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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
9.2
Database security provisions
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.4
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
8.7
Automatic host deployment
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.1

Pros

  • Redundency
  • Managed Updates
  • Security
  • Unified billing
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  • No more internal servers is a big plus.
  • Transition was relatively easy since we came from another Microsoft database before.
  • Query running time has significantly improved
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Cons

  • Unable to run custom software on RDS servers
  • Customer support is lackluster
  • Price
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  • No schedulers available in case you require cron jobs.
  • Certain username are not allowed (root, admin, administrator).
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Azure SQL Database8.0
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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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Support

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Azure SQL Database9.0
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It has been a drastic change but the shift was so smooth.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Relational Database Service manages MariaDB and MySQL, so if you need to use those databases, then Amazon Relational Database Service will manage everything from the installation to the incremental updates needed for operation. Not having to worry about maintaining a database cluster has saved countless hours and stress, allowing more development in revenue generating areas of our company
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Comparing with Amazon Aurora: Azure SQL DB is 100% compatible with SQL Server and Aurora is compatible with MySQL and PostGreSQL. Because of if, SQL DB suits large enterprises with hundreds of databases better. Comparing with Oracle: the main issue is that Oracle will try to push all other services available in their product offering.
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Return on Investment

  • Removes need for support
  • Allows existing applications use the same DB technology
  • Integrated into AWS VPC already
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  • The bigger your organization, the more ROI you are going to see with Azure SQL db.
  • Moving to Azure SQL db will free up your DBA to work on the backlog of projects that often never get done because they spend a lot of time maintaining and monitoring onsite SQL.
  • Generally speaking, Azure SQL database is less work and less responsibility relative to onsite SQL Server or any onsite database.
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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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Azure SQL Database

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