 5.6, the latest release of the company's
enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL. The new version offers all
the improvements found in MySQL 5.6 Community Edition plus
scalability, availability, backup, and security features found only
in MySQL 5.6 Enterprise Edition, which requires a support contract
from Oracle to access. The free download of Percona Server 5.6 also
includes superior diagnostics and improved integration with other
Percona software.  
Feature Highlights 
Enterprise-Grade Features and Greater Diagnostic Insight, for Free 

--  High Performance -- The Percona Thread Pool feature in Percona Server
    5.6 ensures high performance when multiple threads are active, similar
    to MySQL 5.6 Enterprise Scalability.
--  Powerful Backups -- Percona Server 5.6 can be used with Percona
    XtraBackup, which provides the same backup features available in MySQL
    5.6 Enterprise Backup, including incremental backups and hot backups.
    But Percona XtraBackup provides additional features that are available
    only when using Percona Server 5.6.
--  Advanced Clustering -- Percona Server 5.6 can easily be migrated to
    Percona XtraDB Cluster to create a high availability MySQL cluster.
    This capability is equivalent to MySQL 5.6 Enterprise High
--  High Security -- Percona Server 5.6 includes the Percona PAM plugin,
    which delivers the same user security capabilities as MySQL 5.6
    Enterprise Security.
--  Sophisticated Diagnostics -- Percona Server 5.6 surpasses the
    diagnostics capabilities of MySQL Community Edition Performance Schema
    by matching its features plus including a User Stats feature that
    provides insight into user, index, and table activity. Percona Server
    5.6 also has a Slow Query Log feature that can be fine-tuned to
    provide deep insight into query performance while minimizing system

Significant Performance Advantages 
 Percona Server 5.6 performance
advantages enable databases to continue to run smoothly even when
unexpected traffic spikes increase server load. Percona Server 5.6
performs better than MySQL 5.6 Community Edition, MariaDB 5.5, and
Percona Server 5.5 in a variety of common use scenarios. By removing
many resource contentions that slow MySQL 5.6 Community Edition,
Percona Server 5.6 delivers better performance at more than 150
concurrent threads and up to 4x better performance at 1,000 or more
concurrent threads. In addition, the Thread Pool feature in Percona
Server 5.6 -- a capability available only in MySQL 5.6 Enterprise
Edition -- provides significant performance gains over MySQL 5.6
Community Edition in intensive Read/Write environments.  
More Powerful Backup Capabilities
 When Percona Server 5.6 is used
with Percona XtraBackup, backup features are enabled which are
unavailable to other MySQL variants. Fast Incremental Backups is a
bitmap based backup that creates incremental backups faster than
MySQL Enterprise Backup. Archive Logs Backup allows users to keep a
history of database changes for as long as they desire and apply
these changes to a second copy of data. 
More Advanced and More Current, but Fully Drop-in Compatible with
MySQL 5.6 
 Percona Server 5.6 is based on MySQL 5.6 Community
Edition so it is fully drop-in compatible. Percona Server also
directly benefits from the coding and QA expertise of the MySQL
server development team, resulting in consistently higher quality and
performance. Future Percona Server 5.6 features will be refactored
based on the then current version of MySQL 5.6 Community Edition so
it will remain drop-in compatible. Percona Server 5.6 is also more
up-to-date than MySQL 5.6 because Percona typically pushes out bug
fixes and performance enhancements faster than Oracle. Because of
this, many of the largest Internet companies rely on Percona Server
and often pay Percona to develop new performance-related features,
which are then released to the MySQL community in Percona Server.
These enhancements are typically not incorporated into MySQL until
the next major release. For example, many Percona Server 5.5
performance enhancements were never introduced in MySQL 5.5 Community
Edition and instead appeared only in MySQL 5.6. 
Vadim Tkachenko, Co-founder and CTO for Percona
 "Percona Server 5.6
is the best free MySQL variant for demanding applications. It
includes many features, which are only available to MySQL 5.6
Enterprise Edition users. We also built upon the traditional strength
of Percona Server to provide Percona Server 5.6 users with the best
available performance for demanding workloads. The powerful features
and high performance of Percona Server 5.6 plus its full drop-in
compatibility with MySQL 5.6 Community Edition are all important
reasons why Percona Server has been downloaded over 700,000 times
since its launch." 
Peter Zaitsev, Co-founder and CEO 
 "According to a 2013 survey by
451 Research, the total use of all varieties of MySQL will continue
to grow dramatically. However, just 62% of survey respondents
indicated they use MySQL from Oracle while 15% use Percona Server and
use of MySQL from Oracle is expected to decline to 45% by 2018.
Nearly 50 percent of the respondents were also more inclined towards
alternative support providers. These survey results validate what we
are hearing from our customers and our conference attendees.
Companies like Percona deliver far greater value to the MySQL market,
and with the release of Percona Server 5.6, we have again raised the
Company Information 
About Percona 
Percona has made MySQL faster and more reliable for over 2,000
customers worldwide since 2006. Percona provides enterprise-grade
MySQL Support, Consulting, Remote DBA, Training, and Server
Development services to companies such as Cisco Systems,
Alcatel-Lucent, Groupon, and the BBC. Percona's founders authored the
definitive book High Performance MySQL from O'Reilly Press and the
widely read MySQL Performance Blog. Percona also develops software
for MySQL users, including Percona Server, Percona XtraBackup,
Percona XtraDB Cluster, and Percona Toolkit. The popular Percona Live
conferences draw attendees and acclaimed speakers from around the
world. For more information, visit 
Percona(R) and XtraBackup(R) are registered trademarks of the Percona
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