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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon RDS

For a general-purpose workload, RDS is a perfect fit and works really well and takes care of a lot of stuff for you (replication, security, monitoring, scaling, storage, publishing logs to CloudWatch). If you have a read-intensive load though, you should probably think of switching to a NoSQL database service like DocumentDB or DynamoDB.
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Microsoft SQL Server

With Microsoft SQL Server I can quickly develop a data storage solution for a .NET web application. The built in Visual Studio tool makes choosing Microsoft SQL Server an easy choice for getting up and running quickly. However it does require a large footprint, and would not be well suited for small applications where a NOSQL or static database solution would be more efficient.
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Pros

Amazon RDS

  • End-to-end management of your database -- including configuration, handling security, and maintenance.
  • Offers compatibility with many (and the most popular) database technologies -- including but not limited to MySQL, Postgres, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle DB.
  • Makes backups and replications very easy, which is one of the toughest things to do effectively.
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Microsoft SQL Server

  • If configured correctly with the proper hardware, SQL Server can be incredibly powerful, delivering millions of data points in the blink of an eye
  • If you're just starting with relational databases, you would probably be fine with opting for an open source solution. However, if you need a solution that can handle an enormous number of requests and return results with considerable speed, SQL is worth researching to see if it fits your needs.
  • Managing database using SQL Server Management studio provides very good flexibility
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Cons

Amazon RDS

  • My engineers would be able to speak more thoroughly to the cons. I have only benefited from the fruit of their labor. I can say that, from a Project Management standpoint (interfacing with RDS via a PostgreSQL client and my dashboards), it has only performed well so far.
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Microsoft SQL Server

  • The latest implementation of SSIS does not work as well as the previous versions when it comes to importing datasets from Access or Excel files. Rather than using the datatypes in those source files, it tried to figure out the datatypes by looking at the first few columns. This has been frustrating for us.
  • It would be good if SQL Server came equipped code checking. We currently use SQL Enlight to ensure that our code meets certain standards.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon RDS

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Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 10.0
Based on 5 answers
We are a Microsoft Gold partner and are very in depth with our SQL server development with out software and it would take too many resources to try and switch to another database product, not to mention all of our clients run SQL Server so we would then have to support SQL and another product which is fiscally irresponsible.
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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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Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.8
Based on 8 answers
SQL Server mostly 'just works' or generates error messages to help you sort out the trouble. You can usually count on the product to get the job done and keep an eye on your potential mistakes. Interaction with other Microsoft products makes operating as a Windows user pretty straight forward. Digging through the multitude of dialogs and wizards can be a pain, but the answer is usually there somewhere.
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Reliability and Availability

Amazon RDS

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Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Its does not have outages.
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Performance

Amazon RDS

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Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
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Support

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 9.0
Based on 6 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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Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.1
Based on 15 answers
While its really convenient to use for me as a web developer, its fairly expensive to use in a production environment. I need to explain or justify the choice of using MS SQL Server against its pricing tier which is pretty expensive. We need to think about how to keep the whole infrastructure cost reasonable while keeping MS SQL Server.
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In-Person Training

Amazon RDS

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Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was good
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Online Training

Amazon RDS

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Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
very hands on and detailed training
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Implementation

Amazon RDS

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Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.7
Based on 4 answers
As mentioned before, the implementation of SQL Server in a company that is beginning to use a new structure, which does not require any type of data migration, do not requires particular comment to make.
If you must to do a porting of databases from a different platform, definitely you need to consider the situation in detail depending on your needs.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon RDS

Our other application components are all hosted within Amazon's systems already, and the tight coupling of RDS with the security groups and virtual private cloud offerings made locking down privacy and security much easier than integrating with an outside provider. The deeper support for Postgres also made it easier to make the decision for Amazon as that database was higher on our wish list.
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Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL is so much easier to use. Getting data in and out of the RDS was so difficult we stopped using it. Microsoft SQL Server was so much faster and user friendly that we exclusively move all new databases to these servers instead of using services like RDS. With RDS we had a familiar interface in that we could use Microsoft SQL Studio Manager to access it but there was just way too many restrictions that we don't have in Microsoft SQL Server
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Scalability

Amazon RDS

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Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
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Return on Investment

Amazon RDS

  • RDS makes projects much easier. Set up time is decreased, and it is very easy to create and destroy databases as needed for testing.
  • The ability to call AWS tech support for database-level issues and advice is a money saver if you don't have a high-end DBA on your team or need someone else to set things up with a little assistance.
  • It is cheap and easy to grant secure access to your RDS instances to other companies or divisions of your company that use AWS.
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Microsoft SQL Server

  • Our company's tools are based on SQL Server (mostly), so the name recognition and integration has certainly been useful to align with customer goals.
  • The easy integration of .NET tools has meant that we can easily build features for our systems without much effort on understanding APIs or connectivity.
  • The security integration with AD, and the Azure AD, means that we can extend our authentication to remote users without much effort or development time.
  • The costs of SQL Server have gone up over time, and these certainly impact ROI, especially for smaller applications.
  • I'm sure most platforms have bugs, and there are certainly some in SQL Server. The limited fixes or issues we've seen in a few cases of implementing certain database features have meant we needed to implement workarounds. We have also had some tuning issues with plan regressions, however these are likely to occur in many systems.
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Pricing Details

Amazon RDS

General

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

Microsoft SQL Server

General

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

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