MySQL Pros and Cons

MySQL Pros

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Patryk Golabek
CTO at Translucent Computing Inc
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.
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Arief Gunawan
Product manager at Metrodata Electronics Tbk PT
The one interesting thing about this product is that it is open source. It comes from an open source product. MySQL has been positioned as open source, but it also provides support.
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NareshMote
Data Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
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.
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GG
reviewer1432350
Computer & Information Systems Manager at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
I like the simplistic view of MySQL to build custom queries and things like that as compared to SQL Server, which seems more cluttered. SQL Server has a query analyzer. MySQL pretty much does the same, and performance-wise, it has less overhead for connecting to our ERP system. It seems more responsive and cleaner. With MySQL, you get what you need without any overbloating, for which Microsoft is known. That's why they have so many constant security patches for everything because there is so much stuff, which degrades performance.
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ND
reviewer1456815
Specialist Geosciences Data Consultant at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
It is pretty simple to use and I don't have anything really bad to say about it.
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LeonMofor
Ingénieur Etude et Développement / Technical Lead Java at ATOS
The most valuable features are that it's free and the documentation is good.
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goforitandy
IT Consultant at Learning Support Services
Like other databases, it has a rich set of functions, such as stored procedures and its own procedural language, which is akin to Oracle SQL. It also has trigger and cursor commands you would expect with a good database language.
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RS
reviewer1252344
COO at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
What I've been most pleased with is the cost point, performance, and ease of use.
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KH
reviewer1392543
Database Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution has been very easy to scale so far.
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JM
reviewer830019
CCO at a construction company with 11-50 employees
The solution is very simple. It's easy to use. That's the most important feature.
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MySQL Cons

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Patryk Golabek
CTO at Translucent Computing Inc
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.
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Arief Gunawan
Product manager at Metrodata Electronics Tbk PT
If the customer is already using or has already used Oracle for a long time they will know the look and feel and the character of this database that can fit into their business.
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NareshMote
Data Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
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.
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GG
reviewer1432350
Computer & Information Systems Manager at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
The GUI interface probably can be improved. Let us say I want to see the relationships in the database. In the query analyzer, I would like to go and drop the tables and create relationships between the tables. I haven't found a feature like that in MySQL. It was a shortcoming even in SQL Server. MySQL can have more performance monitoring tools. I know Google has these tools, but within MySQL, there are not that many tools to monitor things like performance and database locking. They might be in there, and I might not be familiar enough to know where they are. I am a pretty new user of MySQL.
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ND
reviewer1456815
Specialist Geosciences Data Consultant at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
I would like to have the ability to cancel a query in SQL Developer.
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LeonMofor
Ingénieur Etude et Développement / Technical Lead Java at ATOS
In the next release, I would like to see the scalability features improved to allow you to configure it and reduce the complexity with the configuration, making it easier for the end-user to scale. Make it as simple as it can be.
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goforitandy
IT Consultant at Learning Support Services
MySQL tutorials and guides could be improved. Often they are too complex for someone with no database experience to understand.
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RS
reviewer1252344
COO at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
The analytics features are in need of improvement.
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KH
reviewer1392543
Database Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The backup methods need improvement.
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JM
reviewer830019
CCO at a construction company with 11-50 employees
The replication needs improvement. It's becoming a native cloud product like Oracle DB or Cockroach DB.
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Learn what your peers think about MySQL. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: May 2021.
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