MySQL is the world's most popular open source database software, with over 100 million copies of its software downloaded or distributed throughout it's history. With its superior speed, reliability, and ease of use, MySQL has become the preferred choice for Web, Web 2.0, SaaS, ISV, Telecom companies and forward-thinking corporate IT Managers because it eliminates the major problems associated with downtime, maintenance and administration for modern, online applications.

Many of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, critical business systems, and packaged software — including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Nokia, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Booking.com.

The flagship MySQL offering is MySQL Enterprise, a comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services available in an affordable annual subscription.

MySQL is a key part of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP / Perl / Python), the fast-growing open source enterprise software stack. More and more companies are using LAMP as an alternative to expensive proprietary software stacks because of its lower cost and freedom from platform lock-in.

MySQL was originally founded and developed in Sweden by two Swedes and a Finn: David Axmark, Allan Larsson and Michael "Monty" Widenius, who had worked together since the 1980's. More historical information on MySQL is available on Wikipedia.

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Databases are used every day, in almost every place you can think of. Doctor’s offices and hospitals use databases to keep track of clients, payments, files, etc. Police stations use databases to keep track of criminal records. MySQL
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is just one of the many types of databases. All databases are used to store information and have easy access to large amounts of data.

Who uses MySQL?

  • Healthcare: Bayer, Cardinal Health, BASE (BioArray Software Enviroment)
  • Media & Entertainment: BBC news, CBS Interactive, MTV Networks, TechCrunch
  • Retail: Lifetouch, Macy’s, Glasses Direct, Sears, Wal Mart
  • Technology: Adobe, Apple Inc., DocQ, GroupLogic
  • Government: City of New York, Department of Homeland Security, NASA


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