MySQL in Government

Governments worldwide are one of the biggest consumers and spenders of IT. For example, the United States government is spending approximately $75 billion annually on over 6,000 separate IT investments. As part of the latest set of budget priorities, Steven van Roekel, the United States Federal Chief Information officer is asking federal local and state agencies to do "Do More with Less" to maximize the Return on Investment (ROI) of Federal IT.

At the same time governments have pledged to improve services by being more open and transparent with the mountains of valuable data they collect. As a result, governments are challenged with the seemingly impossible: improve and expand services while cutting costs.

Open Source in Government

Governments have taken the initiative to adopt an open source strategy in order to reduce costs, improve government data sharing, and return value to taxpayers. Not only are governments consumers of open source software but many projects are being contributed back to the open source community.

MySQL Advantages

Governments worldwide as well as US federal, state and local governments are choosing MySQL as a cost-effective and easy to use solution to manage their data and develop new innovative applications. MySQL provides the following unique capabilities that make it the world's most popular open source database:

  • Reduce Database TCO by 90+% - MySQL is budget friendly. Governments can save over 90% of their database costs by choosing MySQL over Microsoft SQL Server
  • Easy to Use - Developers can get MySQL installed, configured and begin developing applications in less than 10 mintues so they can get applications to market faster
  • Easy to Manage - MySQL doesn't require high cost specialized skills to manage. MySQL Developers and SysAdmins are able to manage MySQL
  • High-Performance, Scalable & Reliable - 9 out of 10 of the most trafficked web sites in the world choose MySQL to power their business critical properties. Facebook manages 1 billion users with MySQL
  • High Availability - MySQL offers a range of solutions for database high availability, to automatically detect and recover from failures - whether these occur at the network, host, OS or database layer - as well as minimize downtime resulting from scheduled maintenance activities
  • MySQL Enterprise Security - MySQL Enterprise Edition provides with the ability to integrate MySQL with their existing security infrastructures including LDAP an Windows
  • MySQL Enterprise Audit - MySQL Enterprise Audit is a policy-based auditing solution that helps organizations implement stronger security controls and satisfy regulatory compliance
  • Huge Ecosystem - MySQL has a huge ecosystem of developers, DBAs and third party product providers that support MySQL, making it easy to find products, services and skilled people to develop and manage database applications

MySQL in Government Applications

IT Dashboard

IT Dashboard is the product of the Federal CIO's vision for a tool provides transparency into the performance and management of public sector IT investments. IT Dashboard tracks over $76 billion in federal IT spending.

Visit the Federal IT Dashboard »

We the People

We the People is an online platform on the White House website where individuals can create and sign petitions that call for action by the federal government on a range of issues.

Visit We the People »

opengov Foundation

The opengov foundation develops Madison, a new online collaborative legislative bill editing tool enables users to review and mark up a given bill before its introduced or while they're pending in Congress, and leave comments to justify the reasons for changes and amendments.

Visit the opengov Foundation »

Federal Register

The Federal Register is the official journal of the federal government of the United States that contains publications and public notices of government agencies. Federal Register 2.0, developed with free, open-source software, makes federal regulatory information available to the public in a web newspaper format.

Visit the Federal Register » allows the public to search and explore the content in the Federal Register by taking bulk XML from the Federal Register and storing it in MySQL.

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National Broadband Map

The National Broadband Map is powered by a new set of data from 1,865 broadband providers nationwide - more than 20 million records - and displays where broadband is available, the name of the provider, the technology used to provide the service, and the maximum advertised speeds of the service.

Visit the National Broadband Map »


Datamasher uses Federal Government data to create mashups to visualize how states compare on important issues like Education, Health, Income, Employment and more. It includes over over 1,570 Mashups and is an Apps for America Winner.

Visit DataMasher »


NASA is expanding transparency, participation, and collaboration and creating a new level of openness and accountability. is a collaborative platform for the open government community to share success stories and projects they are working on.

Visit open.nasa »

Open Government Platform

General Services Administration (GSA) produced an open source version of called the Open Government Platform (OGPL). Based on Drupal and MySQL, the core software includes a data management system, web site, and social networking community support.

Visit the Open Government Platform »

US Navy

MySQL Cluster is used by the US Navy to power the flight deck and operations management system on US Navy aircraft carriers. MySQL Cluster provides complete redundancy with no single point of failure and minimizes the physical hardware footprint requirements.

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