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Score 7.3 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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Microsoft Access

It's easy to integrate into existing operations. Because it's a Microsoft product, many users can learn it quite quickly, something which saves on hidden training fees. Our IT department never seems to have a problem dealing with glitches, not that we really ever have any with this software. I know that price wise, it's very competitive for smaller organizations.
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Pros

  • Zero manual configuration, you can get an instance up and running in just 5 minutes.
  • High scalability (RDS simplifies setting up master-slave cluster) and reliability (Multi AZ replications).
  • Automatic backups so that we don't have to worry about losing data.
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  • Microsoft Access is fast performing software, which is always a plus. I also appreciate that it connects seamlessly to Microsoft software, among other products. It is easy to troubleshoot just by googling solutions.
  • Critics might say that the software is simple when compared to similar other products, but I would argue that the simplicity of Access is an advantage. It is easy to learn and it rarely malfunctions, even when communicating with other systems.
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Cons

  • RDS is much more expensive than MySQL+EC2.
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  • Microsoft Access does have its limits in terms of performance. Our use for it does not mean we've reached this point yet, but we are a relatively small organization. For a larger company, I'm not sure how well Access would suit the needs of high data usage, or multiple users in the tens or hundreds.
  • The front end interface could be viewed as fairly simplistic (it's not the newest software out there in this category as far as I know). I don't necessarily mind this fact, but I could see it being viewed as a negative in certain situations.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft Access9.0
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I and the rest of my team will renew our Microsoft Access in the future because we use and maintain many different applications and databases created using Microsoft Access so we will need to maintain them in the future. Additionally, it is a standard at our place of work so it is at $0 cost to us to use. Another reason for renewing Microsoft Access is that we just don' t have the resources needed to extend into a network of users so we need to remain a single-desktop application at this time.
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Usability

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Microsoft Access7.0
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Microsoft Access is easy to use. It is compatible with spreadsheets. It is a very good data management tool. There is scope to save a large amount of data in one place. For using this database, one does not need much training, can be shared among multiple users. This database has to sort and filtering features which seem to be very useful.
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Reliability and Availability

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Microsoft Access8.0
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I don't think the program has ever failed me. It is one of those programs where there is always a solution if you know where to look.
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Support

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Microsoft Access7.5
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I intend to elaborate very soon via another update, after checking some of my notes.
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Alternatives Considered

Automated snap-shotting every 24 hours is, again something that I could just set up in minutes with a few clicks, though we also backup on cron jobs to elsewhere, and, because of our industry we have a HUGE "forensic logs" that initially live in the database but get archived off every seven days. (We literally log every single API call between our front-end and our application servers, and the data structures that the APIs return.
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Microsoft Access can be used on the Windows platform, which most organizations use, especially our own, which is one of the reasons why we selected Microsoft Access. Access was also part of the standard Windows image that our company uses when imaging desktops and laptops so our users already own licenses for Microsoft Access so it was cost effective in that front. We could only dedicate 1-2 resources at any given time to managing our solution, so Microsoft Access allowed us to do that instead of SQL Server which would require more of a standard database management team. Lastly, using a desktop solution such as Microsoft Access allowed us to reduce the security risk by not having to host a server on the network for our database; the Microsoft Access database wraps up into a simple file which can then be placed anywhere on the internal network.
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Return on Investment

  • Using AWS in general, and especially RDS, has made it extremely easy to gain the trust of enterprise-level clients who have significant security and privacy concerns.
  • The scalability and rapid upgrade process of RDS has freed my business from a lot of growing pains.
  • Thanks in part to RDS, our hosting costs account for under 1% of operating costs.
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  • Saved time on collecting, compiling data
  • Allows ability to compare multiple sets of data over time and specific locations
  • Great sorting functionality
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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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Microsoft Access

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