MySQL powers 9 of the 10 top Web sites worldwide, as well as thousands of corporate web-based applications. When you are using Facebook, Twitter or Wikipedia, you are relying on MySQL to do so. When you are watching videos on YouTube, you are using MySQL. Anytime you search for events tickets on Ticketmaster, you are using MySQL.
While most relational databases were designed several decades ago for complex ERP-type applications, MySQL was designed and optimized for Web applications. As new and different requirements emerged with the Internet, MySQL became the platform of choice for web developers, and the default database for web-based applications.
Since then, the performance & scalability, reliability, and ease of use of the world’s most popular open source database, characteristics that made MySQL the #1 choice for web applications, have relentlessly been improved.