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Score 8.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant is generally a good tool for a NonSQL, document oriented Database as a Service. It is very scalable and reliable, and managed services through IBM seems to be working well. You can consider as almost no lock-in since it is based on CouchDB API structures and you can migrate to any other provider in the future if needed. If you need real Global Availability, like Asia / China you may need to look for alternatives.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

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

NoSQL Databases

Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
7.7
Performance
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
7.8
Availability
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
8.2
Concurrency
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
7.6
Security
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
7.9
Scalability
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
7.3
Data model flexibility
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
7.2
Deployment model flexibility
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
7.7

Pros

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

IBM Cloudant

  • For us, performance and scalability is the key, and Cloudant DB backed by CouchDB is scalable and performant.
  • IBM Cloudant dB is very easy to provision for sandbox, development, QA as well as production.
  • Support for Java for CouchDB app server analytics enables a greater control for over developers.
  • Schema free oriented very easy to program and build applications on it.
  • We love it!!
Naresh Jasotani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

IBM Cloudant

  • It was only after we went with the cloud-based solution that IBM rolled out an on-premise version.
  • We found that a 3rd-party ODBC driver was required for a few applications that needed to pull data out of Cloudant.
  • The sales process was difficult because the salesperson we used was not as versed on Cloudant as I had hoped.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 7.3
Based on 1 answer
the flexibility of NoSQL allow us to modify and upgrade our apps very fast and in a convenient way. Having the solution hosted by IBM is also giving us the chance to focus on features and the improvement of our apps. It's one thing less to be worried about
victor pease solano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 8.8
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

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 7.7
Based on 5 answers
It's mostly just a straight forward API to a data store. I knock one off for the full text search thing, but I don't need it much anyways. Also, the dashboard UI they give is pretty nice to use. It provides syntax-highlighting for writing views and queries are easy to test. I wish other DBs had a UI like this.
Bryan Redeagle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 8.2
Based on 2 answers
it is a highly available solution in the IBM cloud portfolio and hence we have never had any issues with the data base being available - we also do continuous replication to be on the safer side just in case some thing goes awry. We also perform twice a year disaster recovery tests.
Shiv Shivakumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 8.2
Based on 2 answers
very easy to get started and is very developer friendly given that it uses couchDB analytics. It is a cloud based solution and hence there is no hardware investment in a server and staging the server to get started and the associated delays/bureaucracy involved to get started. Good documentation is also available.
Shiv Shivakumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 8.6
Based on 6 answers
Very happy by the commitment given by the team which has been really good over the last 7 years of usage.
Nicolas Peeters | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 7.3
Based on 1 answer
online resources are good enough to understand but there is nothing like testing. In our case, we discovered some not documented behavior that we take in count now. Also, the experience in NodeJs is critical. Also, take in count that most of the "good practices" with cloudant are not in online courses but in blogs and pages from independent developers
victor pease solano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 8.2
Based on 8 answers
  • Test the architecture on CouchDB helped us to address initial design flaws.
  • The migration to Cloudant as such was very painless.
  • We have migrate our replication system to Cloudant Android Sync for mobile devices.
  • We have regular informal contact with the Cloudant leadership to discuss our use cases and implementation strategies.
Nicolas Peeters | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

IBM Cloudant

It's easier to use than Dynamo, more open than Firebase, and has better documentation that CouchDB... it might not be fair to compare Modulus, Modulus obviously suffers from some scalability issues and might not be in the same class... but its a hosted DB service we had some experience with in the past....
Wes Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 8.6
Based on 21 answers
As a DB-as-a-Service, Cloudant has freed us from this kind of problem. Using the IBM Bluemix dashboard you can control how many transaction are executed in milliseconds and this is for now our rating of scalability between 200-24 milliseconds for one http POST (insert document), well under the project rate that was defined by an order of magnitude.
Romualdo Gobbo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

IBM Cloudant

  • Saving in-terms of cost of procuring and maintaining hardware, which will be realized over the next 5 years.
  • Positive ROI in terms of the number of FTEs involved in maintaining our databases; our DBAs can now focus on other important and business critical applications.
  • Best ROI in terms of our organization's vision - they are no longer anxious / nervous to move to the cloud. We are already on the CLOUD.
Naresh Jasotani | TrustRadius Reviewer

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IBM Cloudant

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

IBM Cloudant

General

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

IBM Cloudant Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon RDS
9.2
IBM Cloudant
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
7.3

Usability

Amazon RDS
8.8
IBM Cloudant
7.7

Reliability and Availability

Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
8.2

Performance

Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
8.2

Support Rating

Amazon RDS
8.9
IBM Cloudant
8.6

Online Training

Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
7.3

Implementation Rating

Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
8.2

Scalability

Amazon RDS
IBM Cloudant
8.6

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