Does MySQL GIS Make The Grade?

Bob Zurek of EnterpriseDB posted a blog entry today titled, “We slammed into a brick wall with MySQL“. If you read his blog entry, the information he is referencing is in this press release, FortiusOne Migrates GeoCommons Intelligent Mapping Website to EnterpriseDB Advanced Server.

If you read that press release, it says:

“We slammed into a brick wall with MySQL,” said Chris Ingrassia, chief technology officer, FortiusOne. “As an example, MySQL’s rather limited and incomplete spatial support dramatically impacted performance. We were looking for an affordable database solution, but we required enterprise-class features and performance that MySQL simply couldn’t deliver. Plus, philosophically we want to support open source-based technologies like EnterpriseDB.”

I’m not at all familiar with the MySQL GIS support and only remotely familiar with PostGIS (PostgreSQL GIS). Is MySQL GIS support lacking or was that particular application of MySQL GIS a bad fit? Anyone familiar with both? I’m curious as to how they compare.

LewisC

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