How MySQL Has Been Able to Maintain Its Popularity Over the Years

i8A number of recent studies have revealed that most enterprise customers nowadays prefer open source databases over commercial databases. Based on their requirements, the enterprises also have option to choose from a number of open source relational database management systems (RDBMS) including MySQL, MangoDB, Cassandra, Redis and PostgreSQL.

But the usage statistics posted on various websites indicate that MySQL is more popular than other open-source and proprietary relational database management systems. Despite being an open source relational database management system, MySQL is currently owned by Oracle Corporation. The enterprise customers also have options to use several paid editions of MySQL to avail additional features and functionality.

Why Many Enterprise Customers Prefer MySQL to Other Databases?

Easy to Use

Many users find it easier to install, implement and use MySQL than other RDBMS. The developers can easily install MySQL without dealing with complex configurations. At the same time, they can use a number of third-party tools to implement the database according to their requirements. Each programmer familiar with Structured Query Language (SQL) can further use the database without any hassle.

Reduces Project Overheads

As noted earlier, Oracle Corporation currently owns MySQL. But the company has not converted the software licensed. Now MySQL includes both open-source and closed-source modules. Each business can further use the database for both commercial and non-commercial purpose. But it has to pay certain fees to use the RDBMS for non-commercial purposes.

Runs on Major Operating Systems

MySQL currently supports several widely used operating systems including Windows, Linux and UNIX. So it can be used by developers for creating a variety of applications by targeting major operating systems. The users also have option to use the database in client/server networked environment or use it when there is no network by embedding it into standalone applications.

A Part of LAMP Stack

MySQL is also a part of LAMP stack along with Linux, Apache Web Server and PHP/Perl/Python. The open source enterprise stack makes MySQL an integral part of web application development. The RDBMS further comes with features to facilitate development of web applications and simplify web publishing.

Keeps Sensitive Data Secure

MySQL is further designed with a solid data security layer. The data security layer protects valuable business data and sensitive customer information from targeted malware attacks and hackers. At the same time, the database makes it easier for developers to create secure application by encrypting all passwords and restricting data access by setting privileges for individual users. Any studies have further proved that MySQL prevents memory leaks effectively.

Fast and Scalable

At present, MySQL lacks some of features provided by other commercial database systems. But it still provides all features and functionality commonly used by programmers. The lesser number of features make MySQL faster and more lightweight than other databases. However, the software is still scalable enough to handle large volumes of data. It can effectively handle up to 50 million rows and 8 TB of data.

Facilitates Internationalization

While developing modern web applications, developers have to keep in mind the users living in various regions and speaking different languages. They also need to optimize the backend and frontend of the website for international users. MySQL helps developers to create applications by targeting international users by supporting different character sets. It further allow developers to change the server time according to the user’s time zone, and display error message to each user in his native language.

Available in Many Versions

The enterprises also have option to choose from several open-source and licensed editions for MySQL. They can use MySQL as an open source RDBMS under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Likewise, they can also obtain a commercial license from Oracle Corporation by paying the required fees. At the same time, the enterprises also have option to use Drizzle, MariaDB, Percona Server with XtraDB, and other offshoots of the popular RDBMS.