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Amazon Aurora

Many places where Aurora is well suited:
  • If you are trying to build a serverless backend.
  • Amazon hosted relational database service (RDS). So we do not have to manage the database maintenance.
  • Backup and archival can be done to AWS S3, which is very convenient.
  • It provides high performance and scalability.
  • It's very secure. You could use AWS Key management service (KMS) to encrypt and store data on AWS Aurora.
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IBM Cloudant

Do you need to provide easy access to data directly to end users?Do you need remote storage with easy to follow documentation?Do you already use NoSQL in any other projects?Is JSON the data you wish to be able to storage and index easily?Do you need to be able to easily replicate your database stores?Do you need to share your database with multiple users?
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Pros

  • Automated maintenance for upgrades is by far the most superior feature of Amazon Aurora. Never be behind on upgrades again!
  • Performance improvements for poorly structured schema due to enhancements added by Amazon.
  • Replication works flawlessly due to added security measures added into Amazon Aurora which prevents admin users from "accidentally" breaking the slave instance.
  • Amazon Aurora is hosted on Amazon's RDBMS which also includes quick and easy setup of new database instances.
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  • Support has been great addressing any issues.
  • The documentation is very easy and straight forward to follow.
  • The many storage locations and migration capabilities allow for quick and easy access to data wherever needed.
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Cons

  • I'd like to see Amazon Aurora get ahead of the curve on MySQL and introduce their own improvements to MySQL to make it a superior database so that I don't need to use SQL Server or Oracle to get performance improvements. For example, improve performance of views.
  • Amazon Aurora needs to improve the ability to restore backups as needed. Currently, the user can only restore an entire instance to a new or existing RDBMS instance. If you need to retrieve data from a single table, this can be tedious after waiting hours for an entire restore to complete. Instead, allow the user to select a database to restore. Better yet, allow the user to restore a database backup to ANOTHER database - which would allow you to restore a database on the same instance.
  • Again beat MySQL to the punch and introduce REAL server to server communication since they have disabled the "Federated Engine" which was the only way previously to do this. I'd like to be able to setup MySQL instances to talk to other MySQL instances.
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  • Not supporting temporary views can be limiting at times.
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IBM Cloudant7.7
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cloudant adds some features to improve security and data query like tokens and cloudant query that really adds a lot of power to these features over the standard CouchDB. also you can integrate your data into a relational schema using ibm dashdb for data analysis. everything is in the right place
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Support

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IBM Cloudant7.8
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Quick response times, knowledgable and helpful support staff.
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Implementation

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IBM Cloudant8.8
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Views and Keys can do a lot if you're clever about what information you need to check.
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Alternatives Considered

In the end, we went with Amazon Aurora due to the decent performance and cost. Cost was determined in two ways for us: 1) no additional license is required (such as using SQL Server or Oracle) and 2) the ability to cut down on needed resources to maintain the system from the maintenance perspective due to the built-in maintenance capabilities. Amazon Aurora is also based on MySQL (soon to include PostgreSQL ) which allowed my team to quickly and easily move our existing MySQL servers to a faster system.
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Cloudant is a hosted solution so it works better for me. Also, it includes a better authentication layer than CouchDB. As for Couchbase, it has membase but the hosted options are much more expensive. In the SQL world, I tried several sync solutions but the configuration and flow is not as smooth as the built-in capability in Cloudant.
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Scalability

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IBM Cloudant8.6
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The Cloudant's scalability is very powerful. Every time that we needed an extra resource to improve our data process, we got it. Cloudant's scalability responded very quickly and never allowed our data process get slower or stop for any reason.
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Return on Investment

  • Aurora Serverless has allowed us to inexpensively implement best-practices for our microservices architecture.
  • Aurora is mostly managed; our engineers can focus on features instead of database administration.
  • Aurora is capable of high throughput. Speed is not our first priority, but we still benefit from it.
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  • Cloudant allowed us to implement a project faster due to it being fully managed and basically a plug-and-play type data store.
  • Being fully managed meant that we spent a fair bit of time on the phone yelling at IBM Support because they didn't know jack about how to solve the issues we ran into/
  • Overall Cloudant worked for us because the project timeline and budget allowed for more money to be spent on services rather than hardware (OpEx vs CapEx).
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Pricing Details

Amazon Aurora

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

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
There is never a charge for the first $50 of usage each month. After that, data volume is charged at $1 per GB/month, "heavy" API requests (PUTs, POSTs, DELETEs) are charged at $0.015 per 100 each month, and "light" API requests (GETs, HEADs) are charged at $0.015 per 500 each month. API requests that read or write multiple JSON docs in bulk count as 1 API request.

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