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Amazon RDS

RDS is well suited if:
  1. You have a modest budget. If I were completely bootstrapped and not married to AWS, I might look elsewhere.
  2. You need a speedy, secure transactional, do-it-all database.
  3. You need the ability to scale seamlessly.
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MySQL

MySQL is well suited to be a backend database to store data. Since MySQL has been around for many years, lots of people know how to set it up and use it, making it easy to get support or bring on new developers on a project using MySQL. Previously, I've seen MySQL being used as a queuing system, which was not really what it was designed for, and lead to stability issues when scaled up.
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Pros

  • RDS provides high availability databases without having to manage your own servers.
  • Amazon Aurora in particular is a breakthrough database technology, and in particular with the PostgreSQL engine provides advanced features at a fraction of the cost of an Oracle implementation, with better features that have been designed from the ground up to support the cloud.
  • Aurora also allows supports large clusters of database servers easily, with super fast replication (~20 ms), and flexibility to allow changing resources provisioned based on workload.
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  • It’s available for free but provides a lot of functionality even for a free database engine. There are tons of knowledge sources out there in case we needed technical support and dealt with troubles.
  • Since our project was a genomics project, we handled tables with numerous rows (e.g. sequencing). MySQL is very stable and performing well in hard conditions.
  • There are many developers who are familiar with MySQL already, like other major RDBMS products. It is easy to hire engineers with reasonable payment.
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Cons

  • Cross-Region replication is supported for most platforms and engines, but is not available across the board yet. Where it is available it provides an excellent solution for disaster recovery.
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  • Complex queries usually require many resources to obtain results. Other software does not present this situation.
  • MySQL has stopped its evolutionary process since its change of ownership, so the changes it presents have become irrelevant to the operation of the service.
  • Oracle has avoided releasing the code for the detection and correction of errors so the essence of open source has been disappearing
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MySQL8.4
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It is best open source relational database.
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MySQL8.0
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I give MySQL a 9/10 overall because I really like it but I feel like there are a lot of tech people who would hate it if I gave it a 10/10. I've never had any problems with it or reached any of its limitations but I know a few people who have so I can't give it a 10/10 based on those complaints.
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MySQL8.5
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The support staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. I only had to get part way through my explanations before they had a solution. They will walk you through a fix or actually connect in and fix the problem for you--or would if you can allow it. I've done it both ways with them. They are always forthcoming with 'how to do this if it happens again' information. I love working with MySQL support.
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Alternatives Considered

RDS provides all the features of databases you could host yourself, without all of the maintenance and headaches required, while providing more flexibility and lower TCO.
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MySQL performs very well and has a great feature set. It gives the user, developer, and DBA a lot of bang for no bucks. It is efficient, cost-effective, and doesn't require other specialized hardware or software to run. Microsoft SQL Server generally only works on Windows. There is a Linux version but I've gotten mixed reviews on it. PostgreSQL is a true enterprise RDBMS that competes very well with MySQL but it seems to be far more complex to learn and to manage. MySQL meshes the best of all worlds together for a great RDBMS experience.
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Return on Investment

  • We do not require dedicated database admins, which saves both money and man power. It's easy for developers to manage infrastructure thanks to RDS.
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  • Saving on the costs of managing as many databases and sources of data - MySQL allowed us to push the datasets back to their source so we could then pull them all back in with another tool. This saved us from having to manage everything in house, freeing up a lot more time for analysis.
  • Our client base over 3 years increased about 75% due to client referrals and upsells. Before, we were missing points of data that would dissuade new prospective clients from coming on board. MySQL made it possible for us to pull in various types of data that then covered the areas we were missing. Combined with a new BI management tool, our customers wrote more positive reviews for us and brought more business in than we had seen prior to using MySQL.
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Amazon RDS

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

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