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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 effective DBMS solution with a very low hardware… 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 Windows and Linux, we can leverage the knowledge of these… more»

What needs improvement?

Only one of the engines, InnoDB, supports ACID transaction control. The best performance engine, MyISAM, has no transactional control support. It would make a lot of sense… 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 case, as long as you use these tools for… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

For Windows development of non-critical solutions, we previously used SQL Server Express exclusively. However, now we use either SQL Server Express or MySQL, depending on… 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 these kinds of solutions, so it makes a lot of sense… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other solutions, mainly PostGreSQL, which is also a very good product. We run a benchmark comparison first, then we run a small lab with the development of… 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 configuration.…
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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 features like clustering, master-slave replication, even… 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 systems without incurring significant licensing costs.

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if there were a graphical user interface to administer, configure, and tune it. If it had something similar to Microsoft’s DTS engine then it would be… 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 support depending on where you’re based, but there… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I’ve used SQL Server and Oracle for database systems. SQL Server is an excellent solution, in particular the DTS (Data Transformation System) which is not available for… 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 can’t go very wrong with MySQL, as it is a very mature… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I’d been using other database systems like Microsoft’s SQL Server and Oracle Database before trying out MySQL. There are forks of MySQL maintained outside of Oracle, like… 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 expert. However, MySQL also offers the enterprise edition… 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 database of your choice. MySQL is easy to use, most… 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 check constraints. MySQL’s performance is not optimal… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 Source. We haven’t had any major issues, and since we have… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When we started using MySQL, it was more or less the best Open Source RDBMS for web projects. Today, you have multiple options, such as PostgreSQL, SQLite and MariaDB, therefore the choice for a… more»
ctsanders
Reseller
Partner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 06 2019

What is most valuable?

* Its ease of use * It's secure. * It's fast. * It has high-end processing. * It can distribute across clouds. * It has the ability to run on any operating system.

How has it helped my organization?

Yes, MySQL has improved numerous processes; it has given us the ability to create applications without absorbing major costs.

What needs improvement?

* I think a better front end would be a better solution (web application front end, similar to what Red Hat is doing to Fedora). * Another nice solution for MySQL… more»

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

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We use various versions, but most of the time this is based on the client's requirements.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest running tests against MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and MS SQL to determine which one best suits your needs (cost, development, and integration… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

N/A.
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 and SQL databases and found it to be faster for… more»

How has it helped my organization?

MySQL is widely supported. We were able to integrate it with several different projects using various different programming languages with no issues. Worked with Java… more»

What needs improvement?

The weakest link is replication. MySQL’s replication is touchy and doesn’t support master-to-master setups. MySQL’s replication was implemented by playing back SQL… 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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 hurdles. Handling booleans data type is less efficient… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Looked at Microsoft SQL Server and PostgreSQL.
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 modification language, as well. In some cases, we have to… 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. Now we use something where we can share the instances… 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 interesting to see.

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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I've used a lot of different solutions. MySQL is one of the top among them. Usability and scalability are some of the reasons we went with MySQL.

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 developing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There were many options.
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 and use * Ease of use with PHP, Python, and Java

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 de facto DB for web development with PHP. If you… 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. Some of these web developers only know some things… 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 community). Oracle promised to keep it open sourced, but… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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

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 DB, so if you want a truly Relational Database for an… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated MS Access, SQLite, PostgreSQL, FireBird, and Oracle.
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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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