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Amazon RDS

Amazon Relational Database Service is great when you need a Database solution that can work for you very fast. It is also a great solution when you need a system that can scale to handle very large amounts of data. You can get set up with a complex, large database eco-system in minutes/hours, and have the best security and backups scheduled. The alternative to doing this would typically be hiring one or more very experienced database professionals for not just the implementation, but also on staff to handle the periodic maintenance necessary.
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Amazon SimpleDB

Well suited for: Games, Chat rooms, real time software like corporate events, marathons and so. Anytime and anywhere you could use a NoSQL DB you should think of SimpleDB.
As an arduous AWS user, Amazon SimpleDB easily integrates with EC2 and other AWS module; and if you are not an AWS user, you also have a fantastic tool that will solve the problem for which you are focused.
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Pros

  • End-to-end management of your database -- including configuration, handling security, and maintenance.
  • Offers compatibility with many (and the most popular) database technologies -- including but not limited to MySQL, Postgres, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle DB.
  • Makes backups and replications very easy, which is one of the toughest things to do effectively.
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  • Flexibility
  • Easy to learn and use
  • AWS integration
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Cons

  • My engineers would be able to speak more thoroughly to the cons. I have only benefited from the fruit of their labor. I can say that, from a Project Management standpoint (interfacing with RDS via a PostgreSQL client and my dashboards), it has only performed well so far.
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  • Non AWS environments
  • Strict storage limit (but well we have DynamoDB for storage issues)
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Alternatives Considered

RDS provides all the features of databases you could host yourself, without all of the maintenance and headaches required, while providing more flexibility and lower TCO.
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It integrates beautifully with AWS. In some projects we use SimpleDB while we use DynamoDB for others, according to the characteristics of the project. If the infrastructure is AWS, we always think of one of them.
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Return on Investment

  • Much less time spent managing database versions, restores, cloning and uptime.
  • Allows us to create server clusters which can push our business goals.
  • Allows us to push the envelope of what's possible in our backend systems.
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  • Reduced database administration time
  • Reduced data model analysis time
  • Lower cost of resources in projects in general
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Pricing Details

Amazon RDS

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

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