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Amazon RDS

Top Rated
68 Ratings

Amazon RDS

Top Rated
68 Ratings
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Score 8.4 out of 101

Google Cloud SQL

19 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon RDS

If you want to run a database in the cloud, RDS is definitely the way to go. I have not come across any scenarios that would indicate a better option.
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Google Cloud SQL

When you need relational storage.Not when you need warehousing.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
8.1
Automatic software patching
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
9.3
Database scalability
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
7.8
Automated backups
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
10.0
Database security provisions
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
8.5
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
7.8
Automatic host deployment
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
5.0

Pros

  • RDS provides high availability databases without having to manage your own servers.
  • Amazon Aurora in particular is a breakthrough database technology, and in particular with the PostgreSQL engine provides advanced features at a fraction of the cost of an Oracle implementation, with better features that have been designed from the ground up to support the cloud.
  • Aurora also allows supports large clusters of database servers easily, with super fast replication (~20 ms), and flexibility to allow changing resources provisioned based on workload.
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  • Super easy to set up: new instance -> Authorization -> play
  • Automatic backup every night! (Keeps past 7 days as copy as well)
  • Automatic failover, in case your main SQL instance fails, they automatically switch you over.
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Cons

  • Hard to debug performance issues at times since it is a managed service and we don't have all privileges.
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  • It could be cheaper. Definitely cheaper.
  • It could provide more information about failovers.
  • It could allow you to customize more.
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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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I don't know to be honest, but I think ease of use is their #1 feature.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive - Move to Redshift from Oracle could save us up to 50% annually on database licensing
  • Positive - Move to Aurora is helping us save on on premise support we pay for mySQL
  • Negative - still, hard to find a true cost of ownership until several months of use under you're belt
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  • Saved about 60% from moving to custom SQL instances
  • 99% faster deployment = lower cost for deployment in man-hours
  • It is hard to add access while doing development on the go.
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Pricing Details

Amazon RDS

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

Google Cloud SQL

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