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"The deployment process is pretty fast.""The feature that I have found most valuable is its ubiquity. MySQL is everywhere, so if I need to find a developer to do things to it that I don't know, it's very easy to find someone who has expertise in it.""Table partitioning is most valuable. It is easy to use.""However, it is easy to scale MySQL using the functions provided with the product.""I like the JSON stuff.""A good traditional database that supports JSON.""It's a good tool, a good database platform.""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."

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"It's very reliable.""The solution is extremely stable.""The solution has great security.""A really large and very useful language to process data.""I have been satisfied with the technical support from Oracle.""The performance of the solution is impeccable.""The solution is scalable.""The most valuable feature is that it is a complete product with all of the functionality that you need, and there is no need for any special features."

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"It can have better monitoring. In addition, the enterprise manager should be able to cater to more than one virtual machine. Currently, you need one license per server. It seems a bit too much to get one license for one enterprise manager. I hope the enterprise manager for MySQL can accommodate more virtual machines for MySQL.""When it comes to supporting big data, there is space to improve upon the database engines that are supported by MySQL.""The backup methods need improvement.""The availability of tools could be improved in the MySQL open-source platform. They can provide more analytical tools. I haven't had any particularly difficult issues to troubleshoot on MySQL, but in the past, on Microsoft SQL Server, I had to troubleshoot some difficult issues, and better tools were in place to see what was going on in real-time on the server. So, that's the bit that is lacking on the MySQL open-source platform.""On the database side, it should be really lightweight, and the data structure should be like MongoDB.""Sometimes, not because the version is not the latest version, there are some issues with it. Sometimes there's an issue with the server which creates issues with it.""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.""I would like to have the ability to cancel a query in SQL Developer."

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"Oracle is a costly product, and it requires a lot of resources.""Since the solution is from Oracle it tends to be complex when trying to integrate with other solutions.""There are plenty of options and features in this solution, but they are, somehow, not being used very well. Therefore, training and support should be increased and improved for this solution. They can make people aware of how to make proper use of their server so that people can optimize it because its cost is just too much. They can provide training on the policies and procedures to be used for archiving and all such things. There should be some kind of segregation in licensing. With a full license, all options should be available. There should also be a basic license with limited functionalities. This kind of basic license would be useful for us because we don't use most of the functionalities.""The main thing we find could use improvement is the licensing costs. It is quite expensive relative to other database vendors. Cost always comes up as an issue for us as we consider upgrade paths. It's not as easy as we would like it to be.""There are good dashboards and other features, but it was previously included in licensing. They are now charging for each and every feature. It was previously bundled.""Frankly speaking, Oracle Database is very expensive.""The features should be communicated to end users in the proper way.""The pricing is the one sticking point for the solution because it is very expensive."

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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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