The MySQL database has become the world's most popular open source database because of its consistent fast performance, high reliability and ease of use. It's used on every continent -- Yes, even Antarctica! -- by individual Web developers as well as many of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software -- including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Nokia, YouTube, and Zappos.com.
Not only is MySQL the world's most popular open source database, it's also become the database of choice for a new generation of applications built on the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP / Perl / Python.) MySQL runs on more than 20 platforms including Linux, Windows, Mac OS, Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, giving you the kind of flexibility that puts you in control.
MySQL is an attractive alternative to higher-cost, more complex database technology. Its award-winning speed, scalability and reliability make it the right choice for corporate IT departments, Web developers and packaged software vendors.
MySQL database server includes all of the required enterprise features plus many innovations:
- Multiple storage engines including full transaction support with commit, rollback, crash recovery and low-level locking capabilities. You can select from a range of storage engines from fast in-memory operation to full transaction support and clustering for high-availability.
- Query caching delivers significant performance benefits and with database replication, many slave servers can run off a single master server increasing both speed and robustness.
- A robust security system with advanced permissions and support for SSL transport-layer encryption provides robust application security.
- Full text indexing and searching enables rapid searching of text fields for words and phrases. This includes relevance rankings, exact phrase matching and Boolean search operators.
MySQL Community Server is a freely downloadable version of the world's most popular open source database that is supported by an active community of open source developers and enthusiasts.