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Amazon Aurora

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Amazon Aurora

When already using a relational database, either MySQL or PostgreSQL, the change to Amazon Aurora should be very straightforward. The main benefits you get are cost efficiency and ease with regards to the storage, as it scales with you, and managing clusters including failovers are made very straightforward for you.If you are looking for a database which can scale up and down quickly with demand, Aurora may not be the best fit. However, there is now an Amazon Aurora Serverless service which attempts to address this requirement. I do not have any experience with it, so cannot comment further - but it is possible it will fit your use-case.
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Microsoft SQL Server

With Microsoft SQL Server I can quickly develop a data storage solution for a .NET web application. The built in Visual Studio tool makes choosing Microsoft SQL Server an easy choice for getting up and running quickly. However it does require a large footprint, and would not be well suited for small applications where a NOSQL or static database solution would be more efficient.
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Pros

  • Amazon Aurora has high availability, since the customer started to use it, the database never had to be left out of service.
  • Amazon Aurora provides frequent and automated upgrades, which makes our database system always up to date on the latest features and security practices
  • Since Amazon Aurora uses MySQL as its core database, it is very easy to find specialized people to work. Amazon’s relational database management system also makes it very easy to expand and create new databases
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  • Easy to setup with the included Wizard that helps to get you up and running with the essential components covered. You won't waste a lot of time reading through documentation to just get started.
  • There is a large community of support for Microsoft SQL Server that can help to troubleshoot issues and explain how to tackle a problem.
  • The other components and modules to the system make is easy to setup backups and connections to other services.
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Cons

  • The cost of Amazon Aurora when compared to a simple MySQL instance is considerably higher, so we really need to look at and run some performance tests to compare if the performance improvements are worth the extra cost.
  • Although backup restores are a rare feature to use, when we need them it is always painful to restore our data. We are always searching for a database service to provide new and innovating features in terms of data recovery. For instance, being able to search on backup information to see if the needed data is there. It is a very common need to compare the hot data with the backup data, for example to fix some database data that a malfunction application wrongly updated.
  • Since aurora is an Amazon relational database service there is no way to run a dev database on a local storage for tests and development.
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  • Speed up installation times. A manual installation of SQL server can take up a good chunk of time. You can be forced to go through an installation wizard screen by screen and it can take a lot of time waiting for each screen to load.
  • Allow for easier integration with GUI's. SQL has the capability to use a visual query builder where you can drag and drop fields, tables, etc to build a query but it is not as user friendly as you would imagine.
  • Make the permissions more stream lined. Users can have permissions to a SQL Server but not a particular database and trying to find the right spot to add the correct permissions can be painful for someone who is new to SQL Admin work.
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Microsoft SQL Server10.0
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We have entrusted our organization on the Microsoft SQL Server platform due to its robustness and solid architecture. We have had very little downtime throughout the years and have found the platform to improve greatly with each new version. It's tight integration with the Visual Studio environment makes development much easier. Administration and maintenance is easy as well, utilizing its out-of-the-box toolset for ensuring that the database platform is running smooth and performing well.
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Usability

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Microsoft SQL Server9.5
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It was the first to introduce features to make it easier for non-experts to get things done and it continues to lead the pack.
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Reliability and Availability

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Microsoft SQL Server10.0
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Its does not have outages.
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Performance

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Microsoft SQL Server9.0
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SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
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Support

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Microsoft SQL Server8.2
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We've had problems with support bouncing the incident around between groups or engineers and having to repeat information that was already presented.
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In-Person Training

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Microsoft SQL Server9.0
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It was good
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Online Training

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Microsoft SQL Server9.0
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very hands on and detailed training
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Implementation

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Microsoft SQL Server9.7
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Make sure that all teams are fully represented in project meetings and planning. You'll need full involvement from networking, Windows, security, application teams, architects, and DBAs.
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Alternatives Considered

Unlike proprietary solutions like Microsoft SQL Server, Amazon Aurora does not need proprietary licensing, so we can use this budget to get cloud solutions with high availability and performance, at a similar rate. When compared to MySQL or Postgres SQL, it allows us to have a database system always updated with the most current features and security best practices without having to worry about it. In normal database systems like MySQL to keep the database system up to date we need to have someone always looking for new upgrades.As it relies on MySQL there is no extra formation for a team that is already used to a MySQL solution.
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I have used Microsoft Access, MySQL, and I have been a user of systems that run on Oracle database servers. All but Oracle are really intended for smaller scale projects and teams as they start to get slow or the performance will suffer once you start getting lots of data input and output into them. They are good for single user or single entry applications that can be maintained by almost anyone who understands databases. Oracle is a real competitor for SQL Server as it can handle large and small scale applications and data loads. It is competitively priced to SQL Server but I have heard it can be a bit tricky to work through in the back end. Since I only used applications that had Oracle databases on the back end I can only attest to the fact that the front end applications always worked just fine.
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Scalability

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Microsoft SQL Server9.0
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SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
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Return on Investment

  • The customers where we implemented Amazon Aurora database don't need to have an employee specialized in features and security upgrades.
  • The database replication and schedule for backup tasks are much easier, so less prone to errors.
  • We have never had a database downtime on our applications, which is essential for our customer business.
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  • Allowed my company to expand the services we offer and the speed at which our software runs due to the efficiency that SQL has.
  • Negatively, it is hard to find SQL experts or seasoned veterans who can handle the data load and enterprise level functionality we have implemented.
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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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Microsoft SQL Server

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