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Amazon RDS

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MonetDB

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Amazon RDS

Top Rated
68 Ratings
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MonetDB

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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MonetDB

MonetDB is great when you are performing adhoc queries on a large set of data. For example, if you store data in a typical RDBMS such as MySQL or Postgres and want to join large tables for analytics but the query runs unacceptably slow then MonetDB can act as a second database to offload complex queries. Based on my experience, it may not be a production-ready database since there aren't many DBAs familiar with it and due to lack of documentation, maintenance can become a little tricky.
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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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  • It performs very well with both a simple and complex query with multiple join operations.
  • It offers more advanced, enterprise level features such as clustering, data partitioning, and distributed query processing.
  • Loading bulk data is quite fast by taking advantage of multiple cores/CPUs.
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Cons

  • We have at times dealt with a few latency issues between RDS and our server instances even when they are in the same zone. This isn't a big deal if you're appropriately caching, but if you were to run a CMS, say Drupal, without caching on RDS from an EC2 instance it could be quite a bit slower than using a single box.
  • Occasionally Amazon will depreciate a particular version and you are forced to "do some work" to migrate your database in a time period you may not have anticipated. Not sure there is any way around this for anybody, but it's a thing to think about.
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  • This is an open source software so there are obvious drawbacks, the biggest of which is a lack of documentation.
  • MonetDB does not seem to be well known outside of the academic environment so there is less information when you are searching for answers of any type.
  • I'd like to see more use cases and/or best practices so that commercial companies like ours can optimally use all of its highly performant features.
  • The code is written in C/C++ and this can be negative if you are a mainly java-shop and need UDF - User Defined Function.
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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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There is a plethora of choices when it comes to NoSQL and columnar based databases. We use not one but sometimes 2 or 3 of them to carry out a specific purpose. We chose MonetDB because our engineering team enjoys working with open source software and appreciates its simplicity although becoming familiar with it did take time. I would not deploy MonetDB to production but it's a great backup option.
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Return on Investment

  • Provides you with six familiar database engines to choose from, including Amazon Aurora, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Easily migrates or replicates your existing databases to Amazon RDS.
  • It frees you to focus on your applications so you can give them the fast performance, high availability, security and compatibility they need.
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  • If you are familiar with a general database concept and played with open source products before then MonetDB will give you immediate return in terms of productivity since developers can quickly develop and verify their test cases involving back-end database with a large sample data set.
  • There is a stiff learning curve due to lack of documentation and sparse information available on the internet.
  • Overall experience has been positive since MonetDB gives you another option when it comes to building out a data warehouse.
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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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MonetDB

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