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Amazon RDS

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Amazon RDS

Top Rated
68 Ratings
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Score 8.4 out of 101

Azure SQL Database

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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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Azure SQL Database

It is used to secure store customer client information. It also provides a multi-task feature. For example we can open different inatances of the same server or a different server, and can perform any number of operations.
I always prefer to use this product, but there are some areas in which it struggles a little bit. For example, it should decrease CPU cost and require less system resources . I hope the next version overcomes these issues,
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Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.2
Automatic software patching
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.5
Database scalability
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.5
Automated backups
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.0
Database security provisions
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.4
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
8.6
Automatic host deployment
Amazon RDS
Azure SQL Database
9.0

Pros

  • 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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  • The great thing about is even you are a pro or a newbie with Azure, you will not be tired of setting up SQL Server, the befitting pipelining of AZURE to cloud service where you don't need it onsite.
  • You always don't need to update services, patches and deployment of supporting services. Cloud does make it someone else's job to do this.
  • Generally obviates the need for building high availability architectures; Azure databases built within it are automatically highly available.
  • Highly scalable and has vast support for non Microsoft technologies.
  • One of the ways SQL Azure manifests being part of the whole stack is by offering multiple levels of implementation. If you simply need a website and a database, you can hitch an SQL Azure instance to an Azure website and be done with it.
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Cons

  • Hard to debug performance issues at times since it is a managed service and we don't have all privileges.
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  • Migration from on premises databases can be painful at first - but after couple of migrations it becomes easy.
  • Network capabilities and restrictions should be carefully evaluated.
  • It can be costly if you don't implement scale up/down automations.
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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

Honestly, there aren't a lot of great alternatives to RDS, and most likely the real alternative is just running an instance on your local box. While lots of other services (like Rackspace) offer hosted database solutions, RDS in my opinion, is the clear winner on price, availability, and failover support
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It's more easy to shift and get all the services up in no time, provide best up time and monitoring easily so you can get the best services which take care of themselves. It's a better fitting for a large company size.
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Return on Investment

  • Much less time spent managing database versions, restores, cloning and uptime.
  • Allows us to create server clusters which can push our business goals.
  • Allows us to push the envelope of what's possible in our backend systems.
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  • As compared to On Site SQL server AZURE is less hectic and less responsibility to worry for.
  • It pretty much easy to follow devOps or Agile for Backlogs as AZURE allows to take care of its own things.
  • Database scalability, Patching and Upgrading is the best thing it gives in return
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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