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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Mysql free enterprise edition

By Justin Silverton


Many people may not realize that mysql has a free, enterprise version of the open-source database application.

It's called maxdb and available here: http://www.mysql.com/products/maxdb/

Here are some benefits:

  • Reduced cost of your SAP implementation
  • Easy configuration and low administration
  • Elaborate backup and restore capabilities
  • Continuous operation, no scheduled downtimes required
  • Designed for large number of users and high workloads
  • Scales to database sizes in the terabytes
  • High availability through cluster and hot-standby support
  • Synchronization Manager to control enterprise-wide data replication
  • Easy-to-use graphical database tools
  • Available for all enterprise HW/OS platforms
  • Supports all major SAP solutions
Languages supported (APIs):


  • JDBC
  • ODBC
  • SQLDBC (native C/C++ interface)
  • Precompiler (to be [re-]released soon)
  • PHP
  • Perl
  • Python
  • WebDAV
  • OLE DB, ADO, DAO, RDO and .NET via ODBC
  • Delphi and TCL via Third Party Programming Interfaces
Platforms supported

  • HP-UX (HP-PA, ia64)
  • IBM AIX (Power)
  • Linux (x86_32, x86_64, ia64, PPC_64)
  • Sun Solaris (SPARC, x86-64 support planned)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 (x86_32)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (x86_32, x86_64, ia64)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (x86_32)
Differences from mysql

MaxDB is a mature product with 30 year history. The system offers built-in hot backup, does not need any online reorganizations and claims to be SQL 92 Entry-Level compatible. One current development goal is "zero administration" and by this "low TCO".

Over the last years MaxDB has been intensively be improved, especially for mySAP Business Suite environments. You can expect very good OLTP performance combined with relatively low hardware requirements.

Uninterrupted operations and stability is another strength of MaxDB.

Helpful Links

Performance: http://dev.mysql.com/tech-resources/articles/maxdb-performance-primer.pdf
Helpful Hints: http://maxdb.yapabout.com/

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