Is MySQL good enough for you?

By Mainak Biswas August 30, 2006 - 1,362 views

MySQL has become the ideal choice of database for projects within new companies or new projects within existing companies. Most of these companies are choosing LAMP architecture for multitude of advantages that it offers.

The main criteria for choosing a database comes down to four factor namely: Reliability, Performance, Scalablity and Ease of deployment and maintenance.

A lot of times I hear people asking this question : “Based on my requirements , do you think MySQL is good enough for me?“. Thus, I thought maybe it will be a good idea to find out some instances where MySQL is being used and then let the clients do the comparison themselves.

Here are a few places where MySQL is being used:

  1. YouTube
  2. Craigslist
  3. Flickr
  4. Habbo Hotel
  5. LiveJournal
  6. Technorati
  7. Second Life
  8. Trulia
  9. FeedBurner
  10. Right Now
  11. Google (for AdSense and AdWords)
  12. Wikipedia
  13. Travelocity

Some other places where MySQL was used:

  1. Earth Unit of NASA’s Mars Rover used MySQL
  2. Special effects of The Lord of the Rings
  3. HotorNot

Some mission critical deployments:

  1. Google and Yahoo run mission critical applications on MySQL
  2. Nokia’s and Alcatel’s mobile phone networks
  3. Emergency systems during the tsunami in South East Asia
  4. During Hurricane Katrina

So, let me ask that again – “Is MySQL good enough for you?”


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