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Find out what your peers are saying about MariaDB vs. MySQL and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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"The solution is very stable. It was originally built under MySQL. It has a similar level of stability.""This solution is user-friendly.""The most valuable feature of MariaDB is the replication mode.""I would say that for most use cases it works fine.""The performance is very good.""MariaDB can solve things better than MySQL. Maria DB has better performance than MySQL.""From the user's perspective, the performance of the columnar queries is very good in terms of the database when comparing it to the Oracle, and MySQL.""What I like best about MariaDB is that it is open-source and reliable."

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"The solution is very simple. It's easy to use. That's the most important feature.""The solution is free to use, which is its most valuable aspect.""The initial setup was pretty straightforward. I would have worked with our IT team in terms of the initial setup.""Apart from the features that are in the enterprise part, we find the database to be valuable. The connectors and the backup features are valuable as well. We use the basic database. We don't really use the extra features. Our clients like the security features in the database.""MySQL is open-source. There are a lot of open-source communities trying to come up with their own patches, and to come up with their own features, which help MySQL develop faster than traditional databases like Oracle, which is closed source.""This specific version of this MySQL has been battle tested for a long time. Any issues are known issues and we pretty much don't have any problems when they're in production. So it's very stable.""This product is a good teaching tool for students who want to learn about networked databases.""This is a lightweight product that is not demanding on the resources, which is what I think gives it the edge."

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"The interface should be more user-friendly. It should be able to connect directly to the database and Interact with it without having to use commands. It needs better integration.""In the next release, I would like to see improvements in the scalability and redundancy features.""Maria DB has to improve from a management perspective.""It's not very stable. It needs improvement.""It would be helpful if I could specify multiple drives for the database storage.""I would like to see more compatibility going forward. This would help if there is a need to change databases.""The scaling for database online transactions needs improvement.""Master-master replication is something that needs to be simplified."

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"The replication needs improvement. It's becoming a native cloud product like Oracle DB or Cockroach DB.""From a user perspective, the initial setup could be simplified a bit.""I find the Microsoft solution a bit better. But mostly in terms of the UI layout, I would say. I just find it a little bit more efficient.""Oracle should start putting in some of the enterprise features in the standard feature. There are some key features that should be part of the standard.""They should come up with a better solution than the NDB cluster for better scaling. If they could come up with a better solution for write scaling, apart from the NDB cluster, which is supported by all open source communities, that would be great. Although the NDB cluster, I believe, is an open-source tool, it's not widely supported as a solution.""In terms of what I'd like to see in the next release, one thing that's always missing is dash boarding. There's no real BI tool for MySQL, like there is in Yellowfin and all the different tools that you get. They all have MySQL connectors, but there's no specific BI tool for MySQL. These open source projects have sprung up, but they're more general purpose.""The documentation is pretty weak and should be improved.""The product is a little bit complex and it is difficult to find sufficient documentation."

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"The price of this solution represents a very good compromise between the cost and what it offers.""It's an open-source solution.""The licensing cost is approximately $4000.00 per year and the licensing is based on the software and the number of posts that you make.""I used the open-source version, which is available free of charge.""This is an open-source product, which can be used free of charge."

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"I am using the Community Edition, which is available free of charge.""This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge.""It's an open-source database management system that can be used free of charge.""Microsoft licensing for SQL Server is probably ten times more expensive. I used to work for the government, and I remember when we were looking into upgrading to the enterprise version of SQL Server 2019, the licensing was going to cost 350,000. To get the equivalent in the cloud, it was going to be about four grand to get the same processing power and everything else. With MySQL, it was going to be about 300 for the same licensing. Cost-wise, for sure, there is a huge difference. Would you prefer to pay 300 a month or 3,000 to have the same amount of data resources? You might lose a few options that you need, but it isn't worth the price difference.""This product has a good price point."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: MariaDB can solve things better than MySQL. Maria DB has better performance than MySQL.
Top Answer: I would like to see more compatibility going forward. This would help if there is a need to change databases. E.g., if I change from MySQL 5.7 to another database, then MySQL could be the master… more »
Top Answer: The initial setup was pretty straightforward. I would have worked with our IT team in terms of the initial setup.
Top Answer: So we jumped from version 5.6 to 5.7. That's not the latest version. The latest version is 5.8. We didn't move to eight for the simple reason that there's lots of code-based on 5.7 and there's no… more »
Top Answer: What it would compare it to, from my point of view would be, Microsoft SQL Studio. I find the Microsoft solution a bit better. But mostly in terms of the UI layout, I would say. I just find it a… more »
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MariaDB Server is the fastest growing open source database. With its open-source innovation and enterprise-grade reliability, MariaDB Server is a modern database trusted by everyone from highly regulated industries to cutting-edge web-scale companies. MariaDB Server is available through all leading Linux distributions, and is the default database in openSUSE, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) / CentOS / Fedora, Arch Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Debian, reaching more than 60 million developers worldwide. As one of the most broadly adopted and widely deployed around the world, MariaDB Server receives contributions from companies like Alibaba, Facebook and Google — benefiting the entire community.

Until its recent acquisition by Oracle, MySQL was possibly the most renowned open source database enterprise package that could be accessed completely for free. With the merger, the server increased both its features and its price tag, but there is still a free version available to the general community to contribute ideas and suggestions.

MySQL is a fast and relatively inexpensive database management system. It can easily integrate with a wide variety of programming languages, and it is considered to be a very reliable option. One of the most prominent features that customers seem to enjoy is the easy scalability of this system.

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Manufacturing Company43%
Financial Services Firm14%
K 12 Educational Company Or School14%
Insurance Company14%
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Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company23%
Financial Services Firm7%
K 12 Educational Company Or School5%
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University17%
Non Tech Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
Computer Software Company9%
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Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider25%
K 12 Educational Company Or School7%
Retailer7%
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise46%
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Large Enterprise34%
Find out what your peers are saying about MariaDB vs. MySQL and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
447,718 professionals have used our research since 2012.
MariaDB is ranked 2nd in Open Source Databases with 11 reviews while MySQL is ranked 1st in Open Source Databases with 17 reviews. MariaDB is rated 8.2, while MySQL is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of MariaDB writes "Works very well, easy to set up, and scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MySQL writes "Good beginner base but it should have better support for backups". MariaDB is most compared with SQL Server, PostgreSQL, CockroachDB, Percona Server and SQLite, whereas MySQL is most compared with Oracle Database, Firebird SQL, CockroachDB, IBM Db2 Database and SAP HANA. See our MariaDB vs. MySQL report.

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