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289 Ratings
Top Rated
289 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Database-as-a-Service

    PostgreSQL

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.0

    Azure SQL Database

    90%
    Azure SQL Database ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Automatic software patching

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    26 Ratings

    Database scalability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    28 Ratings

    Automated backups

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    28 Ratings

    Database security provisions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    28 Ratings

    Monitoring and metrics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    27 Ratings

    Automatic host deployment

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    23 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • PostgreSQL is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.9

    PostgreSQL

    89%
    55 Ratings
    8.7

    Azure SQL Database

    87%
    28 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    PostgreSQL

    90%
    1 Rating
    8.0

    Azure SQL Database

    80%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    9.0

    PostgreSQL

    90%
    6 Ratings

    Azure SQL Database

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    9.0

    PostgreSQL

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Azure SQL Database

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    7.0

    PostgreSQL

    70%
    2 Ratings

    Azure SQL Database

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.4

    PostgreSQL

    94%
    13 Ratings
    9.0

    Azure SQL Database

    90%
    10 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.0

    PostgreSQL

    90%
    3 Ratings

    Azure SQL Database

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.0

    PostgreSQL

    80%
    1 Rating

    Azure SQL Database

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    PostgreSQL Global Development Group

    PostgreSQL, unlike other databases, is user-friendly and uses an open-source database. Ideal for relational databases, they can be accessed when speed and efficiency are required. It enables high-availability and disaster recovery replication from instance to instance. PostgreSQL can store data in a JSON format, including hashes, keys, and values. Multi-platform compatibility is also a big selling point. We could, however, use all the DBMS’s cores. While it works well in fast environments, it can be problematic in slower ones or cause multiple master replication.
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    Microsoft

    Your upcoming app can be built faster on a fully managed SQL database and can be moved into Azure with a few to no application code changes. Flexible and responsive server less computing and Hyperscale storage can cope with your changing requirements and one of the main benefits is the reduction in costs, which is noticeable.
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    Pros

    PostgreSQL Global Development Group

    • The stability it offers, its speed of response and its resource management is excellent even in complex database environments and with low-resource machines.
    • The large amount of resources it has in addition to the many own and third-party tools that are compatible that make productivity greatly increase.
    • The adaptability in various environments, whether distributed or not, [is a] complete set of configuration options which allows to greatly customize the work configuration according to the needs that are required.
    • The excellent handling of referential and transactional integrity, its internal security scheme, the ease with which we can create backups are some of the strengths that can be mentioned.
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    Microsoft

    • Maintenance is always an issue, so using a cloud solution saves a lot of trouble.
    • On premise solutions always suffer from fragmented implementations here and there, where several "dba's" keep track of security and maintenance. With a cloud database it's much easier to keep a central overview.
    • Security options in SQL database are next level... data masking, hiding sensitive data where always neglected on premise, whereas you'll get this automatically in the cloud.
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    Cons

    PostgreSQL Global Development Group

    • The query syntax for JSON fields is unwieldy when you start getting into complex queries with many joins.
    • I wish there was a distinction (a flag) you could set for automated scripts vs working in the psql CLI, which would provide an 'Are you sure you want to do X?' type prompt if your query is likely to affect more than a certain number of rows. Especially on updates/deletes. Setting the flag in the headless(scripted) flow would disable the prompt.
    • Better documentation around JSON and Array aggregation, with more examples of how the data is transformed.
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    Microsoft

    • One needs to be aware that some T-SQL features are simply not available.
    • The programmatic access to server, trace flags, hardware from within Azure SQL Database is taken away (for a good reason).
    • No SQL Agent so your jobs need to be orchestrated differently.
    • The maximum concurrent logins maybe an unexpected problem.
    • Sudden disconnects.
    • The developers and admin must study the capacity and tier usage limits https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-subscription-service-limits otherwise some errors or even transaction aborts never seen before can occur.
    • Only one Latin Collation choice.
    • There is no way to debug T-SQL ( a big drawback in my point of view).
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    Pricing Details

    PostgreSQL

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    PostgreSQL editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Azure SQL Database

      Starting Price

      $0.5,044 Per Hour

      Editions & Modules

      Azure SQL Database editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      2 vCORE$0.50441
      6 vCORE$1.51312
      10 vCORE$2.523

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      As a needed software for day to day development activities
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      Microsoft

      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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      Usability

      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      Postgresql is the best tool out there for relational data so I have to give it a high rating when it comes to analytics, data availability and consistency, so on and so forth. SQL is also a relatively consistent language so when it comes to building new tables and loading data in from the OLTP database, there are enough tools where we can perform ETL on a scalable basis.
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      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      Reliability and Availability

      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      PostgreSQL's availability is top notch. Apart from connection time-out for an idle user, the database is super reliable.
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      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      Performance

      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      The data queries are relatively quick for a small to medium sized table. With complex joins, and a wide and deep table however, the performance of the query has room for improvement.
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      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      There are several companies that you can contract for technical support, like EnterpriseDB or Percona, both first level in expertise and commitment to the software.
      But we do not have contracts with them, we have done all the way from googling to forums, and never have a problem that we cannot resolve or pass around. And for dozens of projects and more than 15 years now.
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      Microsoft

      We give the support a high rating simply because every time we've had issues or questions, representatives were in contact with us quickly. Without fail, our issues/questions were handled in a timely matter. That kind of response is integral when client data integrity and availability is in question. There is also a wealth of documentation for resolving issues on your own.
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      Online Training

      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      The online training is request based. Had there been recorded videos available online for potential users to benefit from, I could have rated it higher. The online documentation however is very helpful. The online documentation PDF is downloadable and allows users to pace their own learning. With examples and code snippets, the documentation is great starting point.
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      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      The online documentation of the PostgreSQL product is elaborate and takes users step by step.
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      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      Postgres stacks up just [fine] along the other big players in the RDBMS world. It's very popular for a reason. It's very close to MySQL in terms of cost and features - I'd pick either solution and be just as happy. Compared to Oracle it is a MUCH cheaper solution that is just as usable.
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      Microsoft

      We moved away from Oracle and NoSQL because we had been so reliant on them for the last 25 years, the pricing was too much and we were looking for a way to cut the cord. Snowflake is just too up in the air, feels like it is soon to be just another line item to add to your Azure subscription. Azure was just priced right, easy to migrate to and plenty of resources to hire to support/maintain it. Very easy to learn, too.
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      Scalability

      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      The DB is reliable, scalable, easy to use and resolves most DB needs
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      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      PostgreSQL Global Development Group

      • The user-role system has saved us tons of time and thus money. As I mentioned in the "Use Case" section, Postgres is not only used by engineering but also finance to measure how much to charge customers and customer support to debug customer issues. Sure, it's not easy for non-technical employees to psql in and view raw tables, but it has saved engineering hundreds of man-hours that would have had to be spent on building equivalent tools to serve finance or customer support.
      • It provides incredibly trustworthy storage for wherever customer data dumped in. In our 6 years of Postgres existence, we have not lost a byte of customer data due to Postgres messing up a transaction or during the multiple times the hard-drives failed (thanks to ACID compliance!).
      • This is less significant, but Postgres is also quite easy to manage (unless you are going above and beyond to squeeze out every last bit of performance). There's not much to configure, and the out of the box settings are quite sane. That has saved us engineers lots of time that would have gone into Postgres administration.
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      Microsoft

      • Perfect for small and medium databases, being very cost effective.
      • As a Platform as a Service, there is no concern about patches, upgrades and end of life.
      • Be aware of security and network capabilities. The service cannot run in the VNET as Azure Virtual Machines do.
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