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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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Azure SQL Database

For large databases cost should be carefully evaluated as it can be very expensive. But for medium and small databases (usually 80% of the organization) it has perfect fit. Data replication (for disaster recovery), backup, security and performance recommendation are great tools and work very well. When planning to migrate from Oracle, start first with smaller databases - but be aware Microsoft is always improving its migration tools.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.3
Automatic software patching
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.5
Database scalability
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.6
Automated backups
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.4
Database security provisions
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.5
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
8.6
Automatic host deployment
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.2

Pros

Amazon RDS

  • High availability and scalability with HIPPA compliance for sensitive data.
  • Great interactive console and configuration option.
  • Great availability of cloud watch triggers.
  • Very fast and easy to create a backup and restore.
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Azure SQL Database

  • It optimizes cost - pay per usage. It can scale up and down as needed.
  • It can be migrated to from Oracle, MySQL and other on premises databases.
  • It is always updated with management and administrative functionalities being added weekly.
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Cons

Amazon RDS

  • It's a little bit complex for new users to understand all configurations.
  • Security group creation and maintenance is time-consuming.
  • Costly for small organizations.
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Azure SQL Database

  • In AWS, we have RDS concept - where servers are invisible and have only database access. The same concept can be seen in Azure but we don't need to see the servers. When Azure SQL Database is DBaaS and PaaS, no need to have access to the SQL Server of the database.
  • It would be great to provide administration related procedures or functions to analyze the performance and maintenance tasks.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon RDS

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Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database 8.0
Based on 1 answer
This is best solution as a DBA one could expect from a service provider and as a cloud service, it removes all your hassles.
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Usability

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 8.3
Based on 3 answers
I've been using AWS Relational Database Services in several projects in different environments and from the AWS products, maybe this one together to EC2 are my favourite. They deliver what they promise. Reliable, fast, easy and with a fair price (in comparison to commercial products which have obscure license agreements).
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Azure SQL Database

No score
No answers yet
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Support

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 8.8
Based on 5 answers
Amazon support is always top-notch. You get immediate feedback on whatever you are working through and given several resources on how to resolve them. Additionally, they are able to do some things for us, meaning we don't need to have a database administrator around at all time to implement their suggestions.
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Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It has been a drastic change but the shift was so smooth.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS provides more configuration ability, and also it's scalable and highly available for real-time response to the complex query.
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Azure SQL Database

Azure owned by Microsoft who owned SQL Server, so provided a variety of tools for easy migration/transition and from on-premises to the cloud; and management. I recommend using Azure for any on-prem SQL server databases.
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Return on Investment

Amazon RDS

  • Removes need for support
  • Allows existing applications use the same DB technology
  • Integrated into AWS VPC already
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Azure SQL Database

  • Cost saving is best for the company
  • Sociability and performance gives better user experience.
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery
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Pricing Details

Amazon RDS

General

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

Azure SQL Database

General

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

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