MySQL Review

It is open source and AWS provides a managed solution. I would like it to catch up with proprietary technologies.

What is most valuable?

It is open source and AWS provides a managed solution.

How has it helped my organization?

Amazon has come up with Aurora, a MySQL hybrid that has helped us get up to speed without actually thinking about MySQL underlying optimizations.

What needs improvement?

Catching up with proprietary technologies like Oracle and PostgreSQL is the challenge right now.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have used this solution for over four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There have been no stability issues yet.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We code for horizontal scaling and hence the only thing that becomes important is the number of connections. The data can be easily replicated in real time on Amazon replicas themselves. We have a dynamic solution to read data from replicas and not from a master instance. That is how we scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would give technical support a rating of 10/10.

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

We did not use a different solution before.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

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

Keeping something similar to AWS, and as easy as Amazon, will be the best thing for any small business like mine.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did evaluate other solutions, but MySQL stood out because of its ease of use. Perhaps my prior experience has made me be biased towards MySQL.

What other advice do I have?

Until you have expertise in data migrations and what you are doing with data, MySQL can be really easy and dangerous at the same time. MySQL doesn't give you a warning about data truncation if data types don't fully match. Be really careful on that front.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

MySQl community edition from AWS in the form of RDS
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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