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Likelihood to Recommend

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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IBM Cloud Databases (formerly Compose)

IBM Compose is well suited when a technical founder or engineering team with basic experience with the datastores is able to quickly get set up and going with a datastore without worrying about setup or server operations.IBM Compose may not be well suited if there is already a team in place to handle datastore server setup or if there is an absolute minimum budget needed.
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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

  • 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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  • Instant setup: configuring and setting up a production environment for PostgreSQL can be an expensive and time consuming task, with Compose we just clicked "new instance".
  • Backups: same as instant setup - no need to worry about creating a backup flow. Backups are always available in the Compose dashboard and also accessible via an API for additional storage (i.e. move to S3)
  • High Availability: harder than setting up backup and monitoring, is setting up HA for PostgreSQL, since it doesn't have it out of the box, and there aren't official tools. Compose abstracts the setup putting multiple instances behind HAProxy, and your application doesn't even have to worry about changing instances.
  • Scaling
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Cons

  • Postgres, in particular, is configured in such a way as to prevent access to the `postgres` user. Considering things like database extensions are installed under this user, if extensions ever need to be removed/modified, you have to rebuild and migrate your entire database!
  • Cross-system database migrations are somewhat slow and, in many cases, require a great deal of manual work to ensure data type information (i.e. UUIDs or Integers) is properly set-post migration (otherwise many types are re-cast to strings).
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  • Better cost reports, before just increasing to another tier, thus increasing the price. This is critical for early stage startups, where budget is tight.
  • Add more data center options. As a comparison, a similar service, Aiven.io has dozen more options than Compose (basically all big cloud providers). We moved from AWS to Digital Ocean, which made us stop using Compose, since Compose forces us to be either on IBM or AWS.
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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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Usability

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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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Support

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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

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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MongoDB is the primary db we use, and Meteor is the primary application framework. Configuring MongoDB to fully support Meteor oplog tailing is a challenge - and when we started looking, Compose was those only MongoDB provider that had turnkey support for Meteor.Since we wanted managed Apache Kafka deployments and Compose doesn't offer Kafka, we found Eventador.io, which offers managed Kafka exclusively. It's a much smaller company and they're constantly updating their GUI console and adding/removing features - which is a mixed blessing. On one hand, it's great to get constant improvements, it's also a little confusing when thing changes or features are removed. Compose on the other hand, was completely "boring" - it was a mature product that did want we needed. Which is exactly what you want out of infrastructure...
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Return on Investment

  • Our databases are highly reliable, meaning our systems team can focus on other business endeavors rather than maintenance.
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  • We're still working on that. ;-)
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Pricing Details

Amazon RDS

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