We’ve heard lots in recent years about Big Data and the
alternative models of data management and processing, like Hadoop
and NoSQL. But truth be told, relational databases are still the
workhorses of most of today’s small and medium sized businesses.
Relational DBs date back over 40 years and SQL skills are fairly
common, and they’re known to be highly secure.
MySQL is the world’s second most popular relational database
management system (RDMS) and is the most popular open-source
version of the database. It’s easily accessible and is often
known to be part of the LAMP web development stack, standing for
the ‘M’ in the acronym of popular tools, along with Linux,
Apache, and PHP/Perl/Python. The fact that MySQL is free, easy to
setup and scales fast are some of the main reasons why it’s the
best match for many SMBs.