Established in 1946, Sony Corporation produced Japan’s first magnetic tape recorder and transistor radio. The company is now a global leader in the development and manufacturer of a broad range of electronic products. Sony has also expanded into the entertainment sector through its cinema and electronic-game offerings. In addition, the company has developed a successful line of broadcasting equipment products—including an optical-disc archive system for professionals in the digital content-creation industry. The archive system adopts a new concept of managing data as files, while holding 12 optical discs in a cartridge for use as a single large-capacity storage unit.
After evaluating the features, performance, and costs of various relational-database-management systems (RDBMS), Sony chose MySQL Standard Edition because it offered the required capabilities, performance, and the flexibility of an open-source database platform. It also enabled faster and better product support service.
“We considered a number of possibilities, including PostgreSQL, but decided to use MySQL for our archive system. MySQL Standard Edition was the perfect fit, as it provided our customers with the capability to access, extract, and manage massive volumes of metadata materials in the system, and it improves product competitiveness,” said Takeshi Kanda, deputy general manager, workflow solution technology development department, Professional Solutions Group, Imaging Products and Solutions Sector, Sony Corporation.
Sony spent a few months determining which RDBMS to install in the archive system before implementing MySQL Standard Edition. It took approximately six months to complete the design and development. The company then began mass production of the new MySQL-embedded, optical-disc archive system.