Set developers free to create high-performance applications with MariaDB.
November 20, 2019

Set developers free to create high-performance applications with MariaDB.

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Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with MariaDB

We use MariaDB to host databases for applications used by both employees and customers. It is managed and hosted by IT, but is used to host data for a wide variety of mission-critical services. Because MariaDB is free software, we are able to use it without some of the licensing concerns that we face with other database systems.


  • Reliability - MariaDB handles heavy usage loads well for high-traffic applications.
  • Easy Administration - For those who are familiar with MySQL, MariaDB is easy to administer and configure.
  • Cost - MariaDB is free to use.


  • Driver Support - Some third party applications use database drivers that cause unexplained slowness with MariaDB. This can be worked around by using the MySQL drivers, but it's not clear what causes the problem in the first place.
  • Support - While online communities are helpful in diagnosing problems, there isn't as much professional documentation/support available for MariaDB as some of the other major database options.
  • Data Visualization - It would be helpful if there were more built in options for analyzing statistics and generating reports.
  • MariaDB has supported high performance for mission-critical web applications.
  • MariaDB has simplified licensing restrictions and made it easier for our developers to create low-cost integrations.
  • Because most of our developers were already familiar with MySQL, there wasn't much of a learning curve for our organization.
MySQL is still a great solution, but MariaDB offers a more extensive set of free features than are available for MySQL. We also feel more confident that MariaDB will remain free to use over time. End users haven't noticed much of a difference, but from a development cost perspective, it's clear that MariaDB was the right choice for us.
Compared to other solutions (such as Oracle), there aren't quite as many professional support or documentation options available. However, MariaDB is widely used and there are a lot of online communities that share helpful information. Additionally, much of the existing MySQL documentation is still valid for MariaDB, and while some third-party applications officially require MySQL, many will also work seamlessly with MariaDB.

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MariaDB is especially helpful for organizations that are currently using MySQL but would like to move to a product with friendlier licensing terms. This is easier to do if you have an in-house programming team that can implement integrations on their own, as some outside firms will sometimes prefer to work with other database solutions that have more restrictive/expensive licensing.


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