Translation of "PostgreSQL vs. MySQL vs. Commercial Databases: It's All About What You Need"

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PostgreSQL vs. MySQL vs. Commercial Databases: It's All About What You Need

The database server is a fixture in almost every business these days. The common commercial databases, such as Oracle, Microsoft's SQL Server, and IBM's DB2 server, include many features that people have come to rely on to make their database servers "enterprise worthy". These features include advanced database storage, data management tools, information replication, and tools to back it up.

During the past ten years, the open source community has improved the quality of its software, making it more enterprise worthy. As a result, enterprises have shown an interest in migrating from proprietary, commercial software to open-source software in recent years. For example, businesses around the world commonly use Linux, the Perl programming language, the Apache Web server, and the two leading open-source database engines, PostgreSQL and MySQL.

This article compares PostgreSQL and MySQL, both to each other as well as with their commercial counterparts. Rather than examining the MySQL MAX product based on SAP's database engine, it looks at the more widely deployed "original" MySQL.

Questions about MySQL and PostgreSQL often relate to speed. Even though current Postgres releases have gotten much faster, earlier versions were known to be slow. But speed isn't everything when it comes to choosing a good database engine. This comparison is based on features rather than speed. If all you need is raw speed, you can get it in other ways.

How It All Began

History of PostgreSQL

История PostgreSQL

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The PostgreSQL relational database system (RDBMS) came from the POSTGRES project at the University of California at Berkley. Professor Michael Stonebraker started the project in 1986 to replace the aging Ingres RDBMS, and DARPA, the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, and ESL, Inc. sponsored it. While known as the POSTGRES project, the database assumed various roles in different organizations, including an asteroid tracking database, a financial data analysis system, and an educational tool.

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