MySQL Pricing and License Cost

Patryk Golabek
CTO/ Software Architect at Translucent Computing Inc
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 incentive for us to change right now. So a lot in the industry have not migrated to version eight yet. Oracle is having difficulty committing people to actually go with that version right now. MySQL has been battle-tested for years and years. So people were comfortable from 5.6 to 5.7. It wasn't just a minor change, it was actually a major change in terms of the databases. Now, once Oracle started managing MySQL, they didn't do a good enough job. That's when MariaDB was invented when they jumped from version five to eight. There wasn't enough confidence in that. Because there's so much time invested in it. Because MySQL is not just MySQL, they give it in a cluster mode, when you have huge databases with lots of master-slave nodes. So it's just not a trigger for a DBA to move to a new version that hasn't been battle-tested like their 5.7. So 5.7 is a good database. That's 1418 right now or something like that. I think that's the one we use in production. So for most DBAs it's difficult for them to change. Also with Google and Amazon, you can choose not to go back for 5.7. It is very easy to create a fully scalable solution with 5.7. So, there's no incentive for people to actually switch. View full review »
Arief Gunawan
Product manager at Metrodata Electronics Tbk PT
In terms of license cost, I think the one that we are selling for MySQL is not a perpetual license like we are selling for the Oracle database. The Oracle database license we are selling is on a perpetual basis. MySQL has that too, but for MySQL we are selling only the support. That means that the subscription we are selling for one year consists of software support for MySQL. That's the difference between Oracle and MySQL. View full review »
Data Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
I am not sure, what the licensing costs are for the solution. From my experience, there is no straightforward cost. You can get that cost from the Oracle website about the Oracle MySQL licensing costs, however, it's not a straightforward price code for everyone. If you are an existing customer, you can negotiate and you can get a better quote. The pricing on the website may be for new customers. That said, you can still negotiate. The same is true for Percona and MariaDB as well. View full review »
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Computer & Information Systems Manager at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
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. View full review »
Ingénieur Etude et Développement / Technical Lead Java at ATOS
It's an open-source database management system that can be used free of charge. View full review »
IT Consultant at Learning Support Services
Pricing depends on the size of your business. For an individual to SME sized business the MySQL solution should be adequate for your needs. Setup costs are minimal. View full review »
COO at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
This product has a good price point. View full review »
CCO at a construction company with 11-50 employees
We use the community edition of the solution. View full review »
Grégory Tabourin
Infrastructure Platform Engineer at a cloud provider with 51-200 employees
The solution doesn't cost anything to use. It's absolutely free. View full review »
Partner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I would suggest testing MariaDB before jumping in. This will give the user the ability to test the DB before using it. It is very easy to set up. MariaDB is free, and licensing is based on GNU. View full review »
Deputy Director General at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There is a licensing cost because we are going for a proprietary product. There are some other versions for which there is no licensing cost. View full review »
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge. View full review »
Deputy Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
I am using the Community Edition, which is available free of charge. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about MySQL. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2021.
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