In today’s digital world, many companies make use of digital technology to transform the way they do business. These organizations are passionate about driving their digital transformation initiatives to be more competitive. They must do so and they must act faster, or they will lose out in this digital economy.
Digital transformation has been affecting the economy in general and our daily lives in particular. In the face of all these digital innovations and breakthroughs, companies are facing the challenge of delivering modern web-based applications to help drive digital transformation initiatives rapidly yet cost-effectively. Thanks to MySQL, the world’s most sought-after open source database, business executives, CIOs, and IT professionals have found the answer. This powerful solution helps them in addressing their priorities and achieving their goals.
MySQL and Digital Transformation
Customers now move faster and their expectations grow quicker than before. As such, businesses and organizations must accelerate their digital initiatives and act faster than their customers.
To accomplish this huge task, many of these organizations embrace MySQL Enterprise Edition, a robust tool that enables digital transformation. Here are some of the many benefits of MySQL EE:
- It helps IT professionals address digital transformation alongside other major concerns.
Company’s priorities have always included security, big data, cloud services and cost control. Digital transformation has now become part of their top priorities, and MySQL offers a compelling all-in-one solution to address all these concerns.
- It offers strong security features.
MySQL is loaded with exceptional security features that provide solid and real-time data protection. These features include data encryption, secure connections, authorization and privilege management, authentication services, and audit features. All these tools could implement policies for auditing compliance.
- It can handle demanding web applications.
MySQL is designed and optimized for demanding web applications. Moreover, it is capable of handling an enormous and continually growing amount of data. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Adobe, and many other large organizations count on MySQL for their high-traffic websites and business-critical systems. Hence, MySQL became the platform of choice for web developers and IT professionals, and the preferred database for web-based applications.
- It offers high performance and high availability.
MySQL’s architecture allows IT professionals to configure MySQL database server for high-volume websites or high-speed transactional processing systems. MySQL can withstand the most difficult and challenging performance expectations of any system. And because it offers several high-availability options – from high-speed master replication configurations to specialized servers offering instant failover, to third party vendors delivering high-availability solutions, many customers rely on MySQL for uninterrupted uptime.
- MySQL gives ultimate scalability and flexibility features.
MySQL database server is the best of both worlds. It can handle applications with only 1MB footprint. It can also hold enormous amount of information produced by huge data warehouses. The platform is also flexible and supports Linux, UNIX and Windows. In addition, the open source nature of MySQL allows users to customize or add their specific requirements to the database server.
- MySQL enables a fast and easy deployment of cloud services, such as Database as a Service (DaaS).
Many organizations regard the cloud as the starting point and foundation of digital transformation. Implementing DaaS with OpenStack and MySQL has become a popular solution for companies worldwide as it simplifies technology infrastructure. It also allows the delivery of more robust database services at a lower cost. Google, Amazon Web Services and other cloud computing providers either offer services that are MySQL-based or deliver products that are integrated with MySQL.
- It provides a comprehensive support for application development.
Customers always expect to receive an extensive support for every application development requirement, and this is what MySQL Support for stored procedures, functions, triggers, views, and ANSI-standard SQL, among others, can be found within the database. Plug-in libraries are also available for embedded applications. In addition, MySQL is also equipped with connectors and drivers, such as ODBC and JDBC to enable all forms of applications to make use of MySQL as a preferred server.
- It is an excellent cost control solution for both CAPEX and operating expenses.
MySQL Enterprise Edition offers a significantly lower total cost of ownership compared with other proprietary and scale-up software solutions. This benefit is a prime consideration especially among medium-sized enterprises that prefer an economical solution. Both startups and established organizations realize that they can achieve optimum levels of performance, scalability, availability and security while enjoying substantial cost savings.
- MySQL provides 24×7 support.
MySQL is not the typical open source software. With MySQL Enterprise, users get a complete round-the-clock support and indemnification. And since MySQL is owned and supported by Oracle, users get an exceptional combination of open source freedom and proven software with support.
- It has a constantly growing community of users.
MySQL caters to a broad range of market, from mid-size firms to large organizations in diverse industries across the globe. As such, it’s very likely that whatever issue you are facing, other users might have experienced the same. Getting help online becomes effortless and you will be able to easily find the answers to your questions.Moreover, because there is a high volume of users (with more than 15 million total installations and 70,000 downloads per day), there is a wide availability of MySQL-competent professionals – from developers to database administrators, system administrators, to other technology roles. In fact, MySQL ranks second in the “Top 40 IT Skills for Linux Professionals” (as of January 2016). It totally outscored Apache, AWS, Git, Hadoop, NoSQL, MicrosoftSQL, SAP, MongoDB, OpenStack and Weblogic. This speaks for the demand and popularity of MySQL.
MySQL’s market segment continues to grow because of the many advantages the solution offers. More than its technical value that made it earn the reputation of being the world’s most popular open source database, MySQL’s strong community speaks another unparalleled benefit to users. When there are millions of eyeballs watching and using it, the product becomes more strong-featured, more reliable and more powerful to enable digital transformation.
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