Can there be an alternative choice to MySQL?

Obviously:

  • PostgreSQL (my own choice)
  • Firebird
  • Oracle
  • IBM DB2
  • Microsoft SQL Server

You will find several. For an entire list, check here

A couple of common ones are:

MSSQL Express
SQLite
PostgreSQL

If you would like more details, you should check out A comparison of relational database management systems

You can even go the Document Oriented Database apporach based on any project needs. This might not appeal to you, however i wanted you to definitely be aware of option been around.

CouchDB

List and comparison of databases is here

I ought to add MariaDB, the industry drop-in alternative for MySQL. It is a fork, with plenty of added features : http://mariadb.org/

You will find 100s of relational database management systems (RDBMS). The men have pointed out many popular names. Check this out list for a lot more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_relational_database_management_systems

If however you specify the needs of the system we can assist you to pick the appropriate choice for you.

If you wish to try an OODBMS, Personally, i like db4o, though you will find others for example CouchDB and Cache.