MySQL Review

It provides a low cost and effective SQL DB solution for smaller companies. Replication does need improvement though.

What is most valuable?

  • Speed
  • Cost

How has it helped my organization?

MySQL provides a low cost and effective SQL Database solution for smaller companies that don’t require the overhead and cost associated with RDBMS tools like Oracle

What needs improvement?

Replication and HA features, but that is to be expected at this entry point

For how long have I used the solution?

10 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No, the deployment of MySQL is very easy as it is usually a part of Linux distributions and most hosting services provide a MySQL database as a part of their hosting service.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No, MySQL has always been a stable database. If there are sufficient resources on the server to run the database it will do fine.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

None that I have run into. For really big databases I have always used Oracle.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

There is plenty of support available on the internet. I have never really needed to use or activate a support contract for MySQL

Technical Support:

There is plenty of support available on the internet. I have never really needed to use or activate a support contract for MySQL.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before using MySQL I used Oracle and Informix for RDBMS.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy as there is usually a version distributed as a part of the Linux distribution.

What about the implementation team?

I have always implemented MySQL through and in house team.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The initial setup cost and maintenance costs are built into the OS costs for all of my implementations and are insignificant.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I usually look at MySQL, PostgreSQL and Oracle.

What other advice do I have?

MySQL is a great RDBMS, but make sure it will integrate with all of the clients you will be using and the rest of your infrastructure. The problems usually have more to do with other products supporting MySQL than MySQL itself.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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