Fashion retailer standardises on MySQL

Fashion website Net-a-Porter is standardising on the enterprise version of open source database MySQL to support future growth.

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Fashion website Net-a-Porter is standardising on the enterprise version of open source database MySQL to support future growth.

The company, which specialises in designer women's wear and has a million visits a month, is moving to MySQL Enterprise after several years of using the free community version of the software. The enterprise version comes with more advanced software and proactive monitoring tools and full support options to which Net-a-Porter is subscribing.

Daniel Cooper, technical services manager at Net-a-Porter, said: the MySQL package offered the company the level of support and service it needed, and was powerful enough for the firm's needs. Net-a-Porter turned over about £37m last year.

One of MySQL's attractions to Net-a-Porter is its use of what the vendor calls a "scale out" architecture – replicating multiple database servers on low cost hardware – as opposed to the traditional "scale up" approach of replacing systems with larger, more complex infrastructure. The firm said it could help users to manage growth in their businesses cost effectively through innovative databases and services based around best practices.

Despite its expressed commitment to open source, MySQL has been accused of back tracking in that area recently by making it harder for developers to use the enterprise edition of its database software for free.

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