June 28, 2017

MySQL Tops Database Rankings

George Leopold

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MySQL remains the world’s most popular open source database while MySQL skills are by far the most in-demand among recruiters, according to the latest rankings of popular databases.

The Stackshare Database Index ranked the top ten databases by the number of technology stacks containing each data platform. It also ranked the most sought-after database skills.

As of June 2017, MySQL ranked first in both categories, listed in 5,270 technology stacks while there were 1,450 job openings for developers with MySQL skills.

The Structured Query Language itself was most often cited as the reason for implementing MySQL databases along with ease of use and a preference for open source approaches and cross-platform support.

The Redis in-memory database ranked second, showing up on 4,080 technology stacks. Among the top ten databases, Redis ranked highest in terms of performance, including nearly 500 developers who rated it “super fast.” Proponents also cited ease of use and in-memory caching.

Meanwhile, Redis developer skills ranked fourth among recruiters.

The PostgreSQL object-relational database came in third in terms of number of stacks in which it runs. Backers most often cited relational database attributes along with high availability, making it an “enterprise class database.”

The PostgreSQL database also cracked the top five gauged in terms of sought-after developer skills.

MongoDB (3,770 stacks) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (3,530 stacks) rounded out the top five databases on the StackShare index.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) Relational Database Service ranked second on Stackshare’s list of in-demand database skills with 833 job listings. It was followed closely by Hadoop (850), which was credited with a “great ecosystem.”

The database index nevertheless confirms flagging developer enthusiasm for Hadoop, which ranked a distant sixteenth among data store tools and service incorporated into software stacks.

MySQL momentum also was reflected in the growing popularity of related databases such as MariaDB, designed as a “drop-in replacement” for MySQL. MariaDB was lauded for its stability along with “more features, new storage engines, fewer bugs and better performance.”

A growing list of Linux-based platforms are now using MariaDB as their default MySQL replacement, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (NYSE: RHT), SUSE Enterprise, CentOS and the latest version of a “universal” open-source operating system called Debian.

MariaDB turned up in more than 700 software stacks tracked by Stackshare, ranking a notch below No. 10 Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) SQL Server (832 stacks).

Stackshare is an online community that provides access to software tools and cloud infrastructure services as well as side-by-side comparisons of software tools. It also allows companies ranging from Dropbox to Spotify to share their software stack with prospective developers. The online community claims more than 100,000 members, including CTOs and developers.

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