MySQL is a client-server system, which consists of a background (deamon) process (mysqld) and many different client programs and libraries. Today, more than 500 thousand organizations spend more than $1 million to purchase licenses for Oracle, Microsoft, Sybase and IBM. But that's money that doesn't have to be spent at all. Open source not only saves money, but also provides an architecture that is more extensible and flexible for most modern web applications. Not surprisingly, open source software has become a strategic initiative of information managers, financial analysts and specialists from many other organizations. MySQL is a unique offer that will speed up your work and reduce the cost of system expansion and database management. Due to its popularity, MySQL is supported by most applications, software tools and libraries.