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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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Snowflake

Snowflake architecture was designed at its foundation to take advantage of the cloud and then adds some unique benefits that support ease of use and increased productivity. The most popular cloud data warehouse platforms are all powerful tools and solid choices. With an investment in one of these, what really matters is how productive will you be using the data warehouse.Snowflake's 'data-warehouse-as-a-service' model lessens the maintenance tasks of optimization/tuning that have traditionally fallen to DBAs and ETL developers. There are no servers to manage, software to install, or indexes to tune. This allows data engineers and analysts to focus more exclusively on analytic tasks that will translate into growth for the company.
While Snowflake doesn’t have all the performance optimization bells and whistles of other cloud data warehouse platforms, this is actually a good thing and that most people don't really need all of them or miss them. Using Snowflake on the whole means less knob-turning and futzing with setup/tweaking. Snowflake has its query optimizer already built-in.
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Pros

Amazon RDS

  • Multiple availability zones for high assurance of uptime
  • Both hosted and local management/reporting utilities
  • Integration with CloudWatch and CloudFormation for automated creation and real-time performance metrics
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Snowflake

  • Easy to set up and get running.
  • Great support.
  • Integrates well with Amazon AWS.
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Cons

Amazon RDS

  • Hard to debug performance issues at times since it is a managed service and we don't have all privileges.
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Snowflake

  • Charting features could be better.
  • Reporting tools are not very extensive, creating a need for combining with other tools like Tableau.
  • Data Warehouse entirely on the cloud might be a problem for some businesses.
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Amazon RDS

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Snowflake

Snowflake 8.0
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SnowFlake is very cost effective and we also like the fact we can stop, start and spin up additional processing engines as we need to. We also like the fact that it's easy to connect our SQL IDEs to Snowflake and write our queries in the environment that we are used to
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Usability

Amazon RDS

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Snowflake

Snowflake 8.9
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Snowflake is easy to install/set up; manage the workloads easily using virtual warehouses. Easy Query development.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon RDS

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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Snowflake

We use SQL Azure as well. The internal trial of snowflake went so well, that we did not consider any other solution.
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Return on Investment

Amazon RDS

  • Positive - Move to Redshift from Oracle could save us up to 50% annually on database licensing
  • Positive - Move to Aurora is helping us save on on premise support we pay for mySQL
  • Negative - still, hard to find a true cost of ownership until several months of use under you're belt
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Snowflake

  • It will save the company money by providing a new business solution to data warehousing
  • Pay as you go allows the company to choose what it wants to pay for and use
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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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Snowflake

General

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