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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon RDS

For a general-purpose workload, RDS is a perfect fit and works really well and takes care of a lot of stuff for you (replication, security, monitoring, scaling, storage, publishing logs to CloudWatch). If you have a read-intensive load though, you should probably think of switching to a NoSQL database service like DocumentDB or DynamoDB.
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Google Cloud SQL

Google Cloud SQL is a great resource for some purposes, but it's probably overkill for others.In cases where a database is not always needed (on sometimes, off others), it would be better to use a traditional software installation. If database needs are relatively small, software installation will perform just as well and be easier to support. If a database is only needed in one physical site or a small geographical region, it's better to use a regular server based installation. But as soon as a project has greater database needs, Google Cloud SQL is a great choice. Consider using it if any of these apply:
  • A large amount of data (10+ GB).
  • Decentralized access (many worksites, end-users, etc.).
  • Uptime and reliability are required.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
8.7
Automatic software patching
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
9.4
Database scalability
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
8.8
Automated backups
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
8.2
Database security provisions
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
9.4
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
8.4
Automatic host deployment
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
7.9

Pros

Amazon RDS

  • 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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Google Cloud SQL

  • It is fully managed, so it gives the user a hands-off approach to relational storage.
  • It has well-built APIs, so it is easy to access in a multitude of ways.
  • It is reasonably easy to use with the Google Cloud Console, so users can access it using a user interface.
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Cons

Amazon RDS

  • 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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Google Cloud SQL

  • There are no multi-master replication options. That may be a problem on distributed, high load, high performance environments.
  • Not many DB vendors available. MySQL came first, PostgreSQL took longer to be available and just now SQL Server is being offered as Beta.
  • Can get pricey quickly if you need to grow fast and much.
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Usability

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 8.3
Based on 3 answers
I've been using AWS Relational Database Services in several projects in different environments and from the AWS products, maybe this one together to EC2 are my favourite. They deliver what they promise. Reliable, fast, easy and with a fair price (in comparison to commercial products which have obscure license agreements).
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Google Cloud SQL

No score
No answers yet
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Support

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 9.1
Based on 7 answers
Support for overall AWS services is a 10. We had one issue with creating a dev / stage / prod database within Aurora and a quick call with Amazon allowed us to figure out the issues we were having and it was determined it was how we were creating our initial setup of the databases
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Google Cloud SQL

Google Cloud SQL 6.7
Based on 3 answers
Support for Google Cloud SQL is much like support for any other Google Cloud resource. There is extensive documentation from Google and some from the outside community. Google also provides surprisingly effective on-page tutorials to help when starting out. For anybody who is technically inclined, this will be more than enough to get started, the rest is just good old fashioned database administration.If personalized support is required, as with all Google Cloud resources, a paid support plan is required. This can be frustrating, but given the uniqueness and complexity of the platform for individual users, this is probably not avoidable.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon RDS

Our other application components are all hosted within Amazon's systems already, and the tight coupling of RDS with the security groups and virtual private cloud offerings made locking down privacy and security much easier than integrating with an outside provider. The deeper support for Postgres also made it easier to make the decision for Amazon as that database was higher on our wish list.
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Google Cloud SQL

The Google Cloud SQL offering fits into our development stack and was a clean replacement for our MySQL database. If we had been using SQL Server instead, then the offering from Azure would have made more sense. I have used both in the past and both work well, with GCP being a little less expensive.
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Return on Investment

Amazon RDS

  • RDS makes projects much easier. Set up time is decreased, and it is very easy to create and destroy databases as needed for testing.
  • The ability to call AWS tech support for database-level issues and advice is a money saver if you don't have a high-end DBA on your team or need someone else to set things up with a little assistance.
  • It is cheap and easy to grant secure access to your RDS instances to other companies or divisions of your company that use AWS.
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Google Cloud SQL

  • Google Cloud SQL has reduced our operational costs by not having to manage our own instance of the MySQL server.
  • Since code and SQL instance are now decoupled, it was possible to scale where we had to.
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Pricing Details

Amazon RDS

General

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

Google Cloud SQL

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon RDS
9.0
Google Cloud SQL
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
9.0

Usability

Amazon RDS
8.3
Google Cloud SQL

Support

Amazon RDS
9.1
Google Cloud SQL
6.7

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