Mobilcom-Debitel is the primary mobile phone brand of Germany’s freenet Group. With 14 million customers, freenet Group is the biggest network-independent carrier in Germany. The company runs 180 MySQL instances, holding many different kinds of information, from customer logins to application data. However, the cost of support for the company’s MySQL Enterprise Edition installations was spiraling out of control, and the inflexible package meant that there was no way to access to the kind of flexibility that multiple database engines could offer.
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