MySQL or NoSQL: 3 Things to Consider Before Making Your Choice

Choosing the right database to drive your business-critical applications can be a daunting task. Unlike several years ago when MySQL dominated the open-source market, companies today now have dozens of choices when it comes to open-source databases. MySQL is still one of the most popular options, but a new class of solutions has emerged—NoSQL—and it’s gaining popularity and delivering surprising results.

This white paper provides a high-level overview of the characteristics of relational (MySQL) versus non-relational (NoSQL) open-source databases along with a detailed comparison of how each one approaches scalability, performance, and data modeling. The purpose of this paper is to help companies understand the differences between the databases and know what to look for when choosing a solution best suited to their environment.

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