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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Athena

Amazon Athena is well suited for those who want to be able to use SQL queries to look at and analyze their data. Once you get up and running with the system and have all of your preferences ironed out, this is a very simple to understand and easy to use program that can help make information-based decisions. How could you not love that!?
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon RDS

If you're operating within the Amazon universe of cloud computing, it's almost a no-brainer to utilize [Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)]. RDS is well suited for probably a majority of applications that are candidates to host on a cloud computing platform as it reduces overall management and complexity of your system.However, if you're doing a lot of data exporting/importing using tools that write to/read from the disk on the server, you may have challenges integrating RDS, as you have no access to the underlying host.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Amazon Athena
8.3
Amazon RDS
9.4
Automatic software patching
Amazon Athena
8.0
Amazon RDS
9.7
Database scalability
Amazon Athena
8.0
Amazon RDS
9.7
Automated backups
Amazon Athena
8.0
Amazon RDS
9.2
Database security provisions
Amazon Athena
9.0
Amazon RDS
9.5
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon Athena
9.0
Amazon RDS
8.3
Automatic host deployment
Amazon Athena
8.0
Amazon RDS
9.7

Pros

Amazon Athena

  • Pay only for the data you store. Huge money-saver right there.
  • Being able to query using a browser-based system.
  • Compatibility with other programs is a nice feature that is very useful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon RDS

  • For engineers with experience managing databases, setup is simple. And for the uninitiated, the RDS console interface becomes intuitive with some practice.
  • Not having the maintain the underlying infrastructure is a great benefit of using RDS. Patching and backups can be scheduled from the console and from then on are pretty much automated.
  • Right-sizing the DB instance to perform optimally with an application can be a very simple procedure. If a DB instance is not struggling to keep up, the instance size can be scaled up with just a few clicks.
  • Baseline configurations are generally sane for most RDS instances. This allows novice developers and engineers to get the most out of the service without being a complete database administrator.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon Athena

  • I wish that the program provided individualized access for different users instead of everyone seeing everything.
  • Initial setup can be a bit tedious for those unfamiliar with this type of querying.
  • Support can be a little lacking when it comes to additional features.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon RDS

  • There should be a proper listing of all parameter groups alongside the instances that they are attached to. This would help to see which instances would be affected if a parameter group is changed.
  • RDS should allow SUPER privilege to the master user. A few advanced tasks(like getting a physical backup using MySQL Enterprise Backup) fail because SUPER privilege is not available for the master user.
  • A few parameters are not modifiable in the parameter groups and the access to the server filesystem is not given. This should not be the case because as an advanced user, you might want to understand things a little deeper.
Alok Patwal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon Athena

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 8.7
Based on 5 answers
The vast majority of things you'd want to do in Amazon Relational Database Service are simple to accomplish and remarkably consistent across database engines. Pricing, scalability and monitoring are easy to configure. If I had one complaint, it's that database engine specific features are not well documented in AWS, requiring reading external documentation in order to use some database systems to the fullest. But for most use cases, the defaults available in AWS are simple, easy to use, and good enough.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon Athena

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 8.9
Based on 25 answers
The product is fairly straight forward to use, and staff as well as knowledge base is pretty good for getting answers you may need. The product is a great, flexible alternative to adding to one's own in-house infrastructure. It's especially useful for environments that you aren't sure about the overall long term need. Amazon Relational Database Service is great for environments that once you determine the long term need, can be maintained by Amazon.
Mike Narumiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon Athena

No answers on this topic

Amazon RDS

Amazon Relational Database Service will probably give you everything you need from a traditional manual DB setup, except everything is managed for you. The only downside is having to pay the premium for the service; however, the trade-off of not having to deal with the intricacies involved with database administration, make it well worth it for most.
Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Athena

  • Aided in decision making processes that has saved money for departments and the company.
  • The program takes over doing the majority of the work that used to be manual for a lot of people. Fantastic time-saver.
  • The program makes other programs not as useful as they once were, which helped save money.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon RDS

  • Switching back to RDS from Redshift has made my BI Dashboards much more performant (though again, we're not dealing with data in the magnitudes that justify the Redshift toolset).
  • It has decreased our tech debt. Engineering has been much more straight forward.
  • Our uptime has been improved by removing unnecessary data migration processes.
Kyle Reichelt | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Amazon Athena

Pricing Details

Amazon Athena

General

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

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.

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Athena
9.0
Amazon RDS
9.2

Usability

Amazon Athena
Amazon RDS
8.7

Support Rating

Amazon Athena
Amazon RDS
8.9

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