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Likelihood to Recommend

MySQL

It is extremely well-suited for use cases across a broad range of applications such as e-commerce and business applications, and most small to larger organizations will find it well-suited for their data storage needs for a particular application. However, it is not designed for data warehousing and would not do well for analytics data for which a No-SQL option would serve better, and it is not ideal for geographical data management.
Joel Tanzi | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is open source, and then, there are several companies that could give you technical support, like EnterpriseDB or Percona.
PostgreSQL is easy to install and configure and is multi-platform, you could use Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD, and you could use ALL the hardware you have purchased for your project, without sinking hundreds of thousand of dollars in proprietary software, to use only a small part of your server for the database.
Let's see a concrete case: You have a project to make an information system which uses an underlying database. Then you purchase 3 servers, which cost USD 50K for the Production server, USD 25K for the Contingency Server and USD 10K for the Development Server.
If you use a proprietary database, we know what companies, they price their software licenses per every 2 cores if we use the servers physically or every 2 vcpus (threads) if we use virtual machines, and the cost range is between USD 15K and 50K for each 2 cores license. If my production server has a configuration of 24 SSDs of 3,84 TB, 2 TB of ECC RAM, and 2 CPUs AMD EPYC 7702, with 64 cores each (128 cores and 256 vcpus or threads per server), the cost of the proprietary database could be more than USD one million, and if we use a subscription mechanism to get the updates, we could be talking of another million each 3 to 5 years. That is ten times the cost of the hardware. And you can TOUCH the hardware.
Is PostgreSQL slower than the proprietary databases that we talk about? Yes; but for what margin? In in-house tests, the performance of PostgreSQL was from 50% to 75% typically, with several scenarios where PostgreSQL where speedier. But we could use ALL the cores for the DBMS, not just a few.
For us PostgreSQL is the best database in existence. Period. If we use proprietary databases yet it's only for legacy information systems, for contractual restrictions or because our providers haven't seen the light (yet).
Javier Blanque | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

MySQL

  • MySQL is first off free to use, so that makes it a win right there.
  • MySQL is constantly updated and security holes are patched quickly and often.
  • MySQL is highly customizable and allows you access to all areas of the database to use it the way you want, plus there is lots of documentation online and other users sharing their customization experiences to help you along the way.
Andrew Shannon | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

  • As I mentioned before, Postgres has an incredibly flexible and simple-to-use user/role management system. First, there are users--login information so that you can hand out to individual users. Then, there are roles, which specify read and/or write access to all the tables that you can assign to users. Through this system, you can easily control who can read and update which tables, and the system is very well-tested, so there's no concern with users accessing or writing to data that they shouldn't be unless your Postgres admin really messes up!
  • I could write pages on this and would need to reference the Postgres manual itself to do this justice, but Postgres is dang scalable! There are so many ways to scale it. Postgres has undergone active development by some of the brightest engineers for over 30 years now, and the result is that Postgres has so many ways you can scale it besides just upping the SSD and CPU and memory speed. You can scale reads horizontally through multiple slaves that handle all the reads. You can add highly optimized indices to your tables. You can change columns to JSONB types for super fast JSON queries. You can turn on special caches to bulk writes so they don't overwhelm the disk. Between those three options and other tips and tricks experienced Postgres admins have, you can get a lot out of them. There's a reason Yahoo stuck with Postgres for decades up until their main database even past the point of 4 Petabytes and 10k writes/second!
  • Postgres, simply put, has achieved super-wide industry adoption (6% market share), which means it's really easy to integrate it into your stack and hire knowledgeable developers to service Postgres. All the major database libraries of the common web frameworks that I know are out there (e.g. Rails-ActiveRecord, Spring-Hibernate, Play Scala-Slick) have out-of-the-box deep Postgres support, with no extra configuration needed to get your web app to start reading and writing to Postgres. I also know many universities in the US include Postgres in their curriculum too (e.g. UC Berkeley). It's really easy to hire either new grads or experienced software engineers for positions that require Postgres knowledge.
  • If you are comparing Postgres to MySQL and you want to use JSON, know that Postgres has better performance and features on indexing JSON blobs simply because Postgres beat MySQL to the JSON game by several years. I haven't used MySQL's JSON support before, but that's what my co-workers say (and it's true that Postgres definitely started support mySQL years earlier).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

