MySQL and HeatWave

With Its MySQL Database-as-a-Service CERN Empowers Scientists

Bertrand Matthelie
Senior Principal Product Marketing Director

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is one of the world’s largest
and most respected centers for scientific research. Founded in 1954 and located
near Geneva on the Franco-Swiss border, CERN was one of Europe’s first joint
ventures. Today, it has 20 member states. The organization uses the world’s
largest and most complex scientific instruments to study fundamental particles
and the origin of the universe.


  • Better support the scientists
    associated with a CERN research program who selected MySQL as their database.
  • Empower users, enabling them
    to be as self-reliant as possible.
  • Minimize complexity and costs
    for the CERN IT department to support the growing number of MySQL deployments.


  • Delivered a MySQL
    Database-as-a-Service offering to the CERN employees and the scientists
    associated with the organization.
  • Allowed researchers selecting
    MySQL for their project to get access to a database instance hosted by the CERN
    IT department, either from the start or once their application has become
  • Implemented the service using
    Oracle’s server virtualization software, Oracle VM, for increased flexibility
    and reduced costs.
  • Empowered users with a
    self-service approach, providing them with tools to manage MySQL themselves
    while handling backups and other basic database administration tasks for them.
  • Enabled scientists to rely on
    MySQL with increased reliability, security and manageability while reducing complexity
    and minimizing costs.

Cloud model has allowed us to deliver a self-service platform to our MySQL
users, empowering them while minimizing costs for CERN."
Tony Cass, Database
Services Group Leader, IT department, CERN.

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