| MySQL, the most popular Open Source SQL database, is provided by MySQL AB.
MySQL AB is a commercial company that builds its business providing services around the MySQL database.
MySQL is a database management system.
A database is a structured collection of data. It may be anything from a simple shopping list to a picture gallery or the vast amounts of information in a corporate network.
To add, access, and process data stored in a computer database, you need a database management system such as MySQL.
Since computers are very good at handling large amounts of data, database management plays a central role in computing, as stand-alone utilities, or as parts of other applications. MySQL is a relational database management system.