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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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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
8.0
Automatic software patching
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
9.2
Database scalability
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
7.6
Automated backups
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
10.0
Database security provisions
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
8.4
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
7.6
Automatic host deployment
Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
5.0

Pros

  • Security... being in the AWS stack, you get all the "warm and fuzzies" that come with knowing your data is secure. And user management couldn't be easier.
  • Flexibility... Aurora, PostreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server--RDS can run any of them.
  • Scalability... when all else fails, add more hardware! To a point... and there is a point (see: petabytes) at which you might consider bumping up to RedShift, but for the other 99.99%, RDS is the place to be.
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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

  • 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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  • 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

Running our database on RDS has been a good option as we originally thought most of our database would be running on EC2 instances and they we needed root access to the machine. We found out that wasn't the case and just needed to change our mindset.
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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

  • Very positive. It has reduced our need to have IT Operations and DBA resources, and with Aurora we have been able to get better performance with less compute power required (that is, with a lower monthly spend).
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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
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Google Cloud SQL

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