SYNTHESYS and EDIT data portals now Microsoft SQL-Server based
The SYNTHESYS data portals for European data and for German botanical data, as well as the EDIT Specimen and Observation Explorer for Taxonomists, now use Microsoft SQL Server for their database backends, which previously used mySQL.
This transition, in conjunction with minor changes in the underlying data model, will markedly improve the performance of these portals. The data is still drawn from the mySQL-based GBIF index.