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Jyotirmoy Dutta
Jyotirmoy Dutta
Jyotirmoy Dutta works as a PLM Lead Consultant at Infosys with more than 13 years of expertise in PLM Strategy Consulting, Solution Architecting, Offshore Project Management and Technical Leadership. He has led several full life-cycle PLM implementations, in the Consumer Products, Electronics & … More »

PLM And MySQL – Keeping the cost of PLM down.

 
May 26th, 2012 by Jyotirmoy Dutta

This is going to be a very short post :) I was reading a few articles late night this Memorial Day weekend, which caught my eye. First, one was about “MySQL at Twitter” by Twitter engineers Jeremy Cole (@jeremycole) and Davi Arnaut (@darnaut). As one of the largest users of MySQL, Twitter uses the database software to store most of the data its 140 million users generate.

Second article was about “MySQL and Database Engineering” by Mark Callaghan. Here are some interesting statistics about Facebook: “More than 125 billion friend connections on Facebook at the end of March 2012. On average more than 300 million photos uploaded to Facebook per day in the three months ended March 31, 2012.  An average of 3.2 billion Likes and Comments generated by Facebook users per day during the first quarter of 2012. More than 42 million Pages with ten or more Likes at the end of March 2012.” And, to keep all these running Facebook uses MySQL.


One of the often-heard complaints about PLM is that the investment need is huge. Partially the blame also falls on the database licensing cost. In order to find out what the database licensing costs look like I tried to read Oracle’s Global Price List and their Software Investment Guide and SQL Server 2012 Licensing Overview – and ended up just getting bewildered. There are so many variants like Unlimited License Agreements, Processor licensing, Standard Edition Per-socket licensing, Enterprise Edition Per-core licensing, Named User Plus Licensing, Application Specific Full Use Licensing  etc. I am pretty sure a IT Manager just ends up getting baffled as well!

So why not just switch to MySQL? There are two aspects to this:

  1. Does the PLM vendor support MySQL?
  2. Does the IT department have MySQL DBA’s?

I am not sure which PLM vendors do not support MySQL yet – but it should not be that hard for them if the demand is there from end customers. Also with experts from the likes of Facebook and Twitter open-sourcing their tweaks of MySQL it shouldn’t be that problematical either to get optimal performance out of MySQL provided an IT Department has MySQL DBA’s.

As a side note, Sun Microsystems bought privately held open-source database maker MySQL in 2008. In addition, when Oracle bought Sun in 2009, MySQL came with the acquisition. So Oracle owns MySQL!

I would like to know from my readers what prevents MySQL from being extensively used in a corporate environment.

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One Response to “PLM And MySQL – Keeping the cost of PLM down.”

  1. Srinivas MD says:

    Yeah true, now a days almost all the online applications use mysql as DB, Even Facebook uses Mysql ( Mysql Cluster )

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