MySQL is one of the most widely used relational databases, powering nine out of ten websites around the world. With this level of adoption, it must be a good fit for your needs, right? Not so fast. Even though it is used by many top websites, it’s not a good fit for everyone. While a 90% usage rate is an impressive usage statistic, 10% of websites DO NOT use MySQL. Why not?

MySQL’s ease of deployment, open source knowledge, scalability, and transactional capability make it a great choice in many, but not all, scenarios.

In this whitepaper, we’ll look at where MySQL makes sense and some places where it is a less ideal choice. MySQL is based on commonly known and documented ANSI SQL 99 standards. It was designed by MySQL AB and is available in both open source and enterprise editions.

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