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Microsoft SQL Server

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon RDS

If you're operating within the Amazon universe of cloud computing, it's almost a no-brainer to utilize [Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)]. RDS is well suited for probably a majority of applications that are candidates to host on a cloud computing platform as it reduces overall management and complexity of your system.However, if you're doing a lot of data exporting/importing using tools that write to/read from the disk on the server, you may have challenges integrating RDS, as you have no access to the underlying host.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Since [Microsoft] SQL Server is a widely-accepted and popular database format, it is well-suited for smaller and larger environments, thanks to the different SQL Server versions available. SQL Server installation and configuration is fairly straightforward, and can be installed on different hardware, depending on needs. It may be less appropriate where simple database usage is required.
John Suit | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Amazon RDS
9.4
Microsoft SQL Server
Automatic software patching
Amazon RDS
9.7
Microsoft SQL Server
Database scalability
Amazon RDS
9.7
Microsoft SQL Server
Automated backups
Amazon RDS
9.2
Microsoft SQL Server
Database security provisions
Amazon RDS
9.5
Microsoft SQL Server
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon RDS
8.3
Microsoft SQL Server
Automatic host deployment
Amazon RDS
9.7
Microsoft SQL Server

Pros

Amazon RDS

  • For engineers with experience managing databases, setup is simple. And for the uninitiated, the RDS console interface becomes intuitive with some practice.
  • Not having the maintain the underlying infrastructure is a great benefit of using RDS. Patching and backups can be scheduled from the console and from then on are pretty much automated.
  • Right-sizing the DB instance to perform optimally with an application can be a very simple procedure. If a DB instance is not struggling to keep up, the instance size can be scaled up with just a few clicks.
  • Baseline configurations are generally sane for most RDS instances. This allows novice developers and engineers to get the most out of the service without being a complete database administrator.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Good range of data types helps us store lots of diverse data
  • Easy administration helps us control who has access and what they can do with the data
  • Backup and restore processes are easy to manage and provide good security
  • Data can be easily replicated from Server to Server for use in other countries
Paul Nockolds | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon RDS

  • There should be a proper listing of all parameter groups alongside the instances that they are attached to. This would help to see which instances would be affected if a parameter group is changed.
  • RDS should allow SUPER privilege to the master user. A few advanced tasks(like getting a physical backup using MySQL Enterprise Backup) fail because SUPER privilege is not available for the master user.
  • A few parameters are not modifiable in the parameter groups and the access to the server filesystem is not given. This should not be the case because as an advanced user, you might want to understand things a little deeper.
Alok Patwal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Enterprise is unbelievably expensive.
  • Not tolerant of bad practices and poor query writing, really shows up when you do it badly!
  • Deep insight into what is happening with query performance is not especially great (but as mentioned in the "Pros", software support from third parties does cover this).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 answers
We understand that the Microsoft SQL Server will continue to advance, offering the same robust and reliable platform while adding new features that enable us, as a software center, to create a superior product. That provides excellent performance while reducing the hardware requirements and the total cost of ownership of our solution.
Lisandro Fernigrini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 8.8
Based on 5 answers
The vast majority of things you'd want to do in Amazon Relational Database Service are simple to accomplish and remarkably consistent across database engines. Pricing, scalability and monitoring are easy to configure. If I had one complaint, it's that database engine specific features are not well documented in AWS, requiring reading external documentation in order to use some database systems to the fullest. But for most use cases, the defaults available in AWS are simple, easy to use, and good enough.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.1
Based on 10 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.
Andy Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Its does not have outages.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 8.9
Based on 25 answers
The product is fairly straight forward to use, and staff as well as knowledge base is pretty good for getting answers you may need. The product is a great, flexible alternative to adding to one's own in-house infrastructure. It's especially useful for environments that you aren't sure about the overall long term need. Amazon Relational Database Service is great for environments that once you determine the long term need, can be maintained by Amazon.
Mike Narumiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 7.9
Based on 32 answers
We managed to handle most of our problems by looking into Microsoft's official documentation that has everything explained and almost every function has an example that illustrates in detail how a particular functionality works. Just like PowerShell has the ability to show you an example of how some cmdlet works, that is the case also here, and in my opinion, it is a very good practice and I like it.
luka horvat | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was good
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
very hands on and detailed training
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 answers
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.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon RDS

Amazon Relational Database Service will probably give you everything you need from a traditional manual DB setup, except everything is managed for you. The only downside is having to pay the premium for the service; however, the trade-off of not having to deal with the intricacies involved with database administration, make it well worth it for most.
Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server is one of the fastest RDBMS systems available in the market. Pricing is a bit on the higher side but all the features it provides pretty much justifies it. It can be integrated with a large number of frameworks thus enabling to work on multiple frameworks for your application without much worrying about the backend support or compatibility.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon RDS

  • Switching back to RDS from Redshift has made my BI Dashboards much more performant (though again, we're not dealing with data in the magnitudes that justify the Redshift toolset).
  • It has decreased our tech debt. Engineering has been much more straight forward.
  • Our uptime has been improved by removing unnecessary data migration processes.
Kyle Reichelt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • With just one server we can easily host databases for many applications, which makes it easier to maintain.
  • The ROI on Microsoft SQL Server is very good as we have been able to set it and forget with out too much time invested in keeping it up and running.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server down time has been minimal and 90% of the downtime is due to our user error.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Microsoft SQL Server

Pricing Details

Amazon RDS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Free to try. Pay only for what you use with no minimum fee.

Amazon RDS Editions & Modules

Edition
Amazon RDS for MySQL$0.29 ($0.58)1
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL$0.24 ($0.48)1
Amazon RDS for MariaDB$0.25 ($0.50)1
Amazon RDS for Oracle$0.482 ($0.964)1
Amazon RDS for SQL Server$1.02 ($1.52)1
  1. per hour, R5 Large (R5 Extra Large)
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft SQL Server

General

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

Microsoft SQL Server Editions & Modules

Edition
Enterprise$13,748.001
Subscription$1,418.001
  1. Per License
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon RDS
9.2
Microsoft SQL Server
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon RDS
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Usability

Amazon RDS
8.8
Microsoft SQL Server
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Amazon RDS
Microsoft SQL Server
10.0

Performance

Amazon RDS
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Support Rating

Amazon RDS
8.9
Microsoft SQL Server
7.9

In-Person Training

Amazon RDS
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Online Training

Amazon RDS
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Implementation Rating

Amazon RDS
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Scalability

Amazon RDS
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

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