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Gaston Nusimovich
Real User
Software Architect at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Dec 19 2017

What is most valuable?

We design web solutions for customers with PHP (Linux) and ASP.NET MVC (Windows). MySQL offers a simple, no frills, but... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We do software development for our customers on both Windows and Linux. Since these tools are available for both... more»

What needs improvement?

Only one of the engines, InnoDB, supports ACID transaction control. The best performance engine, MyISAM, has no... more»

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

With no licensing fees, the business opportunity is great for both the customer and an ISV like my company. This is the... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

For Windows development of non-critical solutions, we previously used SQL Server Express exclusively. However, now we... more»

What other advice do I have?

Most small and medium enterprises require many non-critical solutions. They clearly they do not have large budgets for... more»
Deivid Z. Baotić
Real User
ERP System Analyst at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 03 2018

What do you think of MySQL?

We could write books about MySQL and every book could have a different focus: setup, optimization, backup, etc. So, this review will be about sharing some of the experiences that I have had. So, MySQL is probably the most used RDBMS for web applications. The server is really easy to install, literally a straightforward installation. It is very fast and stable and at the same time not resource hungry compared to some other RDBMS products. For smaller projects, you will not even need to do any "after install" tweaks or configurations, just install and you are ready to go. Nevertheless, for some more demanding projects, you will need to investigate and optimize your setup to fit the requirements. What is the best configuration for a MySQL server? There is no single best...
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Muhammad Nurazhan Moin
Real User
Senior Web Manager at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 04 2018

What is most valuable?

* Open-source * Multi-platform * Lightweight * Simple to set up, configure and tune * Support for enterprise-grade... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Due to the open source licensing model, it has allowed small businesses like ours to adopt enterprise-grade database... more»

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if there were a graphical user interface to administer, configure, and tune it. If it had something... more»

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

MySQL Enterprise Support is not cheap, though might still be cheaper than Oracle or SQL Server. They may not have local... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I’ve used SQL Server and Oracle for database systems. SQL Server is an excellent solution, in particular the DTS (Data... more»

What other advice do I have?

As long as your application supports it well, and you are familiar with the scaling options and its limitations, you... more»
Ioannis Syrigos
Consultant
IT Consultant, Business Owner, Lecturer at a tech consulting company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 31 2017

What is most valuable?

MySQL is an Open Source RDBMS, which means you keep your costs low, as long as you don’t need to have support and/or you have your own MySQL... more»

How has it helped my organization?

For any web project today you are going to need a database system. If you use any Content Management System, MySQL is most of the times the... more»

What needs improvement?

Although MySQL should cover most of the needs of an average user, there are constrains that need improvement. For example, MySQL doesn’t support... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

MySQL has been the only solution for all of our web projects.

What other advice do I have?

For us, MySQL is the choice for all of our projects. It is simply to use, supported by all content management systems and, of course, Open... more»
it_user242553
Real User
Academic application support at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 12 2017

What is most valuable?

Speed and stability of the MySQL DB are the most valuable features since we use it as the data store for most of our web applications.

How has it helped my organization?

Before we used MySQL, we used to access the data used for the dynamic web pages directly from our enterprise data stores and that was a massive... more»

What needs improvement?

From where we are, most of the improvements are being handled. With the new improvements that were introduced in MySQL 5.7 and with the testing... more»

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

The enterprise version has a number of extra components that makes it worth the price, but if all you want is a stable DB for web applications,... more»

What other advice do I have?

Ensure you know what you want to use it for and make sure it is the right fit for the job. Do not allow developers to tell you what your DB... more»
Lucas Holt
Real User
Senior Application Programmer/Analyst, Team Lead at a university with 10,001+ employees
Dec 12 2017

What is most valuable?

MySQL’s strength is in its fast connection, query and insert performance. I’ve benchmarked MySQL against several NoSQL... more»

How has it helped my organization?

MySQL is widely supported. We were able to integrate it with several different projects using various different... more»

What needs improvement?

The weakest link is replication. MySQL’s replication is touchy and doesn’t support master-to-master setups. MySQL’s... more»

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

There are tuning and monitoring benefits for people who purchase MySQL rather than using the free version.

Which solutions did we use previously?

MySQL has replaced Microsoft SQL Server in several cases. MySQL is easier to manage and much more cost-effective.

What other advice do I have?

The porting code to or from MySQL is not that complicated, but the date type/format and functions are the biggest... more»
it_user208659
Real User
QA Lead at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The most important features would be querying, the query language where you have the data definition or data... more»

How has it helped my organization?

To give you an example, initially we didn't have a database server as such, and we had to make use of some database.... more»

What needs improvement?

I feel that some tools which make it easier to create queries or make it easier for other functions would be really... more»

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

I'm not sure about pricing, I don't deal with the pricing. It's an organization decision.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I've used a lot of different solutions. MySQL is one of the top among them. Usability and scalability are some of the... more»

What other advice do I have?

No one tool fits the bill for every company. Do a feasibility study, and get to know what is can do before going in and... more»
Sam Varadarajan
Consultant
Powerbuilder Consultant at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

* Relational database (Although it's not 100% compliant with Standard SQL) * Performance * Open Source * Ease of setup... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Using MySQL helps to keep the costs down. With immense material available on the web, training is easy too. This is the... more»

What needs improvement?

The simplicity of the product lets people abuse it. I've seen so many people create tables and add indices in PHP code.... more»

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

This started as Open Source project under Sun. With Oracle acquiring Sun, MySQL is now owned by Oracle (not the... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We did not use a different solution for the applications that use MySQL. I mostly use Oracle for larger, enterprise... more»

What other advice do I have?

This is a relational database tool for small to medium sized applications. However, this didn't start as a Relational... more»
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What is MySQL?

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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