You may have heard about the upstart MySQL database MariaDB, a branch of MySQL created in the wake of Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems. You'll find many great reasons to consider MariaDB, not least that MariaDB is led by the original author of MySQL, Monty Widenius. But there are reasons to stick with MySQL too.
For many MySQL database admins, Amazon Web Services represents the brave new world of cloud computing -- one fraught with disappearing servers, disk I/O variability, and other shared resource challenges, not to mention questions regarding the security of data.
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