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Amazon RDS

RDS removes the headache of maintaining and monitoring database instances, we do not have to worry about replication, backup and restore, updating the database etc as it's fully managed by AWS. So if you want to focus more on building the actual software rather than worrying about the infrastructure, RDS is a highly recommended
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Microsoft SQL Server

If you have an organization with over 50 employees then you will benefit from Microsoft SQL. Anything less than that and you are going to need Microsoft SQL Express. The full licensing model gives you all features for that edition. Things like compressed backups, clustering, and anything to do with more than one server will require the heavier duty licensing. We use it for most everything except our websites. Our websites run on Python Django which does not work with Microsoft SQL Server. Other than the lack of support on that front we are 100% satisfied with it at the moment
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Pros

  • Easy to handle master and slave nodes
  • Synchronization of data between the instances
  • Easy to administrate with AWS console
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  • Installing and administering a SQL Server instance is one key area that I've found very compelling when using this solution. If you are a power user, you can do many administration tasks via the command line. The visual tools are very good as well.
  • Development on the SQL Server platform is another area that I have found to be extremely flexible, powerful, and easy to manage code. It also integrates nicely with source control so you can keep track of changes.
  • Performance - While this is a debatable topic, it has performed really well with the type of business applications that we've developed in-house as well as packaged solutions (ERP, etc.). I especially like how you can partition data across multiple drives to increase performance even more. The key idea (as with any solution) is how it is architected within your environment to best suit your requirements.
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Cons

  • It's really hard to think of any areas for improvement. I think the console could maybe use a simpler interface or walkthrough for newer users who know what they want, but are unfamiliar with the technical terminology.
  • It would be great to be able to automatically spawn a lower-tier RDS instance for staging and development environments, mirroring the functionality of the higher-tier production environment but minimizing costs.
  • Because DynamoDB is not encrypted at rest (yet), it would be really nice to see more documentation about creating simple, semi-serverless applications with an RDS-Lambda-API Gateway setup.
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  • In terms of resource utilization, there is room for improvement for SQL Server, so that it can cost less CPU usage.
  • There are lot of third party services like SQL Search and SQL Code Guard. Why is there a need for these if SQL itself can implement these necessary functionalities inbuilt?
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Microsoft SQL Server10.0
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We have entrusted our organization on the Microsoft SQL Server platform due to its robustness and solid architecture. We have had very little downtime throughout the years and have found the platform to improve greatly with each new version. It's tight integration with the Visual Studio environment makes development much easier. Administration and maintenance is easy as well, utilizing its out-of-the-box toolset for ensuring that the database platform is running smooth and performing well.
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Usability

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Microsoft SQL Server9.5
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Once you have gained adequate experience to manage autonomously SQL Server sql server usability it is excellent, the fact remains that the SQL Server platform has a variety of very wide use, are so many variables to consider in a sql oriented system. Usability (mean maintainability) becomes more complicated if it is larger the amount of data to manage (with large I mean some TBs for each databases)
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Reliability and Availability

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Microsoft SQL Server10.0
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Its does not have outages.
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Performance

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Microsoft SQL Server9.0
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SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
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Support

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Microsoft SQL Server8.2
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Nothing is perfect but Microsoft does fairly well even though they're such a large corporation. SQL server has a large user base and there are a lot of support tools you can find without even calling Microsoft. The internet has a plethora of knowledge and help and Microsoft has also done a great job of making articles on their MSDN website that explain and layout a lot of different things with SQL. With that comes the fact that you still have to go to the internet or on the phone to get help sometimes.
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In-Person Training

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Microsoft SQL Server9.0
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It was good
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Online Training

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Microsoft SQL Server9.0
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very hands on and detailed training
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Implementation

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Microsoft SQL Server9.7
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Other than SQL taking quite a bit of time to actually install there are no problems with installation. Even on hardware that has good performance SQL can still take close to an hour to install a typical server with management and reporting services.
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Alternatives Considered

Automated snap-shotting every 24 hours is, again something that I could just set up in minutes with a few clicks, though we also backup on cron jobs to elsewhere, and, because of our industry we have a HUGE "forensic logs" that initially live in the database but get archived off every seven days. (We literally log every single API call between our front-end and our application servers, and the data structures that the APIs return.
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Oracle is also a good RDBMS solution, but it is costly to train your workers on it, as newer ones tend not to have much exposure to Oracle. In that case, SQL becomes the best option, as most newly hired students know the functionality of SQL Server.Morever, support from a company like Microsoft is a big deal, and integration of SQL Server with software like Visual Studio--which is itself a leader in that sector--all of these are advantages that lead us to choose SQL Server.
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Scalability

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Microsoft SQL Server9.0
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SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
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Return on Investment

  • Combined with metabase, RDS has enabled numerous non-technical members of our team to run and share sophisticated queries.
  • The engineering time spent on worrying about RDS has been minimal. We set it up once over a year ago and haven't touched it since.
  • We're relying on metabase and RDS more for operations-related dashboards, because it's generally faster to iterate on a simple query than a complex web application.
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  • low cost so that is affordable for all industries.
  • very flexible and easy to use
  • beautiful GUI and lots of features like security, debugging, intelligence
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Amazon RDS

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Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Microsoft SQL Server

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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No
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