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mySql Doesn’t Scale – No Wonder Feedster Is So Damn Slow

November 30th, 2004 Tony Leave a comment Go to comments

I’ve been using mySql for many years now for small to medium-large projects. Its a fantastic free database that performs incredibly well. I especially want to tip my hat to the developers for mySql’s extraordinary performance with full-text searching released with 4.0.

However, recently I’ve been loading some databases with a large amount of data and I started to notice an exponential degradation in performance once the dataset started to get large (over 80,000 records).

I thought that I probably just wasn’t doing something right even though I am very concious of open database connections and make good use of indexes and database caching. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to chat with my favorite blogger Jeremy Zawodny at the fantastic Yahoo Search party (very San Francisco Bay Area, Red Herring, loads of venture capital, USWeb/CKS, late ’90s feeling kind of corporate party) for the WebmasterWorld geeks in Vegas this month and I asked him about my problem.


Essentially he clued me in and said that mySql wasn’t really built for enterprise level databasing and that I needed to look elsewhere. I had a too many few free Yahoo drinks and forgot to ask a good question. Hey Jeremy. Is Postgres any better?

Anybody have a copy of Oracle I can bum? :)

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