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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. MySQL offers a simple, no frills, but effective DBMS solution with a very low hardware footprint. Since it has no licensing fees, it offers great TCO for our customers.

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 tools for development on both platforms.

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 to include one engine that offers both very good overall performance... more»
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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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 Sharding (to some extent) which is an advanced feature

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 the best database system out there.
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 for users that would like support and more... 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 developers have experience using it and it is an... 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 on subqueries and can significantly... more»
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 performance bottleneck. With MySQL, the data can be accessed much faster. This allowed us to... 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 that we have done to this point, we are looking at updating our web development environment to... more»
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 getting lots of data inserted quickly.

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, Perl, PHP, C# and C code.

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 statements getting executed on the master database node. That means if a slave... more»
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 create our own tables for testing purposes. In that case, having SQL Server... 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 of the database which were created virtually, which is a very good... 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.
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 worked with LAMP environment, this was the M in it. With open source... 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 about the database.
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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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