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Score 8.4 out of 101

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Score 8.1 out of 101

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Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS is well suited if you need a highly-available, cloud-hosted, scalable database for websites or web applications. It can grow to serve as many queries as you need (at a cost) and is easy to configure. That being said, RDS can get expensive quickly depending on your use. If you're hosting a simple website or blog, it would be cheaper to stand up a database inside the EC2 instance powering the application. If you're not working with a lot of data, RDS can potentially be overkill for your needs.
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IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)

If you have a small development team that working with one of the support Compose products, it's a great fit. We've been working on the product for 2 yrs now and we're just now getting to the point where the cost/benefit of the managed vs. self-hosted approach is even worth considering.However, if your tech stack includes a product Compose doesn't offer (like Apache Kafka for instance) it means that you'll either need to find a different provider for those services or manage that portion of the tech stack yourself. It's a minor problem, but the only negative thing I have to say about Compose
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Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Amazon RDS
IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)
8.3
Automatic software patching
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)
8.5
Database scalability
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)
8.6
Automated backups
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)
8.6
Database security provisions
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)
8.2
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)
6.8
Automatic host deployment
Amazon RDS
IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)
8.8

Pros

  • RDS received provisional FedRAMP-High Authorization in January of 2017. When our clients ask us how our data is encrypted and secured, we mention that it's encrypted at rest on Amazon RDS, and that (so far) has instantly established trust in every instance.
  • RDS makes everything easy - automatic backups, encryption at rest (above a certain service tier), ultra-fast upgrades, and excellent configurations for event hooks and logging.
  • RDS is impressively fast and available. Our RDS instance literally has never had a failure or problem of any kind.
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  • Easy to set up.
  • Scaling is easy to configure.
  • Solid reliability.
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Cons

  • Currently RDS does not offer a No-SQL DB management through RDS. They have their DynamoDB offering for No-SQL, but I wish RDS offers popular No-SQL DB's like MongoDB in their offerings.
  • RDS does not provide access to the Virtual Machine. It provides access to the database instance but not to the VM that Database resides in. This is kind of a nice to have as it would allow for fine grained performance tuning of the DB.
  • Unifying RDS security by combining instance security model with AWS IAM model. Currently to manage an RDS instance you have to have two security models in place, one, to secure access to RDS through IAM and the other to secure access to the Database through the Database's own security.
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  • None I can think of
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IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)9.0
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I am very fond of the features and reliability of the compose DaaS, however I could switch if I find same qualities for lower price.
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IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)8.7
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It is great the only things I have stumbled upon is the non standard port 80 they use and sometimes expired SSL certificate.
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IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)7.0
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Very slow response times and the responses have often not been satisfactory.
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Alternatives Considered

Though you could get similar functionality using Docker, Amazon RDS offers a more comprehensive SaaS solution. With Docker, you still need to have an EC2 instance to install the Docker and manage backup scripts using EC2 snapshots or S3. But RDS provides that solution out-of-box.The advantage with Docker is the access to the VM. It allows for fine-tuning of the database unlike RDS.Overall, if the database is not provided as RDS solution, Docker would be my backup solution.
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We have evaluated databases and messaging services offered by AWS and we use some of them, when it had made sense. As Compose has added new databases and capabilities to their offering, we have had less and less reasons to use multiple providers.
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Return on Investment

  • Easy to get started: low time cost.
  • Scaling cost with usage — better dollar cost management
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  • Saved 100+ hours training our team on managing elasticsearch and further maintaining it.
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Amazon RDS

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Free Trial
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Entry-level set up fee?
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IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)

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