MySQL

  • Complex queries usually require many resources to obtain results. Other software does not present this situation.
  • MySQL has stopped its evolutionary process since its change of ownership, so the changes it presents have become irrelevant to the operation of the service.
  • Oracle has avoided releasing the code for the detection and correction of errors so the essence of open source has been disappearing
Carlos Alberto Pedron Espinett | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

  • Deployment gets difficult for folks who are habituated with commercial databases.
  • We cannot write our own database engine unlike MySQL.
  • PostgreSQL do not allow us to execute batch of statement. we have to embed it in a function to achieve this.
Venkateswar Reddy Thatikonda | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

MySQL

MySQL 9.7
Based on 4 answers
It is best open source relational database.
Yinghua Hu | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.0
Based on 1 answer
As a needed software for day to day development activities
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

MySQL

MySQL 8.2
Based on 5 answers
I give MySQL a 9/10 overall because I really like it but I feel like there are a lot of tech people who would hate it if I gave it a 10/10. I've never had any problems with it or reached any of its limitations but I know a few people who have so I can't give it a 10/10 based on those complaints.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.0
Based on 6 answers
Postgresql is the best tool out there for relational data so I have to give it a high rating when it comes to analytics, data availability and consistency, so on and so forth. SQL is also a relatively consistent language so when it comes to building new tables and loading data in from the OLTP database, there are enough tools where we can perform ETL on a scalable basis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

MySQL

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.0
Based on 1 answer
PostgreSQL's availability is top notch. Apart from connection time-out for an idle user, the database is super reliable.
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

MySQL

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 7.0
Based on 1 answer
The data queries are relatively quick for a small to medium sized table. With complex joins, and a wide and deep table however, the performance of the query has room for improvement.
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

MySQL

MySQL 8.6
Based on 2 answers
The support staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. I only had to get part way through my explanations before they had a solution. They will walk you through a fix or actually connect in and fix the problem for you--or would if you can allow it. I've done it both ways with them. They are always forthcoming with 'how to do this if it happens again' information. I love working with MySQL support.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.2
Based on 13 answers
Its a really great product that has rich features which are well suited for our needs. It also has a NoSQL option which could be useful in some cases. And most importantly it's free to use which is always great.There's still room for improvement though, for example, the installation and upgrade process could be made easier, online resources could be improved as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

MySQL

No answers on this topic

PostgreSQL

The online training is request based. Had there been recorded videos available online for potential users to benefit from, I could have rated it higher. The online documentation however is very helpful. The online documentation PDF is downloadable and allows users to pace their own learning. With examples and code snippets, the documentation is great starting point.
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

MySQL

MySQL 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The online documentation of the PostgreSQL product is elaborate and takes users step by step.
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

MySQL

We actually use Sisense alongside MySQL as they integrate very well with one another. One of MySQL's flaws is its slow speeds on larger datasets which is why we began using Sisense. This way, we can organize several feeds into one source without having to do repetitious work on different sources.
Joseph R. Sweeney | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

Compared to MySQL, it works well if you need to extend to your use caseCompared to Spark, it works better w.r.t development time in a central database settingLike Redis, it cannot be used for caching and quick access of non-structured data
Nitin Pasumarthy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

MySQL

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The DB is reliable, scalable, easy to use and resolves most DB needs
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

MySQL

  • MySQL has been a vital cost reducing technology for smaller databases that do not require commercial support.
  • We have successfully sold the enterprise edition to customers who wanted to beef up the capabilities of MySQL compared to the community edition without rewriting an application to use a fully commercial database such as DB2, Oracle or SQL Server
  • MySQL has been extremely cost effective where we have deployed it. When compared to Oracle or MySQL, the savings has been substantial.
Christopher Weiss | TrustRadius Reviewer

PostgreSQL

  • By pushing a lot of logic into database views and triggers, PostgreSQL provides the ability to write much slimmer and more maintainable controller code, reducing development costs.
  • PostgreSQL's upsert capabilities enabled us to go to scale much more easily and quickly, allowing us to increase our number of customers.
David McCann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

MySQL

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

PostgreSQL

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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