The Percona platform aims to strengthen support for open source databases

Open-source database support provider Percona made its eponymous platform generally available on Tuesday. Percona Platform makes it easier for organizations to manage on-premises and cloud databases.

Since its creation in 2006, Percona, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, has provided organizations with support services for open source database platforms, including mysql, PostgreSQLName and MongoDB.

To date, Percona has largely delivered these services as a set of distinct capabilities. With the Percona platform, which has been in beta for a year, the vendor has integrated its capabilities into a single platform that provides database software and management capabilities.

The Percona platform includes the new Advisors service, also now available, which incorporates automated database optimization capabilities not previously present in the vendor’s individual service offerings.

Percona’s move to create what it called an “intelligent open data platform” is a step in the right direction for the vendor, said Omdia analyst Bradley Shimmin.

“The company’s long history of supporting disparate open source projects in highly demanding and complicated environments makes it the perfect partner for potential customers looking to master the complexities of deploying a heterogeneous, open data stack. source to cloud,” Shimmin said. .

Shimmin also said he sees potential for the advisor service. With Advisors, Percona effectively codifies its Professional Services-as-a-Service experience, allowing customers to select a deployment model that both fits their specific needs and has been field-tested with Percona customers.

The company’s extensive experience supporting disparate open source projects in highly demanding and complicated environments makes it the perfect partner for potential customers looking to master the complexities of deploying a heterogeneous, open source data stack. in the cloud.

Bradley ShiminAnalyst, Omdia

How Percona Platform aims to improve open source database management

Percona also provides its own distributions of popular open source databases, noted Donnie Berkholz, senior vice president of product. With open source licensed software, individual vendors can take software from the community and build it as their own software distribution with specific configurations and optimization.

“A lot of people use Percona Server for MySQL, for MongoDB and for PostgreSQL,” Berkholz said. “But the software side of the business was often disconnected from the service side.”

Percona Platform is an attempt to bring together open source database software, along with managed services and monitoring, in a subscription-based approach.

The platform includes the vendor’s Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM) technology, which now uses the Advisors service. Advisors provide automated insights to help optimize database operations for performance as well as security configuration.

Advisors is not a one-time service that only runs once. Instead, it’s a persistent service that can check the database configuration at preconfigured intervals. Checks can identify weak passwords, misconfigured network ports for access, and misused administrator credentials.

The Percona platform is not a database-as-a-service running on a single cloud.

Rather, Berkholz pointed out that the platform is a managed database that can be deployed on-premises by an organization or in any cloud environment or across multiple clouds.

“Percona as a business is not locked to a single cloud or a single database,” he said. “We have the flexibility to help our customers manage a database where they need it.”

Maria H. Underwood