What is most valuable?
I couldn't name just one most valuable feature. You can use it under different cases, but most of the time I needed the database as a part of my project. I think, in one moment you will prefer the InnoDB database, so you can store and execute procedures and roll-backs.
How has it helped my organization?
Again, I couldn't name an positive aspect precisely. Maybe, the fact that using MySQL and Java gives it a big portability and, at the same time, short time responses within your product (my case). This could come from the DB side. It also allows for easiness of finding interaction tools with MySQL.
What needs improvement?
None that I can name. At the moment I worked with MySQL, there was nothing I couldn't do with the product.
For how long have I used the solution?
I've been using it for four to five years.
What was my experience with deployment of the solution?
There were no issues with the deployment.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
It's a pretty stable product for what I needed it to do.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
There have been no issues scaling it.
How are customer service and technical support?
Being a community product, you can find solutions all over the internet. It's not a specific support department.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
There was no solution in use previously.
How was the initial setup?
It was quite easy. The product comes with an installer. It can be complicated to configure the MySQL server, but with a little attention, all goes well.
What about the implementation team?
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
What other advice do I have?
It helped me within my projects. For a free product, it works very well and it's easy to use and configure.
Don't try the most sophisticated products, that have big names, and cost a ton. Just try this product if you need something cheap and reliable. I don't think it will disappoint, at least not in my case.
Which version of this solution are you currently using?
4.x and 5.0