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Amazon RDS

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TimesTen

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Amazon RDS

Top Rated
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TimesTen

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Amazon RDS

Redshift RDS - Data Lakes and Data Warehouses
Aurora RDS - nice alternative to mySQL or Postgres, but skill the performance and features of those other engines
DynamoDB RDS - scalability and flexibility like other no-SQL database
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TimesTen

TimesTen is well suited for applications using smaller data or smaller data stores and where transaction response times are not as business critical. TimesTen is good for applications already accessing Oracle and need to cache data for quick read/write operations. TimesTen is not appropriate for large data dependent applications or applications requiring fast response times. In these cases, using Oracle database or Exadata is better
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Pros

  • Getting the data in and out of our databases, especially with the close integration RDS has with S3 buckets.
  • Less overall management of the database servers. Our DBAs are now do more DBA work than server admin work, which moves them higher on the value chain.
  • Performance and Scalability.
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  • With basic database experience, TimesTen has a very short learning curve.
  • The installation and setup is easy and straightforward. The command line instructions are easy to follow.
  • The error logging mechanism is simple and efficient. The system log files are helpful in troubleshooting problems with using TimesTen.
  • The maintenance tools are user friendly and effective. Upgrading is easy and quick. TimesTen is almost a self-administrating database.
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Cons

  • We have at times dealt with a few latency issues between RDS and our server instances even when they are in the same zone. This isn't a big deal if you're appropriately caching, but if you were to run a CMS, say Drupal, without caching on RDS from an EC2 instance it could be quite a bit slower than using a single box.
  • Occasionally Amazon will depreciate a particular version and you are forced to "do some work" to migrate your database in a time period you may not have anticipated. Not sure there is any way around this for anybody, but it's a thing to think about.
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  • Provide better monitoring tools of TimesTen daemon, servers and connections.
  • Improved support for APIs. The libraries lack the necessary code for applications to customize for applications using TimesTen.
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Alternatives Considered

Redshift is massively scalable but has some limitations that we weren't willing to accept (no JSONB). It also has its own distinct flavor of SQL, and there isn't as much content online about Redshift's flavor of SQL versus postgres'. In the end, we just didn't need to kind of scale that redshift was designed for, so we went for RDS, because it was cheaper and simpler.
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Sybase does not have an in-memory database until version 15 so TimesTen was ideal for caching data. TimesTen has reliable replication and backing up mechanisms. Oracle takes longer to set up and use for most applications where as TimesTen is a smaller DBMS that is quick and easy to set up and use. TimesTen can connect to Oracle for caching data so using Oracle as a backend makes sense
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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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  • TimesTen has had a positive impact from a developer's perspective because implementing TimesTen is quick and easy. The benefits of TimesTen can be seen almost instantly. For instance, the application start up time is faster, the data is easy to maintain and the performance is fast for TimesTen clients.
  • TimesTen has had a positive impact for the business because it can be made accessible to users via a GUI. This gives users transparency to the data at any time.
  • The negative impact is that once the TimesTen database has grown too large, the application should move to using Oracle database or else it suffers from performance degradation and stability issues.
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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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TimesTen

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