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MySQL vs. NoSQL and NewSQL: 2011-2015

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MySQL was once the default database for new Web applications. Now it faces a competitive challenge from alternative database technologies and support providers. The MySQL ecosystem is arguably more healthy and vibrant than ever, with a strong vendor committed to the core product, and many alternative and complementary products and services on offer to maintain the competitive pressure on Oracle. The options for MySQL users have never been greater, and there is a significant portion of the MySQL user base that is willing to consider alternatives.

This report examines the current state of the MySQL ecosystem, assessing Oracle's ownership of the open source database, and exploring in greater detail the competitive dynamic between NoSQL, NewSQL and MySQL. The report – which includes the results of a 451 survey of database users to ascertain their perspectives on key themes raised by the changing data management landscape – illustrates that while NoSQL and NewSQL have had minimal impact on the continued adoption of MySQL to date, MySQL is no longer the default choice for new Web application development projects. As a result, the use of emerging databases poses a long-term threat to MySQL's dominance in this space. The report also provides database market sizing and growth projections for 2011-15.

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