MySQL Leads Open Source Market, Gets Cluster Support

Jelastic, a company that specializes in providing Java hosting platform solutions in the cloud, recently released data showing the open source database preferences of approximately 1,000 of its users. The data, while limited in its sample size, shows that MySQL is the open source database king amongst its peers.

Jelastic’s data is based on the four major open source databases it supports: MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, and PostgreSQL.  Results taken for October 2011 show an open source database distribution that is led by MySQL with a 46 percent global market share.  MongoDB comes in second with 21 percent, and PostgreSQL and MariaDB come in third and fourth place with 19 percent and 14 percent, respectively.  The term “global” market share refers to the sum of the percentages found in North America and Europe, which are the only locations where Jelastic is available at this time. 

A closer look into the numbers reveals the following open source database distribution in Europe: MySQL 47 percent, MongoDB 20 percent, PostgreSQL 19 percent, and MariaDB 13 percent.  Meanwhile, North America’s distribution is as follows: MySQL 40 percent, MongoDB 28 percent, MariaDB 16 percent, and PostgreSQL 15 percent.  The increased popularity of MongoDB in North America is noticeable, as is the fact that MariaDB overtakes PostgreSQL for the third place spot.  It’s no real surprise that MySQL leads the pack with ease, but it should be noted that MariaDB is still quite young, as is MongoDB, so they should be given the benefit of the doubt.

So, while these numbers do represent the market share data for Jelastic users, they are rather limited in scope.  With that being said, they probably should not be regarded as a true representation of the entire open-source database industry for a few reasons. 

First, the sample size of approximately 1,000 developers is quite small.  Second, all of the developers represented in the data come from a single provider in the form of Jelastic.  In other words, developers who choose one start-up cloud provider may very likely have different preferences as those who use another provider.  Third, since Jelastic is currently available only in North America and Europe, a very large population of developers is not included.  It’s certainly possible that developers in South America, Africa, Asia, etc. could have different database preferences than their North American and European counterparts.

Moving on, since Jelastic deals with Java developers, there’s no telling what users of other platforms would choose.  The same holds true for users who opt for cloud services like Jelastic as opposed to those who prefer in-house hosting.  Of course, Jelastic is not claiming that its numbers reflect the entire population, so there is really no harm done with their latest release, as long as you take it with a grain of salt.

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Percona Announces Availability of MySQL Cluster Support Service

Percona recently added to its impressive portfolio of products known to increase the performance and reliability of MySQL by introducing its new MySQL Cluster Support service.  Available to existing Percona Gold or Platinum MySQL Support customers, MySQL Cluster Support offers a powerful option for those seeking the company’s usual great service with extra enhancements to ensure that needs for high availability are met.

Percona is no stranger to providing solid enterprise-grade support, as it has done so for over 1,000 clients worldwide since its launch in 2006.  Companies such as Cisco Systems and the BBC have solicited the company’s expertise in the support realm, as well as MySQL training, engineering, and consulting.  Previously, Percona MySQL Support customers have had the luxury of 24/7 telephone-based support from an expert staff.  With the introduction of MySQL Cluster Support, customers can enjoy the previous high standard of Percona service plus much more.

Based on NDB Cluster technology, MySQL Cluster is a must for MySQL users who demand optimal scalability and availability, such as those in the telecommunications or online gaming industries.  MySQL Cluster Support helps to ensure uptime and availability by providing customers 24/7 access online and by telephone to a staff versed in a host of MySQL-related products including MySQL, MariaDB, Amazon RDS for MySQL, and more.  In addition, Percona’s in-house development and consulting staff allows it to churn out MySQL enhancements ahead of the pack. 

Percona CEO Peter Zaitsev commented on the company’s latest introduction in the official press release: “MySQL Cluster Support is an important addition to our MySQL Support capabilities. We’ve been very pleased with the growth of our MySQL Support business and I believe our new MySQL Cluster support option will power continued growth. Our MySQL Support customers appreciate our responsive 24×7, phone-based support. We’ve been contacted by many companies using MySQL Cluster that would like the security of knowing a knowledgeable and responsive company like Percona is there for them with high quality, easily accessible support.”

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