Pythian Offers Customized Training/Consulting Package

Yesterday, The Pythian Group issued a press release about my book, Pythian’s partnership with Sun, and our new “MySQL Adoption Accelerator Package”. I am not a marketing guru, but I can tell you what we the package means in terms of new work that the MySQL teams have been doing.

Basically, the MySQL Adoption Accelerator Package combines customized training with a comprehensive audit of systems. The name “Adoption Accelerator” makes it sound like it’s only for new applications that are almost ready to go live. What the program actually does is have us evaluate your systems, and intensively train you in the areas you want and need. The program is designed to suit all your needs, whether it’s teaching you about one topic (say, query optimization) or an entire range of topics, from Architecture to ZFS (special issues with running MySQL on ZFS, that is, but that did not fit a cute “from A-Z” model…).

Whether you have already adopted MySQL or are thinking of converting from Oracle, DB2, Microsoft SQL Server or even sqlite, this new package may be what you need.

And now, the full text of the press release, for the curious:

‘MySQL Administrator’s Bible’ Hits the Bookstands: Pythian Launches MySQL Accelerator Adoption Package

The Pythian Group, the leading provider of remote database services, is pleased to announce that the much-anticipated MySQL Administrator’s Bible, written by employee Sheeri K. Cabral, is now available.

Published by Wiley, MySQL Administrator’s Bible is a comprehensive guide to using and administering MySQL. Ideal for the beginner and the experienced administrator, the book’s 22 chapters cover the fundamentals of MySQL database management-including MySQL’s unique approach to basic database features and functions-as well as SQL queries, data and index types, stored procedure and functions, triggers and views, events and transactions. It also discusses such topics as MySQL server tuning, administering storage engines, caching, backup and recovery, managing users, index tuning, database and performance monitoring, security, and more.

Cabral is a world-renowned MySQL expert and a sought-after speaker for many conferences, including the MySQL Conference and Expo (where she delivered a keynote this year), OSCon and LISA. She founded and organizes the Boston, Massachusetts MySQL User Group and in 2007 and 2008 won the MySQL Community Member of the Year Award.

In her job at Pythian, Cabral provides database administration support and consulting services to enterprises worldwide. She is one of several Certified MySQL DBAs at Pythian, which boasts an impressive 75 per cent certification rate.

On April 21, Sun Microsystems named Pythian its first authorized MySQL Enterprise Remote DBA partner, as part of Sun’s MySQL Enterprise Connection Alliance (MECA) partner program. As the only Platinum partner in the program, Pythian offers the highest level of support and care available for customers.

IODA, the industry-leading digital distribution company for the global independent music community, and Conductor, a leading provider of search engine optimization technology and services, have just signed on as Pythian’s first Platinum customers within the program. Pythian is celebrating the launch of Cabral’s book by giving complimentary copies to IODA and Conductor, and to the next eight customers to join the program.

“Pythian is uniquely positioned to take advantage of two interesting trends that are happening in the IT industry,” said Paul Vallee, Founder and Executive Chairman at Pythian. “First, a growing number of companies, large and small, are moving applications to MySQL. Second, outsourcing remote DBA service providers is on the rise. Enterprises want to reduce costs without sacrificing performance and industry best-practices.”

Anticipating this demand, Pythian has launched the MySQL Adoption Accelerator Package: a series of interactive training and consulting sessions that prepares DBA teams to deploy MySQL more securely, reliably and efficiently in their production environments. The package is a comprehensive deployment readiness program that covers all aspects of a deployment from an overview of MySQL and comparisons to other databases to strategies for performance testing and developer support and mentoring.

Cost and Availability

MySQL Administrator’s Bible is sold through most bookstores including Wiley and It retails for $US 49.99. The MySQL Adoption Accelerator Package is available immediately. For more information, contact

About Pythian

The Pythian Group is a global industry-leader in remote database administration services and consulting for MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server. Since 1997, companies have trusted Pythian to keep their database infrastructures running efficiently while strategically aligning IT with business goals. Pythian’s unparalleled DBA skills, mature methodologies, best practices and tools enable clients to do more with fewer resources. Pythian’s corporate headquarters is in Ottawa Canada, with offices worldwide. Pythian was the first managed services provider to build a practice around MySQL in 2002. For more information visit: Follow Sheeri Cabral’s blogs on MySQL: Have a question? Use our hashtag #Pythian on Twitter and ask away.

Jolita Communications for Pythian
Lisa Courtney Lloyd

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