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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 9.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) ranks higher in 1 feature set: Database-as-a-Service

Database-as-a-Service

7.7

Amazon Athena

77%
8.7

Amazon RDS

87%
Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) ranks higher in 4/6 features

Automatic software patching

7.0
70%
1 Rating
9.1
91%
16 Ratings

Database scalability

7.0
70%
1 Rating
9.5
95%
16 Ratings

Automated backups

8.0
80%
1 Rating
9.3
93%
16 Ratings

Database security provisions

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.6
86%
15 Ratings

Monitoring and metrics

8.0
80%
1 Rating
7.7
77%
16 Ratings

Automatic host deployment

8.0
80%
1 Rating
7.8
78%
12 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Amazon Athena

80%
1 Rating
9.3

Amazon RDS

93%
51 Ratings

Usability

Amazon Athena

N/A
0 Ratings
9.9

Amazon RDS

99%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

Amazon Athena

N/A
0 Ratings
9.3

Amazon RDS

93%
24 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Athena

If you are looking to take a lot of the traditional "database administration" work off someone's plate, going with Amazon Athena certainly has "no code" options to optimize lots of database tasks. I would say this option is less appropriate if you have other Microsoft things at play, such as Power BI.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon RDS

Whether your organization is [an] early startup or large company AWS RDS fits in most of the cases such as 1. Easy to start, setup, used by [a] few or large developers team. 2. You can easily scale DB [instances] when your business required scaling as a startup or pay only for [users] to optimize cost as [a] large organization. 3. If your application requires SQL Server, Oracle, or Maria DB then you should use AWS RDS instance. 4. Your application requires better availability and security of data you can use AWS RDS instance. When AWS RDS is not recommended: 1. You need automatic scaling or capacity flexibility as request load gradually increases, better to use Amazon Aurora DB in this case.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Amazon Athena

  • The most obvious, is you can use SQL programming language, which a lot of people understand.
  • You can scale up to meeting higher processing times.
  • The data return speed (query speed) is great.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon RDS

  • Setting up and managing a new RDS is just a matter of few clicks.
  • Maintaining different version of backup is just like a matter of turning on and off.
  • Automatic minor update of database.
  • Best restore:- You can even restore to 1 second before time.
Rahul Chhajed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon Athena

  • Every dialect of SQL has some missing functions. I wish there was automated GROUP BY options here.
  • There are connection problems back to Power BI occasionally.
  • If you don't watch certain queries, it's possible that it takes a long time to run and charges you a lot of money.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon RDS

  • You don't have os-level or hardware-level access to the system, so all your performance tuning needs to be done within your application or within the parameters of the database engine that amazon allows you to customize.
  • Customizations/Extensions to the database engines are impossible, as you don't have OS-level access.
  • Migrating in/out of RDS with zero down time can be relatively challenging from a configuration and execution perspective, depending on your infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon Athena

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$5 per TB of Data Scanned

Amazon Athena Editions & Modules

Edition
Price per Query$5.001
  1. per TB of Data Scanned
Additional Pricing Details

Amazon RDS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Free to try. Pay only for what you use with no minimum fee.

Starting Price

$0 per hour, R5 Large (R5 Extra Large)

Amazon RDS Editions & Modules

Edition
Amazon RDS for MySQL$0.29 ($0.58)1
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL$0.24 ($0.48)1
Amazon RDS for MariaDB$0.25 ($0.50)1
Amazon RDS for Oracle$0.482 ($0.964)1
Amazon RDS for SQL Server$1.02 ($1.52)1
  1. per hour, R5 Large (R5 Extra Large)
Additional Pricing Details

Usability

Amazon Athena

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 9.9
Based on 4 answers
I've been using AWS Relational Database Services in several projects in different environments and from the AWS products, maybe this one together to EC2 are my favourite. They deliver what they promise. Reliable, fast, easy and with a fair price (in comparison to commercial products which have obscure license agreements).
Erlon Sousa Pinheiro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon Athena

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 9.3
Based on 24 answers
I have only had good experiences in working with AWS support. I will admit that my experience comes from the benefit of having a premium tier of support but even working with free-tier accounts I have not had problems getting help with AWS products when needed. And most often, the docs do a pretty good job of explaining how to operate a service so a quick spin through the docs has been useful in solving problems.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon Athena

Amazon Athena, a product from Amazon, competes with offerings from Google and Microsoft. Overall, I think your database choice depends on some of the other applications you are running at your company. For example, if you are using Microsoft Power BI for reporting needs, you might want to consider going the Azure route.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon RDS

[Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)] is much better to have everything in the cloud instead of having it on-premise once you can get all the benefits from Cloud. Of course, it can be a bit expensive if your company it's not growing anymore but if you check it in detail, you can see that the scalability of Cloud makes a lot of sense and also the reliability.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Athena

  • The query speeds help us make more decisions in a day (speed).
  • If you need more horsepower for specific times in the day this option helps scale.
  • The security of your environment is well protected too.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon RDS

  • RDS has made sure that we don't spend a lot of time resolving issues that are not even remotely relevant to our business use-cases. It has thus made the life of DB administrators easy which allows them to explore other avenues as well.
  • Using RDS for around 10 years now, we have never had an issue BECAUSE of RDS. It is a very reliable service.
Alok Patwal | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Amazon Athena

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