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Based on 372 reviews and ratings
Likelihood to Recommend
RDS is well suited if:
- You have a modest budget. If I were completely bootstrapped and not married to AWS, I might look elsewhere.
- You need a speedy, secure transactional, do-it-all database.
- You need the ability to scale seamlessly.
Developing and testing database queries implemented in reports used by end users. Also well suited for debugging queries, though it could be better at identifying specific errors. It's interface is definitely designed more for developers than end users.
Executive in Information TechnologyMechanical or Industrial Engineering Company, 501-1000 employees
- 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.
- Performs well even with large amounts of data
- Helps finds SQL errors before runtime
- Easy to install and upgrade.
- Some of the RDS (like Redshift) still lack a SQL programming language like t-SQL, but are getting better all the time.
- Depending on the database chosen, pricing is still dictated by the vendor like Oracle or SQL-server.
- For problem deep in the system, not having machine access can be problematic.
Vice-President in Information TechnologyHigher Education Company, 10,001+ employees
- Embedded documentation for PL/SQL functions is lacking
- Integrations with other data sources
- Not useful if you don't have strong SQL skills
Though you could get similar functionality using Docker, Amazon RDS offers a more comprehensive SaaS solution. With Docker, you still need to have an EC2 instance to install the Docker and manage backup scripts using EC2 snapshots or S3. But RDS provides that solution out-of-box.The advantage with Docker is the access to the VM. It allows for fine-tuning of the database unlike RDS.Overall, if the database is not provided as RDS solution, Docker would be my backup solution.
Return on Investment
- ROI can't be judged with just one factor, if the hardware has to be brought and maintained, we might need an additional resource for maintaining the database (database admin).
- Comparatively there are only positive ROIs to date, so we would highly recommend using Amazon RDS.
Employee in EngineeringHigher Education Company, 5001-10,000 employees
- The real positive is SD is a good tool and it is free from Oracle Corp.
- No real negative impact other than the thing is huge and somewhat slow.
- I've given it to developers and end users as well. SD is a great tool to view data, especially if you know a bit about the SQL language.
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