MySQL is one of the most popular relational database management systems. It is developed and maintained by the Oracle Corporation. Other than Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress, MySQL is used by global brands like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.
Storing data in relational models is not new. The RDBMS(Relational Database Management System) has been in vogue for decades, especially for web-based enterprise applications. The rapid increase in distributed and cloud computing, and changing expectations of data users in data storage and management, paved the way to the two most popular open source databases- MySQL and MongoDB.
For nearly 40 years, Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) have been known as the go-to option for the storage of information in databases, mainly for personal data, financial information, manufacturing records and more. The relational model for database management uses table format for storing data, which makes it different than the standard data management model. The popularity of RDBMS can be attributed to the increase in mission-critical applications over time which require a robust management system.
MySQL is one of the most widely used databases across the world. It is free and is open-source as well. Developed in C/C++, MySQL is one of the most popular database choices.
The database was started by a Swedish company “MySQL AB” in 1995. MySQL AB was later acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2008. Later, Sun Microsystems was acquired by Oracle in 2010. Since then, MySQL is maintained and managed by Oracle.