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98 Ratings

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Likelihood to Recommend

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

If you have any apps in the cloud, this is the way to go. The interface and management is much better than AWS, and no one else is getting closer. If you are running just BI, you could go with a Snowflake or Cloudera approach, but Cloudera is complex and Snowflake simply sits on top of Azure Data Storage anyway, and I hear will soon be an offering by Microsoft as well.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
9.2
Automatic software patching
Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
9.5
Database scalability
Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
9.4
Automated backups
Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
9.0
Database security provisions
Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
9.4
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
8.6
Automatic host deployment
Amazon SimpleDB
Azure SQL Database
9.0

Pros

  • Flexibility
  • Easy to learn and use
  • AWS integration
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  • It optimizes cost - pay per usage. It can scale up and down as needed.
  • It can be migrated to from Oracle, MySQL and other on premises databases.
  • It is always updated with management and administrative functionalities being added weekly.
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Cons

  • Non AWS environments
  • Strict storage limit (but well we have DynamoDB for storage issues)
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  • Migration from on premises databases can be painful at first - but after couple of migrations it becomes easy.
  • Network capabilities and restrictions should be carefully evaluated.
  • It can be costly if you don't implement scale up/down automations.
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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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Comparing with Amazon Aurora: Azure SQL DB is 100% compatible with SQL Server and Aurora is compatible with MySQL and PostGreSQL. Because of if, SQL DB suits large enterprises with hundreds of databases better. Comparing with Oracle: the main issue is that Oracle will try to push all other services available in their product offering.
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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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  • The big plus here is the security with our users. We sell our software and the companies that buy it are concerned with our employees stealing information. Azure really helped improved our security more efficiently so no one that isn't supposed to can see our partner's data.
  • The average query running time has significantly decreased, which is huge.
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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