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"This is a lightweight product that is not demanding on the resources, which is what I think gives it the edge.""This product is a good teaching tool for students who want to learn about networked databases.""I am totally satisfied with MySQL.""The one interesting thing about this product is that it is open source. It comes from an open source product. MySQL has been positioned as open source, but it also provides support.""It has a lot of features. The RDBMS, consistency, and multi-user features are valuable.""When comparing MySQL to other solutions it is easier to use and boots up faster. Additionally, when you want to query a lot of data, MySQL is better in performance.""The initial setup for the SQL database is not complex and it even integrates into the platform. You set up the recipe and then just follow the runbook, the build book. Then it works as long as you follow the procedures.""One of the best features is this solution is easy to use."

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"They continue to improve and are always introducing new features.""The solution is very stable.""The scalability is quite good.""This solution is very reliable. The performance is great.""It's a secure market leader.""I am not an IT person. I am an end-user of this solution, and based on my experience, it is comfortable to work with. Everything is okay, and the data is timely available. It can also be easily integrated.""It is one of the most reliable database systems.""What I like most is the real application security."

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"In terms of what I'd like to see in the next release, one thing that's always missing is dash boarding. There's no real BI tool for MySQL, like there is in Yellowfin and all the different tools that you get. They all have MySQL connectors, but there's no specific BI tool for MySQL. These open source projects have sprung up, but they're more general purpose.""Oracle should start putting in some of the enterprise features in the standard feature. There are some key features that should be part of the standard.""The product is a little bit complex and it is difficult to find sufficient documentation.""From a user perspective, the initial setup could be simplified a bit.""If the customer is already using or has already used Oracle for a long time they will know the look and feel and the character of this database that can fit into their business.""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 like that in MySQL. It was a shortcoming even in SQL Server. MySQL can have more performance monitoring tools. I know Google has these tools, but within MySQL, there are not that many tools to monitor things like performance and database locking. They might be in there, and I might not be familiar enough to know where they are. I am a pretty new user of MySQL.""On the database side, it should be really lightweight, and the data structure should be like MongoDB.""As an open-source product, there isn't really any technical support available if you get into trouble or have issues."

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"More integration, in my opinion, would be beneficial.""The solution is not easy to use and maintain.""Their support and price could both be improved.""The pricing could be better.""The monitoring system is not very user friendly and could include a graphic interface.""It should have flexible licensing across different platforms. It has got different licensing models for Intel Power and SPARC servers.""The connection can be slow due to the distance from the provider.""We don't really find that any features are lacking."

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  • "I am using the Community Edition, which is available free of charge."
  • "This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge."
  • "It's an open-source database management system that can be used free of charge."
  • "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 350,000. To get the equivalent in the cloud, it was going to be about four grand to get the same processing power and everything else. With MySQL, it was going to be about 300 for the same licensing. Cost-wise, for sure, there is a huge difference. Would you prefer to pay 300 a month or 3,000 to have the same amount of data resources? You might lose a few options that you need, but it isn't worth the price difference."
  • "This product has a good price point."
  • "There is a licensing cost because we are going for a proprietary product. There are some other versions for which there is no licensing cost."
  • "It has a community version."
  • "It is open-source."
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  • "Our licensing costs are between $40,000 and $50,000 per year. Those are the costs that cover maintenance and licensing."
  • "The pricing is something that Oracle should work on to make the product more affordable, especially to businesses in third-world countries."
  • "It is very expensive. We pay in dollars, so the inflation and conversion cost is also there for us. They charge on a yearly basis for the license."
  • "Its price is already low. Oracle has a competitive and cheaper price as compared to others. Oracle Cloud is cheaper than other clouds. The pricing is very competitive for Oracle Cloud to be in the market. Their pricing makes customers interested in using this product even though Oracle doesn't have a local data center at this moment."
  • "They are pricing themselves out of the market."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "It's expensive. I would say that it is more expensive than other competing products."
  • "It's not cheap, but sometimes, you get what you pay for."
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    Questions from the Community
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    One of the most valuable features is MySQL's ability to run our email system. We use a system called Colab.
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    We are using the free version of MySQL. We prefer paying for a yearly license.
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    MySQL could be improved by adding more automation. There are no additional features I would like to see that I can think of at the moment.
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    DB2 versus Oracle: - Table structure is different - Data structures - there are some differences including the data type, format and length.
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    It is a mature product. It is pretty stable. I've got a lot of experience with it, so it is pretty easy to use.
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    We pay for a yearly licensing subscription. Funds permitting, we have plans to increase usage for Oracle Database in the new year.
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    Overview

    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.

    Oracle Database 12c introduces a new multitenant architecture that makes it easy to consolidate many databases quickly and manage them as a cloud service. Oracle Database 12c also includes in-memory data processing capabilities for breakthrough analytical performance. Additional database innovations deliver new levels of efficiency, performance, security, and availability. Oracle Database 12c comes in two editions to fit your business needs and budget: Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition 2.

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    MySQL is ranked 3rd in Relational Databases with 55 reviews while Oracle Database is ranked 2nd in Relational Databases with 120 reviews. MySQL is rated 8.0, while Oracle Database is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of MySQL writes "Good beginner base but it should have better support for backups". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle Database writes "Gets the job done, doesn't fail, and suitable for massively scalable applications". MySQL is most compared with Firebird SQL, SAP HANA, IBM Db2 Database, Teradata and Oracle Java DB, whereas Oracle Database is most compared with SAP HANA, IBM Db2 Database, SQL Server, MariaDB and Teradata. See our MySQL vs. Oracle Database report.

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