Fashion website Net-a-Porter is standardising on an open source database from MySQL in order to support its growth, scalability and quality requirements.

The company has chosen MySQL Enterprise, after being satisfied with its several years on the free community version of the program. As a result it will have access to more advanced software and proactive monitoring tools. It has also signed up for a Gold subscription for full support services.

The website claims to be the premier online destination for women's designer fashion, and over a million customers log on each month. The company, based in London, had a reported turnover last year of approximately £37m. It offers same day delivery in its home city, with express delivery to many other parts of the world.

Daniel Cooper, technical services manager at Net-a-Porter, said: "Providing the highest quality service to our customers is crucial to the success of our business." He added the MySQL package gave the company the level of support and service it needed.

MySQL is that it is based on what the vendor calls a "scale out" architecture - replicating multiple database servers on low cost hardware - as opposed to the traditional "scale up" approach of replacing systems with larger, more complex infrastructure. The firm said it could help users to manage growth in their businesses cost effectively through innovative databases and services based around best practices.

However, despite expressing a commitment to open source, the vendor has been accused of back tracking in that area, after making it harder for developers to use the enterprise edition of its database software for free.

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