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SaaS (Software as a Service), also commonly referred to as On-Demand, is a software application delivery model that is helping organizations significantly reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of their IT infrastructure and operations. By accessing applications over the Internet, companies can eliminate the huge up-front licensing costs and ongoing maintenance costs required by business applications that are deployed on premise. MySQL is a key component behind this explosive growth. MySQL provides a number of unique advantages making it the database of choice for leading SaaS vendors including Zimbra, RightNow and Proofpoint.
As an increasingly popular application delivery model, SaaS vendors must overcome a number of business and technical challenges to be successful. These include:
SaaS vendors are providing solutions in numerous market areas. Some of the most popular SaaS applications include:
MySQL is a key component of the proven, open source LAMP ( Linux, Apache, MySQL Perl/PHP/Python) stack, enabling SaaS vendors to cost-effectively build highly scalable, highly available hosted applications. Plus, MySQL Enterprise Edition includes the most comprehensive set of MySQL database software, services and production support so SaaS providers can achieve the highest levels of reliability, security and uptime for their MySQL applications. Many of the leading SaaS vendors, including Zimbra and RightNow rely on MySQL for the following reasons: