Jobs Trend: Elance Cites Surging Demand for MySQL Experts

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — MySQL experts are seeing accelerating demand for their services on Elance, a leading site for online work where businesses hire skilled professionals to get work done. With over 1,300 MySQL jobs posted in the last 30 days, MySQL is now the third most in-demand skill on Elance, moving up three spots since October.

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system with over 11 million installations worldwide. When Facebook first launched, it used MySQL to manage all its data – and still uses it today.

Combined with PHP, MySQL forms a “dream team LAMP stack” for Web designers and programmers. PHP adds functionality to websites that html alone cannot while MySQL provides fast storage and access of a variety of data. Together, these two open source software platforms work together to create some of the most dynamic pages on the Web.

Robin Schumacher, MySQL Director of Product Management, and Brian Aker, Principal Engineer at Sun Microsystems are not surprised by the MySQL growth trend.

“When you need a strong database management system – one that gives you the best TCO (total cost of ownership) – you choose MySQL,” Schumacher said.

Aker agrees, stating, “The thing that MySQL brought to the table when it came out was the ease of use and the ease of installation. MySQL came out in an era where comparable products were really complex and required a lot of knowledge to be able to use and install. With MySQL the user is able to take the database, download it, install it, understand it, and then apply it to their application.”

MySQL is an open-source application, which has been instrumental to MySQL’s product development success. “When you look at other open source software such as Drupal and Ruby on Rails – they’re all fairly easy to use – and that’s also what makes MySQL so popular,” said Aker.

Maurizio Gianola, Elance’s Vice President of Engineering agrees. “When I was Vice President of Engineering at MySQL, I experienced first hand the power of communities of remote developers working together. I could hire and work with the most talented developers, regardless of location. In many ways, the success of MySQL’s distributed force of developers inspired me to recognize the beauty of the Elance model that similarly leverages remote expertise.”

What are the future plans for MySQL? “From a product standpoint – we focus on three things: reliability, performance and ease of use,” Schumacher said. “When working on the product, we make sure that every thing we do enhances one of those three things,” said Schumacher.

“The future for the Web market is in the new micro-kernel designed from MySQL called Drizzle,” said Aker. “The Drizzle MySQL micro-kernel will be what will power the next generation of Web and cloud applications.”

And in all likelihood thousands of new Elance projects.

To view current MySQL jobs available on Elance, visit

About Elance Elance is the world’s leading site for online work where businesses connect with skilled professionals to get work done.

Elance provides a marketplace for professional services where businesses find the expertise they need, and an online workplace that facilitates the entire work process from hiring to collaboration to making payment.

With its vast network of rated and certified technology and creative experts, Elance helps businesses cost effectively get the people and skills they need, whenever then need them. Independent professionals use Elance to find jobs and clients, deliver great work and get paid for doing what they do best.

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Emily Borders