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"For IoT business cases, having Informix Enterprise Edition work on edge computers, like Raspberry Pi and using Informix replication, makes complex situations simple to build and maintain.""The stability is incredible. I have customers with uptimes of several years.""Replication is a valuable feature and easy to use.""So far, we do not have a lot of issues. It's pretty problem-free.""The solution's stability, performance, enhanced functionality, and replication are all great features.""The scalability is very good.""The initial setup is pretty easy."

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"The replication feature is the most valuable. We are replicating our servers.""MySQL gives us all of the critical features that we need in a database, but without the costs.""The solution is great for small applications in particular.""It's a good tool, a good database platform.""The solution is a small application and is very easy to deploy.""The feature that I have found most valuable is its ubiquity. MySQL is everywhere, so if I need to find a developer to do things to it that I don't know, it's very easy to find someone who has expertise in it.""Apart from the features that are in the enterprise part, we find the database to be valuable. The connectors and the backup features are valuable as well. We use the basic database. We don't really use the extra features. Our clients like the security features in the database.""The initial setup was pretty straightforward. I would have worked with our IT team in terms of the initial setup."

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Cons
"There should be more intelligence surrounding discovering data to be able to automatically create indexes.""Continue extending the SQL language for compatibility with the competition's language, including Stored Procedure Language.""The solution really doesn't add new features very often.""This product could be made easier to use for beginners.""I would like to see backups from secondary servers.""The solution lacks some functionality.""The pricing is a bit expensive."

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"The solution could be more secure.""I would like to have features that allow us to jump between the cloud and our on-premises system.""It should provide better customer experiences.""The product is a little bit complex and it is difficult to find sufficient documentation.""Oracle should start putting in some of the enterprise features in the standard feature. There are some key features that should be part of the standard.""Improvements are required in character set support, scalability, and big data sets.""Its performance should be better. When we use big data, it is slow in performance. We should be able to use mirroring for improved performance.""We require more ease of use, scalability, and high availability. These are some of the critical features that we use and look for in a product. It should be easier to manage clusters. Scalability is very important for us because our projects and concurrency requirements are quite big. We also require high availability of the server, application, and other things. It should also have more performance-based features or enhancements from the performance point of view. When we divide a database, it should be able to handle the queries very fast."

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  • "The free edition can be enough to handle moderate-size implementations, but you may want a pay for edition to benefit from more functionality, such as replication."
  • "I am not aware of the licensing costs or terms."
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  • "I am using the Community Edition, which is available free of charge."
  • "This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge."
  • "It's an open-source database management system that can be used free of charge."
  • "Microsoft licensing for SQL Server is probably ten times more expensive. I used to work for the government, and I remember when we were looking into upgrading to the enterprise version of SQL Server 2019, the licensing was going to cost 350,000. To get the equivalent in the cloud, it was going to be about four grand to get the same processing power and everything else. With MySQL, it was going to be about 300 for the same licensing. Cost-wise, for sure, there is a huge difference. Would you prefer to pay 300 a month or 3,000 to have the same amount of data resources? You might lose a few options that you need, but it isn't worth the price difference."
  • "This product has a good price point."
  • "There is a licensing cost because we are going for a proprietary product. There are some other versions for which there is no licensing cost."
  • "It has a community version."
  • "It is open-source."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    The stability is incredible. I have customers with uptimes of several years.
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    This product could be made easier to use for beginners. As I have worked with it for quite a while, it is not difficult for me. However, some of my customers complain that it is too difficult to… more »
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    MySQL has cross-platform support for multiple operating systems. The backups on a Linux machine can be restored on a Windows machine, and vice versa.
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    MySQL is free open-source software. This is the most valuable aspect for any company.
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    Improvements are required in character set support, scalability, and big data sets. There is a lack of advanced features such as SQLServer, PostgreSQL, etc. I would like to see minimum reporting… more »
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    Overview
    Informix is one of the most widely used database servers offering high levels of performance and availability, distinctive capabilities, & minimal overhead.

    Until its recent acquisition by Oracle, MySQL was possibly the most renowned open source database enterprise package that could be accessed completely for free. With the merger, the server increased both its features and its price tag, but there is still a free version available to the general community to contribute ideas and suggestions.

    MySQL is a fast and relatively inexpensive database management system. It can easily integrate with a wide variety of programming languages, and it is considered to be a very reliable option. One of the most prominent features that customers seem to enjoy is the easy scalability of this system.

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    IBM Informix is ranked 8th in Relational Databases with 8 reviews while MySQL is ranked 3rd in Relational Databases with 55 reviews. IBM Informix is rated 9.2, while MySQL is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM Informix writes "Many embedded functionalities of the engine allow for significant savings on complex developments and maintenance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MySQL writes "Good beginner base but it should have better support for backups". IBM Informix is most compared with SQL Server, Oracle Database, IBM Db2 Database, Oracle Database In-Memory and Oracle Multitenant, whereas MySQL is most compared with Firebird SQL, SAP HANA, Oracle Database, IBM Db2 Database and Percona Server. See our IBM Informix vs. MySQL report.

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