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We performed a comparison between MariaDB and Percona Server based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"The stability of MariaDB is good, it has high availability.""I like the global transaction IDs (GTIDs) feature. It's quite reliable for replication between a master and a replica server, and it's a feature that MySQL also has but implemented differently.""It is a scalable solution. It easily scales up and scales down.""It's a very easy product to set up.""One of the great features of MariaDB is its scalability. It's easy to handle even with large databases.""It's easy to set up.""The most valuable feature of MariaDB is the power it provides. It is a powerful solution.""The most valuable features of the solution stem from the fact that it is an open-source product and offers its users great online community support."

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"We find the product mostly stable."

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"An improvement would be scaling it up to the levels of Oracle, especially when it comes to resilience, so that we can do higher transactions for two databases or power our operation.""Data continuity could be improved.""The customer service and support are okay. But the response time is slow. Moreover, the material is not available freely.""The PL/SQL performance is slow if you have big batch jobs running overnight.""The performance could be a bit better.""The solution can improve by having support for more integration. However, at this time it is working well for us.""It doesn't have the same level of maturity metrics as Postgres.""The price could be less expensive."

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"If Percona had flashback capabilities, it would be ideal."

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  • "There is a monthly subscription to use MariaDB."
  • "The solution is free, but if you want the enterprise version you will need to pay for some licenses but the cost is less than other solutions, such as Oracle."
  • "The price could be less expensive."
  • "MariaDB is a free-to-use solution."
  • "The cost is quite good. You can have the open source, free version, which has adequate capacity."
  • "It is an open-source solution."
  • "We use the solution's free version."
  • "It is free of charge."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It is a scalable solution. It easily scales up and scales down.
    Top Answer:In MariaDB, three aspects can be enhanced, starting with the indexes. Currently, the indexes are not as strong. The second area is related to exclusion queries, subqueries, or joins. There's one join… more »
    Top Answer:We find the product mostly stable.
    Top Answer:This is an open-source product and is free to use.
    Top Answer:I would love to see the flashback in Percona MySQL or even in Percona PostgreSQL. It's available in Oracle, the flashback. In Oracle, there's the utility of a flashback. It stores all the information… more »
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    MariaDB is an open source relational database created by the original founders of MySQL. It is considered one of the most popular and trusted database servers throughout the world. MariaDB is a valued component found in most cloud offerings and is the default in many Linux tools. It is also widely used by Wikipedia, WordPress, and Google, among other well-known sites. Maria DB easily melds data into concise information from a vast array of applications, such as banking, online shopping, websites, and more.

    MariaDB was originally created to improve MySQL performance. It is the most widely chosen database server due to the solution being super fast, robust, user-friendly, and easily scalable. MariaDB also offers a substantial ecosystem of plugins, storage engines, and numerous other valuable tools that make it very attractive for a significant offering of use cases.

    The solution’s newest functionalities include compatibility with Oracle Database and Temporal Data Tables, and advanced clustering with Galera Cluster 4, which make it easier for users to research data history from any point in the past. Additionally, the most recent versions include JSON and GIS features. MariaDB is committed to staying an open source solution.

    MariaDB Features

    • More storage: MariaDB works with more storage engines than MySQL and most other database servers available. Some storage options include, but are not limited to ARCHIVE, MERGE, CSV, MEMORY, BLACKHOLE, MyISAM, ColumnStore, MyRocks, and Cassandra.

    • Super fast: MariaDB offers faster authentication checks. The FlushSSL permits SSL certificates to be reloaded without a server restart, resulting in huge time savings.

    • Improved testing: MariaDB offers an extending testing suite that runs faster and can test more than ever before. Bugs can be easily fixed and invalid tests removed.

    • Genuinely open source: Every code in MariaDB is GPL, LGPL, or BSD. Client libraries [for Windows (ODBC), Java (JDBC), or C] allow linking to closed source software. All fixed bug cases and development plans are completely public. MariaDB is a community-developed solution representing the true spirit of open source products.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Faustine C., Engineering Supervisor- Corporate Data Solutions and Services at TZ Telecoms Corporation, shares, “The software provides a lot of information on what is happening inside the database. For most performance parameters it is easy to know if something is not right in the configuration or optimization which helps engineers take remedial fine-tuning measures. For example, if the database is underperforming it is easy to know which performance parameter can be adjusted to handle the workload. It is difficult to troubleshoot database issues if many performance parameters can not be monitored or debugged which is the case with some database management systems. It provides great monitoring of data storage, processing, and performance stability which is really important for real-time data storage and processing. It's a user-friendly product.”

    A PeerSpot user who is a Senior Engineer at a tech services company relates, “ The solution's high availability is its most valuable aspect. We have found the product to be stable and the initial setup is pretty simple. I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten. I'm very happy with it overall. I would recommend the solution to others. It's easy to find details about the product online and to learn about it.”

    Percona Server for MySQL is a free, fully compatible, enhanced, open source drop-in replacement for MySQL that provides good performance, scalability and instrumentation. With over 3,000,000 downloads, Percona Server for MySQL's self-tuning algorithms and support for extremely high-performance hardware delivers excellent performance and reliability.
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    Sample Customers
    Google, Wikipedia, Tencent, Verizon, DBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, Telefónica, Huatai Securities
    Pricefalls Marketplace, Micpoint, Rent the Runway, Transmart, Wattpad, Singular Group, Invoca, 3E
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Media Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise39%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise52%
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    MariaDB is ranked 3rd in Open Source Databases with 26 reviews while Percona Server is ranked 8th in Open Source Databases with 1 review. MariaDB is rated 8.0, while Percona Server is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of MariaDB writes "Allows for fetching data from multiple correlated or related databases in a single query, user-friendly and easy to handle". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Percona Server writes "Open-source and free to use with a good community". MariaDB is most compared with SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle Database and Amazon Aurora, whereas Percona Server is most compared with MySQL, EDB Postgres Advanced Server, PostgreSQL and Oracle MySQL Cloud Service.

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