RDS is a great PaaS database solution
November 17, 2015

RDS is a great PaaS database solution

Eric Humphrey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Relational Database Service

We use Amazon ealational Database Service as a backend for a handful of internal applications. The advantages of using a PaaS RDBMS are many. Amazon handles backups, patching and upgrades. And since we use multi availability zone deployments, uptime is not a concern either. Are there downsides? Sure. We would like to see the option to keep backups longer than 30 days. There are workarounds, but we would rather it be built into the product. Another potential downside is the lack of control over upgrades. While this is almost always a good thing, there are cases where a legacy schema may depend on an older version.

All in all Amazon Relational Database Service is a great service. No complaints!
  • Automatic patching
  • Automatic backup
  • Mult-az HA deployment
  • Extend the retention time for backups
  • Provide an option to freeze a db version
  • No downtime for patching is a huge plus. This allows our applications to stay online, providing better customer service.
  • Automated patching helps us maintain a secure baseline with no human effort.
  • Multi availability zone deployment provides better performance.
Amazon Relational Database Service is the only PaaS we have tried.
If your application relies on legacy database engine features, you may not want to use Amazon Relational Database Service. If you are under regulatory (or business, for that matter) requirements to retain database backups for longer than 30 days, are you capable of writing a workaround? Are database dumps sufficient, or do you need file level backups?

Amazon RDS Feature Ratings

Automatic software patching
9
Database scalability
10
Automated backups
9
Monitoring and metrics
10