MariaDB Server is one of the most popular open-source relational databases widely used in PHP websites, CMS like WordPress, and integrated with hosting control panels like cPanel. It’s made by the original developers of MySQL and they are guaranteed to stay open source forever. It is part of most cloud offerings and the default in most Linux distributions.
The database is built upon the values of performance, stability, and openness, and MariaDB Foundation ensures contributions will be accepted on technical merit. Recent new functionality includes advanced clustering with Galera Cluster 4, and compatibility features with Oracle Database and Temporal Data Tables, allowing one to query the data as it stood at any point in the past.
MariaDB vs MySQL Performance
MariaDB vs MySQL is a relational database management system(RDBMS). It is a fork (an independent development on the copy of MySQL’s source code) of the MySQL relational database management system. MariaDB is intended to remain free. Development is led by a community of some of the original developers of MySQL. The community had to fork MariaDB due to conflicts over its acquisition and ownership by Oracle Corporation. The initial release was done 9 years ago (2009). MariaDB is written in C, C++, Perl and Bash.
MariaDB works with a variety of operating systems which include Unix, Linux, Windows, Solaris, MacOS, and BSD. On the other hand, MySQL is an open-source relational database management system and is owned by the Oracle Corporation. Besides the fact that MySQL is open-source, paid editions are available. The paid editions are better and have additional functionalities. MySQL was initially released 23 years ago (1995). The RDBMS is written in C, and C++ and works on the following operating systems: FreeBSD, Solaris, macOS, and Linux. MariaDB is arguably better in performance compared to MySQL.
The following are reasons and properties of MariaDB that deem it better in performance compared to MySqL.
1. MariaDB Is Open to Public Code Contributors
MySQL hides behind large batches post-releases which is done for a relatively long time. MySQL updates are based on contributions from only Oracle developers. The updates are closed to public opinion and discussion. Hence, MySQL’s development does not benefit from the user’s opinions or views. MariaDB, on the other hand, is completely open and allows contributor developers from the public. MariaDB corporation is also more active in producing post-releases and documentation.
2. MariaDB Is Co-ordinated and Fast in Its Release of Security Releases and Upgrades
MySQL releases updates and bug fixes every two months. However, the security releases and the release fixes are made after three months. This makes the current MySQL not synched with the current version and makes it hard for administrators to do patch management and backporting. On the other hand, MariaDB releases its security releases and fixes announcements at the same time as its upgrade.
3. MariaDB Is Way Ahead on Additional Features and Updates
The latest update of MySQL; MySQL 5.7 looks juicier and better with added functionalities such as GIS support. However, for these new features of MySQL 5.7, MariaDB has already had versions with these features in the past.
4. MariaDB Has Plugins and Storage Engines Integrated in the Official Release
MariaDB comes with a variety of storage plugins and storage engines such as Cassandra and Connect storage engines, Spider, and TokuDB. The plugins and storage engines come as part of the official release of MariaDB hence are easy to use. However, for MySQL, the plugins and storage engines are available as third parties hence may take time to integrate and become hard to use.
5. Other Better Performance-Related Features
MariaDB has other features that are clearly way better than those of MySQL. These include a much-improved query optimizer and faster web server back-end responses amongst other performance-related features. For these reasons, MariaDB has been proven in real-life situations to be better in performance compared to MySQL. Most companies have moved their internal and external servers to run on MariaDB.
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