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Amazon SimpleDB

Well suited for: Games, Chat rooms, real time software like corporate events, marathons and so. Anytime and anywhere you could use a NoSQL DB you should think of SimpleDB.
As an arduous AWS user, Amazon SimpleDB easily integrates with EC2 and other AWS module; and if you are not an AWS user, you also have a fantastic tool that will solve the problem for which you are focused.
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Azure SQL Database

Sync and migration tools: If you already have a clutch of SQL Server-stored data somewhere and want to either sync it with SQL Azure or passively migrate it via sync, Microsoft has published a service -- the appropriately named SQL Data Sync to accomplish this. Use of the service itself is free, and all inbound data to Azure costs nothing, so you won't have to worry about racking up costs by syncing gigabyte-sized tables.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
9.3
Automatic software patching
Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
9.5
Database scalability
Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
9.6
Automated backups
Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
9.2
Database security provisions
Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
9.4
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
8.7
Automatic host deployment
Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
9.1

Pros

  • Flexibility
  • Easy to learn and use
  • AWS integration
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  • The newest SQL Server features and functions are pushed to the service, so unlike onsite SQL there is never a need for upgrading.
  • Azure SQL database does not require onsite infrastructure.
  • Because this is a cloud solution, you will never need to patch the Operation System, install a service pack, or install an update.
  • Unlike onsite databases, scaling up or scaling down is very easy with Azure SQL database.
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Cons

  • Non AWS environments
  • Strict storage limit (but well we have DynamoDB for storage issues)
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  • PowerBI connectors need improvement across 365 platform
  • Data bricks can be inherent feature
  • More robust integration to flow
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Azure SQL Database8.0
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This is best solution as a DBA one could expect from a service provider and as a cloud service, it removes all your hassles.
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Azure SQL Database9.0
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It has been a drastic change but the shift was so smooth.
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Alternatives Considered

It integrates beautifully with AWS. In some projects we use SimpleDB while we use DynamoDB for others, according to the characteristics of the project. If the infrastructure is AWS, we always think of one of them.
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If you are a company that is already invested in Microsoft technologies, then the Azure suite is a better fit than the Amazon suite.
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Return on Investment

  • Reduced database administration time
  • Reduced data model analysis time
  • Lower cost of resources in projects in general
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  • Makes the database cost for our use case more predictable and regular
  • Adds redundancy capabilities much easier than implementing our own
  • Integrates easily with the other Azure services we utilize
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Pricing Details

Amazon SimpleDB

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

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