MySQL vs. PostgreSQL vs. Riak

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What is MySQL?

The MySQL software delivers a very fast, multi-threaded, multi-user, and robust SQL (Structured Query Language) database server. MySQL Server is intended for mission-critical, heavy-load production systems as well as for embedding into mass-deployed software.

What is PostgreSQL?

PostgreSQL is an advanced object-relational database management system that supports an extended subset of the SQL standard, including transactions, foreign keys, subqueries, triggers, user-defined types and functions.

What is Riak?

Riak is a distributed database designed to deliver maximum data availability by distributing data across multiple servers. As long as your client can reach one Riak server, it should be able to write data. In most failure scenarios, the data you want to read should be available, although it may not be the most up-to-date version of that data.
Why do developers choose MySQL?
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Why do developers choose PostgreSQL?
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Why do developers choose Riak?
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What are the cons of using MySQL?
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What are the cons of using PostgreSQL?
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What are the cons of using Riak?
No Cons submitted yet for Riak
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What companies use MySQL?
3818 companies on StackShare use MySQL
What companies use PostgreSQL?
3357 companies on StackShare use PostgreSQL
What companies use Riak?
19 companies on StackShare use Riak
What tools integrate with MySQL?
82 tools on StackShare integrate with MySQL
What tools integrate with PostgreSQL?
94 tools on StackShare integrate with PostgreSQL
What tools integrate with Riak?
4 tools on StackShare integrate with Riak

What are some alternatives to MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Riak?

  • MongoDB - The database for giant ideas
  • MariaDB - An enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL
  • Microsoft SQL Server - A relational database management system developed by Microsoft
  • SQLite - A software library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine

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