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LONDON, UK & HELSINKI, FINLAND – 21st November 2013 – SkySQL, the trusted provider of open source database technology, today announced results from the first ever MySQL Insights Survey. Conducted between August and September this year, 244 respondents from enterprises, SME companies and public sector organizations expressed their opinions on the fast-changing world of open source software.
The respondents were polled for their views on MySQL and other open source databases. A key finding was that for MySQL to remain a success, respondents said the database must remain true to its open source roots despite its current commercial organization ownership. Most strikingly, 80% of the respondents said they would ditch MySQL if its operations and development became less transparent.
Amongst MySQL’s core attractions and reason for selection were reliability (49%), performance (48%) and value-for-money (47%), but 88% chose MySQL to use in the first place because of its open source roots. Other findings include:
Overall, the research pointed to a number of detailed developer and administrator concerns including frustration with a lack of access to the latest test cases, which makes it much harder to contribute to the development of an open source product such as MySQL. These findings are in line with recent news of some of the largest technology companies in the world looking for more transparent alternatives to their current database, including MariaDB.
Patrik Sallner, SkySQL CEO said of the results: “It was fantastic to see the views of so many people within the community and their answers have been duly noted. The core ingredients when trying to build a tech success like MySQL are simple, but hard to maintain; a strong customer service ethos, value for money and accessibility. However, the survey shows that some users are nervous and willing to use alternative databases. As a provider of MySQL services, as well as guardian of MariaDB, we do well to keep focused on this. We plan to work on how best we can serve the MySQL and MariaDB communities with the great service they deserve.”
Note: For more details on the methodology of the MySQL Insights survey 2013, please ask for further details.
SkySQL is a trusted provider of open source database solutions for MySQL and MariaDB users on enterprise sites and in the cloud. SkySQL provides deployment and database management solutions to more than 350 client companies, including Canal+, ClubMed, Constant Contact, Deutsche Telekom, La Poste, Virgin Mobile, Western Digital, and XING.
With more than 300 accumulated years of experience in the original MySQL solution, SkySQL has a wealth of core competencies in MySQL and counts on the support of the first MySQL creators, as well as those of MariaDB. The company has also developed database management solutions in the cloud, which are easy to use and offer improved productivity.
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