MongoDB and MySQL are similar is some ways, but they also have some obvious differences. Perhaps the most obvious one is that MongoDB is a NoSQL database, while MySQL only responds to commands written in SQL.

Potential users may want to examine MongoDB vs. MySQL in the areas of performance and speed. The following article will help you understand the differences, as well as the pros and cons of each database.

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Table of Contents

  1. Pros and Cons of MongoDB
  2. Pros and Cons of My SQL
  3. MongoDB vs. My SQL Performance
  4. MySQL vs. MongoDB Speed
  5. Choosing Between MySQL and MongoDB
  6. Optimize Your Data with Xplenty

Pros and Cons of MongoDB

For the most part, users seem to like MongoDB. Reviewers on TrustRadius give the document-oriented database a fairly high rating.

Some of the things that authentic MongoDB users say they like about the database are: 

  • Scalability
  • Readable queries
  • NoSQL
  • Change streams and graph queries
  • A flexible schema for altering data elements
  • Data structure
  • Easy installation

Though many reviews about MongoDB are good, some users do report negatives. The cons include:

  • A steep learning curve
  • Lack of joins
  • Occasional slowness in the cloud environment.
  • High memory consumption
  • Poorly structured documentation
  • Lack of built-in analytics.

Pros and Cons of MySQL

MySQL also enjoys a high score on TrustRadius. Users mention plenty of pros and cons.

Some of the positive features that users frequently mention include MySQL’s: 

  • Portability
  • Excellent functionality
  • Exceptional data security standards
  • User-friendly interface
  • Rapid processing and indexing
  • Ability to handle large databases

Of course, even people who enjoy using MySQL note features they don’t like. Some of their complaints are:

  • Reliance on SQL
  • Dependence on add-on features
  • No Java or Python integration or embedding
  • Limitations on common table expressions
  • Difficulties with some complex data types

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MongoDB vs. MySQL Performance

When evaluating performance, it's important to consider how each database would affect your projects.

MongoDB offers multiple ways to create queries. MongoDB also gets performance praise for its ability to handle large amounts of unstructured data.

MySQL performs well as an open-source relational database with multiple tables. However you plan to use MySQL, the database’s performance gets a boost from full-text indexes, a high-speed transactional system, and memory caches that prevent you from losing crucial information or work.

You can improve performance by integrating either database with an ETL tool that can make data storage and manipulation in real-time easier.

MySQL vs. MongoDB Speed

In the MySQL vs. MongoDB speed debate, MongoDB usually comes out as the winner. MongoDB can accept large amounts of unstructured data much faster than MySQL thanks to slave replication and master replication. Depending on the types of data that you collect, you may benefit significantly from this feature. 

MongoDB doesn’t force you into a vendor lock-in, which gives you the opportunity to improve its performance. If a vendor doesn’t provide you with superb client services, then you can search for an alternative that will help make your database more efficient and flexible.

You can also use Xplenty to simplify the MongoDB ETL process. The two integrate easily to give you more control over your data.

Choosing Between MySQL and MongoDB

Whether you choose MySQL or MongoDB will probably depend on how you plan to use your database.

MySQL works best for projects that benefit from a strong relational database management system or replication, which means storing data in a table format. MySQL is also an excellent option for users who are concerned with data safety and fault tolerance. Additionally, the high availability of MySQL makes it easy for team members to learn the system.

MongoDB lets you take advantage of data clusters and search languages other than SQL. Anyone familiar with a modern coding language will have the basic skills to use MongoDB. It also excels at scaling quickly, letting multiple teams collaborate, and storing diverse data formats.

Although MongoDB has a lot going for it, some people will have difficulty understanding the information stored in it because it doesn’t use data tables that make browsing easy. You should factor in training time for your staff if you do plan to use this platform. Over time, though, users will get used to MongoDB’s document-oriented storage system, and it will become simpler to use.

Do you need non-relational databases? A database schema? Looking for a way to integrate Javascript? These will all factor into your final decision of which platform you prefer. Both MongoDB and MySQL use SSL and offer a quality database structure. From querying speed to master-slave relationships and JSON-like documents, they work well in many areas. In fact, most companies find either selection to be a good one. 

You can improve the speed, performance and flexibility of either database by connecting it to Xplenty, which features cloud computing and works well with big data.

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Optimize Your Data with Xplenty

 

Xplenty’s ETL solution works quickly to extract information from any database, including MySQL and MongoDB. It can then reformat and transform the data. When you use it with the previously mentioned platforms, you'll find that Xplenty makes it much easier to move data in and out of the databases. It's also simpler to make that same data available to other systems and users, as needed. If you're not satisfied with how your data is being transferred at the moment, it's time to look into a better option, like Xplenty.

Xplenty users also benefit from its no-code and low-code environment. Extracting data from MySQL becomes much easier when you connect the database to Xplenty because you can find the information you need without having to learn a query language.

For more information on Xplenty's native MongoDB or MySQL connectors, visit our Integration page to get started.