MySQL Reviews

MySQL is the #1 ranked solution of our top Open Source Databases tools. It's rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Oracle Database - MySQL vs Oracle Database

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Patryk Golabek
Real User
CTO/ Software Architect at Translucent Computing Inc
Aug 05 2020

What is most valuable?

I treat these products kind of as a throwaway versus what a DBA would be. From an organizational point of view, it's difficult to actually define the most valuable features because we have so many different databases. For some of them, Postgres for example, which uses MySQL, is just personal… more »

What needs improvement?

As for what can be improved, right now we don't use the MySQL cluster. There is a MySQL cluster that you can run in a standalone mode, like a single database or you can do it in a cluster master-slave implementation. The cluster is not the best when it comes to MySQL. That's why we switched to… more »

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

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I would tell others is regarding the backups. Once you start doing it yourself, backing up becomes a thing. When we sign up the clients, we'll give them a set amount of backups daily and we always give them a little verbiage about how much data can be lost if the thing goes down… more »
NareshMote
Real User
Database Engineer at L Brands, Inc.
Jun 30 2020

What is most valuable?

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. The solution is also compatible with a lot of other… more »

What needs improvement?

The developers of MySQL, which are Oracle MySQL, Percona, and MariaDB, seem to not be focusing much on object-oriented replication. Basically, replication is based on a text level of replication. There is a text level replication in Oracle, that is so similar it can be implemented in MySQL, however… more »

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

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

We are using MySQL 5.6, 5.7, and MySQL 8.0. In terms of advice, I'd say when implementing MySQL, if a company has been using any previous relational database, like Oracle, Microsoft SQL or DB2, the easiest way to migrate from any database is from Oracle to MySQL. There'll be some challenges from… more »
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Real User
Computer & Information Systems Manager at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
Oct 20 2020

What is most valuable?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

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… more »

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

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… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The ERP company that we work with is moving away from SQL to MySQL. From my understanding, it is because of the cost. MySQL is also more streamlined and gives them what they need. Even though I am a SQL Server person, MySQL has come a long… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you want just a database for data storage, I would recommend MySQL. If you want something that has everything in it, such as reporting services and analytics, SQL Server might be better. Cost-wise, MySQL is almost pricing itself out. I… more »
LeonMofor
Real User
Ingénieur Etude et Développement / Technical Lead Java at ATOS
Oct 12 2020

What is most valuable?

Mysql is free : it's an open source project, so you can use it with no cost. Mysql is well documented, and has a big community. MySQL adheres to the current SQL standard, although with significant restrictions and a large number of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's free. I'm in a big organization, with more than 100,000 employees. If you have to buy a database management system for every project, it would be very expensive. Considering the cost-free option, you can use it for POCs,(proof of… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a feature added to be able to handle high availability, which would allow us to scale the database or the system on many platforms. Scalability has to be improved, as you have only one instance of the application, or… more »

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

It's an open-source database management system that can be used free of charge.

What other advice do I have?

I am not using the user interface because I'm a developer. Generally, I just try to find how to use the command-line interface to access what I want for the system. Oracle is still the best, but it's too expensive. Before purchasing this… more »
Real User
CCO at a construction company with 11-50 employees
Feb 10 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution is very simple. It's easy to use. That's the most important feature. We do have it supported by various programs we run with it.

What needs improvement?

The replication needs improvement. It's becoming a native cloud product like Oracle DB or Cockroach DB.

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

We use the community edition of the solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This is the first solution we've used. We don't use any other product. It's very popular with the in-house program, as we advised them to stick with this application.

What other advice do I have?

The most important thing other potential users need to do is to look at the use cases for this application and to evaluate how it's able to handle heavy loads, etc. Users should evaluate how it… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't evaluate anything before choosing this solution. However, there are a few new products coming up that are growing in popularity and we will need to research them. Products like the Cockroach… more »
Grégory Tabourin
Real User
Infrastructure Platform Engineer at a cloud provider with 51-200 employees
Feb 13 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution is free to use, which is its most valuable aspect. The interface is quite good. The stability and scalability are very good. Overall, it's an excellent solution. We don't have to implement anything else.

What needs improvement?

We haven't noticed and features that are lacking. From a user perspective, the initial setup could be simplified a bit.

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

The solution doesn't cost anything to use. It's absolutely free.

What other advice do I have?

We are IT services provider, and provide this solution to our customers. It's typically installed on a dedicated server. When we are working with it, we are doing SQL queries, and on top of that, we are using MySQL to do some reporting as well. It does what we want it to do and our clients are also… 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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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?

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Real User
Business Intelligence Manager at a translation and localization position with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 23 2020

What needs improvement?

What it would compare it to, from my point of view would be, Microsoft SQL Studio. I find the Microsoft solution a bit better. But mostly in terms of the UI layout, I would say. I just find it a little bit more efficient. But to be honest, I can work equally as well with both.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate MySQL a seven out of ten. To make it a perfect ten, they should improve the UI. It's got quite a narrow range, and there's a lot more obvious to the database side than what I deal with. The UI is not quite as sharp I would say as the Microsoft solution. In some cases, I find that there are better shortcuts available in Microsoft solutions. If I was choosing, I would probably lean towards Microsoft. That may be just a purely personal preference. My use of MySQL has primarily been from a data integration point of view, a data architecture point of view, and reviewing the database… 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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