Now that I have your attention, I’d like to invite you to a critical review of where we’re at in the MySQL vs. MariaDB debate. Earlier this year, I visited Oracle Open World 2014, and I met with Morgan Tocker, the MySQL community manager at Oracle to learn about where MySQL is heading.
Who “is” MySQL
An interesting learning for myself is the fact that according to Morgan, there had been quite a few former MySQL AB employees that stayed with MySQL when Sun acquired the database, and that are still there now (perhaps after a short break), now that Oracle owns Sun and thus MySQL. In fact, right now as we speak, Oracle is pushing hard to get even more people on board of the MySQL team. When this article was written, there were 21 open MySQL jobs on this blog post dating February 25, 2014.
More details about Oracle’s plans to promote and push MySQL can be seen in this presentation by Morten Andersen:
So, if you’re still contemplating a migration to MariaDB, maybe give this all a second thought. MySQL is still the database that is being used by most large companies, including Facebook and LinkedIn. MySQL won’t go away and it will get much better in the next couple of years – maybe even to a point where it has a similar amount of features as PostgreSQL? We can only hope.
Need another convincing argument? You can now use Oracle Enterprise Manager for both Oracle and MySQL databases. How awesome is that!