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MySQL Surprise

August 11th, 2007 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 1 Comment

mySQL Trends“We have used MySQL far more than anyone expected. We went from experimental to mission-critical in a couple of months.” – Jeremy Zawodny, MySQL Database Expert, Yahoo! Finance

Did you know that YouTube, Flickr, Linden Labs, Technorati, Facebook, FeedBurner, StumbleUpon, Wikipedia, Digg, LiveJournal, del.icio.us, Yahoo (Finance) and many others have all selected MySQL as a database backend for their web operations?

e.g. Flickr is using MySQL to store ~2 Pb (1 Petabyte = 1024 Terabyte); storing more than ~470M photos with more than 4 billion queries per day…!

Coming from an enterprise software company delivering products which only integrate with the highest-end (perceived) commercial databases, I didn’t have the pleasure to try MySQL but recently I do… I am still in the very beginning of my learning curve and until now it have been a real pleasant surprise – mainly due to the database’s speed and ability to easily “scale-out” on low-cost hardware (sharding).

MySQL have the disruptive technology “smell” all over it and my premonition is that it will increasingly evolved to be “good enough” for a larger and larger segment of the market…

Tags: Disruptive Technology

1 response so far ↓

  • 1  Tzvika // Aug 29, 2007 at 4:55 am

    My experience with the MySQL that backs Wikipedia has been a bit underwhelming, as a contributor. But that may or many not be an indication of what it can actually do.

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