Using MySQL for Digital Transformation – Part 2: MySQL for Security, Cloud Services, Cost Control and Big Data Insights

MySQL brings with it some pretty neat cost savings while also ensuring reliability, high performance, availability, and scalability.

Now that you realize how important digital transformation is for your business, here is how MySQL can help you enable it for your organization.

MySQL for Security

Security is a prime concern of most businesses; this is especially so for an enterprise that is looking to digitally transform itself. MySQL helps organizations protect their databases against both external hacking and inside jobs.

MySQL Enterprise Edition has several components and features that are aimed towards security, such as:

  • MySQL Enterprise Monitor. MySQL Enterprise Monitor has a feature it calls Security Advisors, which brings potential security holes to your attention. Using this feature, you can know when there is a weak password being used, if there are accounts that do not have a password, if the root account is left open without a password, if the server has a root user account, if the SHA-256 password authentication protocol is not enabled, or if unauthorized users are able to view the contents of the databases on the server.
  • Public key cryptography. MySQL uses public key cryptography, a form of asymmetric encryption that helps protect your most confidential data. This can also help you become more compliant as far as regulatory requirements are concerned. You can secure stored data, replicated data, and even digitally sign your messages.
  • MySQL Enterprise Backup. This feature will encrypt all of your data that is backed up on tapes and other media, guarding it from being accessed in the event that these tapes are physically stolen.
  • MySQL Enterprise Authentication. Aside from its own encryption and authentication modules, you can use Linux Pluggable Authentication Models, Windows Active Directory, and other third party modules.
  • MySQL Enterprise Audit. MySQL gives you tools you need to perform an audit that is both policy-based and easy to do.
  • MySQL Enterprise Firewall. You can now guard your database from external cyber security threats. The firewall gives you real time monitoring of threats, automatic blocking of suspicious traffic, and the use of whitelists, among many others.


MySQL for Cloud Services

Helped by the ease to adopt solutions, the cloud is just about everywhere right now. It is sometimes considered as the most disruptive of all the new technologies.

OpenStack is currently among the most widely used platform to deploy cloud services. According to 451Research, we can expect the OpenStack market to grow to more than $3 billion this year.

The good news is that MySQL is the top choice for those who are using OpenStack for their cloud deployments. Some of the better-known companies that are using both OpenStack and MySQL include:

  • Photobucket, where they use OpenStack for around 800 servers (with MySQL used to handle content in up to 400 physical servers). The company can deploy new servers in just three minutes.
  • Europe’s CERN, where both OpenStack and MySQL are used for data processing without needing to add staff.


MySQL and OpenStack are both benefited by database as a service, where users are able to set up a fully functional database environment on their own. Database as a service using MySQL Enterprise Edition can allow your teams to maintain or increase your agility to create new database applications, be more secure, and reduce the total cost of ownership.

When you standardize MySQL Enterprise Edition for provisioning on a database as a service solution, you can reduce the total cost of ownership by making your operations more efficient while using the best management and monitoring tools available for you. This will also help automate several processes. You also reduce risks arising from data loss and application unavailability. You can also scale up or down quickly.

Meanwhile, Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux gives you the first commercially packaged OpenStack implementation in the form of Docker instances.

So if you want to use OpenStack and MySQL, no other company can give you both better than Oracle can. Oracle has all the components you need to get the best out of these two, including Oracle Linux, MySQL Database, and MySQL Cluster. Plus, you only have one neck to choke because you only have a single contact for support.

Big Data Insights

You get all of these data from every source you have, but that is quite useless unless you derive some insights from them. MySQL is very useful in every stage of the big data life cycle.

Here are four stages of the big data life cycle and how MySQL can help you in each stage:

  • Acquisition. When you get data from different sources, MySQL is able to gather all of these together while also guaranteeing high data quality. MySQL can handle high speed, high volume data without compromising ACID statements. It also has native JSON support to make data easier to store, search and work with, even without a schema for your data. What’s more, you can work with new data for real time analytics, while some confidential data may even be anonymized before being stored in Hadoop.
  • Organizing. Your data can be transferred from MySQL table to Hadoop.
  • Analysis. Hadoop can handle all forms of data regardless of structure and source. This can then be processed in different ways and then loaded to data warehouse systems.
  • Decision-making. Once the data is stored and analyzed, it may be loaded back to MySQL. Once it is in MySQL, you can now use the data for your processes or to get insights for your business intelligence.

Lower cost of ownership

MySQL brings with it some pretty neat cost savings while also ensuring reliability, high performance, availability, and scalability. But even as your system becomes better performing, highly reliable, always available, and truly scalable, your total cost of ownership is lower.

MySQL’s drive to lower the TCO is helped by the increased operational efficiency it brings, while also allowing you to use the best management and monitoring tools available. It is further helped by increased automation.

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You can get best in class software from Oracle. If you are considering a digital transformation for your business, then you should take a look at Oracle MySQL as it is integrated with other Oracle solutions such as the Enterprise Manager, OpenStack for Oracle Linux, Fusion Middleware, Clusterware, and other relevant solutions. Plus, you get top-notch support.

MySQL enables digital transformation. If you need help setting up MySQL, call Four Cornerstone now at (817) 377-1144.

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