8 Major Advantages of Using MySQL

Wednesday Nov 16th 2016 by Guest Author
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Long an favorite workhorse, the MySQL open source database offers some clear competitive advantages.

by Tony Branson

MySQL is a free-to-use, open-source database that facilitates effective management of databases by connecting them to the software. It is a stable, reliable and powerful solution with advanced features like the following:  

1.    Data Security

MySQL is globally renowned for being the most secure and reliable database management system used in popular web applications like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Facebook and Twitter. The data security and support for transactional processing that accompany the recent version of MySQL, can greatly benefit any business especially if it is an eCommerce business that involves frequent money transfers.

2.    On-Demand Scalability

MySQL offers unmatched scalability to facilitate the management of deeply embedded apps using a smaller footprint even in massive warehouses that stack terabytes of data. On-demand flexibility is the star feature of MySQL. This open source solution allows complete customization to eCommerce businesses with unique database server requirements.

3.    High Performance

MySQL features a distinct storage-engine framework that facilitates system administrators to configure the MySQL database server for a flawless performance. Whether it is an eCommerce website that receives a million queries every single day or a high-speed transactional processing system, MySQL is designed to meet even the most demanding applications while ensuring optimum speed, full-text indexes and unique memory caches for enhanced performance.

4.    Round-the-clock Uptime

MySQL comes with the assurance of 24X7 uptime and offers a wide range of high availability solutions like specialized cluster servers and master/slave replication configurations.

5.    Comprehensive Transactional Support

MySQL tops the list of robust transactional database engines available on the market. With features like complete atomic, consistent, isolated, durable transaction support, multi-version transaction support, and unrestricted row-level locking, it is the go-to solution for full data integrity. It guarantees instant deadlock identification through server-enforced referential integrity. 

6.    Complete Workflow Control

With the average download and installation time being less than 30 minutes, MySQL means usability from day one. Whether your platform is Linux, Microsoft, Macintosh or UNIX, MySQL is a comprehensive solution with self-management features that automate everything from space expansion and configuration to data design and database administration.

7.    Reduced Total Cost of Ownership

By migrating current database apps to MySQL, enterprises are enjoying significant cost savings on new projects. The dependability and ease of management that accompany MySQL save your troubleshooting time which is otherwise wasted in fixing downtime issues and performance problems.

8.    The Flexibility of Open Source

All the fears and worries that arise in an open source solution can be brought to an end with My SQL’s round-the-clock support and enterprise indemnification. The secure processing and trusted software of MySQL combine to provide effective transactions for large volume projects. It makes maintenance, debugging and upgrades fast and easy while enhancing the end-user experience.

Improving MySQL Performance: 3 Tips

Today almost every open source web app employs MySQL because it is compatible with all hosting providers and is extremely easy to use. But if your eCommerce website or web application performs poorly, here’s what you need to do:

1.    Performance Tuning

Fine tune your HAProxy instances to improve the performance of your web application. Optimize your database and speed up your server with an advanced load balancing software. A database load balancing software is designed to deliver the agility and scalability needed to expand capabilities and meet both unplanned and anticipated performance demands.

2.    Security Audits

DoS attacks and spamming can wreck havoc on your database server. You can easily prevent performance issues and increase uptime with a robust load balancing software that ensures automatic failover and security updates.

3.    Optimizing Queries

When websites and applications are poorly coded, no database optimization tools and techniques will come in handy when fixing the server load. SQL server load balancing software is a one-stop solution for maintaining uptime, data consistency, increasing performance, reducing service costs, and ensuring continuous availability for an enhanced customer experience. It does everything from running health checks and maintaining high performance to lowering the query wait time and enabling even distribution of load across multiple servers.

About the Author:

Tony Branson is the Database Load Balancing Senior Analyst for ScaleArc.

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