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Amazon RDS

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Amazon RDS

Top Rated
68 Ratings
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Amazon SimpleDB

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Amazon RDS

Redshift RDS - Data Lakes and Data Warehouses
Aurora RDS - nice alternative to mySQL or Postgres, but skill the performance and features of those other engines
DynamoDB RDS - scalability and flexibility like other no-SQL database
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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

  • Easy to scale. Need more concurrent connections or more space? Reconfigure and relaunch. This allows us to start small and have room to scale.
  • Easy to maintain. While db exploits aren't as common as OS-level issues, they do come up. With RDS, upgrades happen automatically. It's quite nice.
  • Easy to work with. If you're not doing anything crazy with your database and just need it to work, RDS just works. Sometimes, your user permissions might need to be set a little oddly due to how RDS admins are set up, but it's a minor nit.
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  • Flexibility
  • Easy to learn and use
  • AWS integration
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Cons

  • Not fully configurable. It's a hosted service and you sometimes needs to work around RDS's rules, especially when it comes to administrating the service. But, it's similar to AWS's general architecture, so not a huge issue.
  • Aurora is the "better" service from a performance perspective. From a cost perspective, RDS is fine and will likely improve over time.
  • Cheaper to run your own database on your own instance, but I'm really stretching for a con here as it's relatively so inexpensive.
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  • Non AWS environments
  • Strict storage limit (but well we have DynamoDB for storage issues)
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Alternatives Considered

There really isn't a comparable service. Azure was surprisingly complicated to set up and crashed at odd points during a POC without much help. We looked at Rackspace to check it out, but as most of our infrastructure is in AWS, any benefit to Rackspace's offerings were nullified by keeping it all in one place.
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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

  • Easy to get started: low time cost.
  • Scaling cost with usage — better dollar cost management
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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