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107 Ratings
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Score 8.3 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

Google Cloud SQL

Google Cloud SQL was very easy to setup because our institution is already already invested in the Google Cloud Platform. If we had gone with Amazon or Azure, there would have been extra complexity and cost of getting established. The product is a great fit for organizations already invested in GCP. Google offers everything the others do, however third party vendor support is seriously lacking (aka the vendors refer you to other tools like AWS etc).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Amazon RDS
9.4
Google Cloud SQL
8.4
Automatic software patching
Amazon RDS
9.7
Google Cloud SQL
9.0
Database scalability
Amazon RDS
9.7
Google Cloud SQL
8.5
Automated backups
Amazon RDS
9.2
Google Cloud SQL
8.3
Database security provisions
Amazon RDS
9.5
Google Cloud SQL
9.0
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon RDS
8.3
Google Cloud SQL
8.1
Automatic host deployment
Amazon RDS
9.7
Google Cloud SQL
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

Google Cloud SQL

  • Easy setup - No host VM, no software installation or configuration required.
  • Day to day reliability - Not depending on host VM allows more uptime.
  • Long term reliability - Storage scaling, backups, and maintenance can be scheduled to occur automatically.
Anonymous | 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

Google Cloud SQL

  • There is some functionality you cannot do from the console, including, granting and restricting user privileges, among other database management capabilities.
  • It is not trivial to connect to spun up VMS. Currently, we use the Cloud SQL proxy to do so.
Cameron Gable | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 8.7
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

Google Cloud SQL

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Google Cloud SQL

Google Cloud SQL 6.6
Based on 6 answers
I haven't used support for this product since I deployed my first instance. After running it for some years, the docs have always been enough to solve any problem I had encountered. But speaking about the vendor, Google Cloud support answered well and in an acceptable time to the few issues we needed to get assistance for.
Leonel Quinteros | 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

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.
Anonymous | 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

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.
Bhargav Nanekalva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Google Cloud SQL

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

Google Cloud SQL

General

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

Google Cloud SQL Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon RDS
9.2
Google Cloud SQL
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon RDS
Google Cloud SQL
9.0

Usability

Amazon RDS
8.7
Google Cloud SQL

Support Rating

Amazon RDS
8.9
Google Cloud SQL
6.6

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