MySQL is commonly used by free software projects which require a full-featured database management system
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 etc.,
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.
Our Continued MySQL Values
We want the MySQL database to be:
- The best and the most-used database in the world for online applications.
- Available and affordable for all.
- Easy to use.
- Continuously improved while remaining fast, secure and reliable.
- Fun to use and improve.
- Free from bugs.
We want the people working on MySQL to:
- Subscribe to the Open Source philosophy.
- Prefer partners that share our values and mindset.
- Answer email and give assistance to users, customers, partners and co-workers.
- Be a virtual organization, networking with others.