MemSQL Overview

MemSQL is the #10 ranked solution of our top Relational Databases. It's rated 5.0 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to CockroachDB: MemSQL vs CockroachDB

What is MemSQL?

MemSQL is The No Limits Database™, powering modern applications and analytical systems with a cloud-native, massively scalable architecture for maximum ingest and query performance with the highest concurrency. MemSQL envisions a world where every business can make decisions in real time and every experience is optimized through data. Global enterprises use the MemSQL distributed database to easily ingest, process, analyze, and act on data in order to thrive in today’s insight-driven economy. MemSQL is optimized to run on any public cloud or on-premises with commodity hardware. To learn more, visit our Product page - To use MemSQL, get started with a free trial -

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in Seattle, WA and Portland OR, MemSQL has raised $110M from top investors including GV, Accel Partners, and Khosla Ventures, among others. MemSQL is trusted by customers including Uber, Akamai, Dell EMC, Samsung, Comcast, Kellogg, and more.

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MemSQL Buyer's Guide

Download the MemSQL Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: November 2020

MemSQL Customers

Uber, Akamai, Dell EMC, Samsung, Comcast, Kellogg

MemSQL Reviews

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Data Sleek
Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
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Oct 23, 2020
MySQL Big Brother with built-in data pipeline, high concurrency, and blazing fast analytical queries

What is our primary use case?

When I was working at Wag, MySQL had trouble scaling. We were using an M4-10X RDS instance and three replicas. These machines are expensive and with the growth that the company was experiencing, it was clear we would not be able to scale properly. There were heavy writes done against MySQL that should not have been there; an event table for example. This table was close to 900M rows, taking more than 300GB. I decided to migrate this table to MemSQL, freeing up both lots of space and write resources on MySQL. After the event table was migrated to MemSQL, using the MemSQL built-in S3 pipeline… more »

Pros and Cons

  • MemSQL supports the MySQL protocol, and many functions are similar, so the learning curve is very short.
  • There should be more pipelines available because I think that if MemSQL can connect to other services, that would be great.

Cost and Licensing Advice

  • I would advise users to try the free 128GB version.

What other advice do I have?

I discovered this product at Strata Data in 2012 and followed the product evolution. I've tested many versions and recommended them to companies I've worked with. MemSQL provides excellent documentation and they upgrade the product frequently. Their cloud solution offering, MemSQL Helios, allows you to create a cluster with a few clicks. MemSQL is a very powerful database. There are a lot of solutions out there including ClickHouse, Aurora, and PostgreSQL, but none of them provide the rich features that MemSQL has. The pipeline by itself is awesome. I can write an SQL statement to create a…