RDS is a great solution to simplify infrastructure overhead and complexity
December 05, 2020

RDS is a great solution to simplify infrastructure overhead and complexity

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)

Amazon [Relational Database Services (RDS)] is deployed as a primary datastore for a number of applications within our infrastructure. It allows us to offload the typical Database Server Maintenance/Configuration and even System Management to Amazon, which ultimately reduces the cost of our System Administration overhead. Amazon makes it very easy to customize the configuration for each RDS deployment with a number of database engines, as well as set up automatic fail over, automated backups, and the ability to resize your database deployment seamlessly, should your application requirements call for additional resources.
  • Removes the burden of host OS maintenance
  • Simple configuration and management
  • Automatic, easy to restore, backups
  • You don't have os-level or hardware-level access to the system, so all your performance tuning needs to be done within your application or within the parameters of the database engine that amazon allows you to customize.
  • Customizations/Extensions to the database engines are impossible, as you don't have OS-level access.
  • Migrating in/out of RDS with zero down time can be relatively challenging from a configuration and execution perspective, depending on your infrastructure.
  • Reduced overhead in management of host system
  • Reduced maintenance requirements for keeping database engine up to date and applying security patches
  • Reduced risk of data-loss during an outage do to automatically configured and maintained multi-zone replication and backups
  • Reduced risk of data leakage, leveraging amazon's engineering/admin/ops teams to maintain network and server security.
We've evaluated using [Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)] against same-capability configurations with MySQL/MariaDB, PostgreSQL, and even Amazon Redshift (though, we haven't evaluated redshift in quite some time). Assuming RDS checks all the boxes for the requirements of your applications, it makes a great alternative to self-hosting and managing a custom deployment of any of the database servers it supports. Being able to deploy replication/backup servers in multiple availability zones just by selecting an option, and provision servers with some simple API calls, makes it a clear winner in that use-case.

RDS better fit with the application model we were looking for, than Redshift did, at the time of our evaluation. Though, I'm not as familiar with the current Redshift feature-set. I assume if you're evaluating Redshift as a legitimate solution, it's probably better than RDS, as it's more designed for data warehousing.

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If you're operating within the Amazon universe of cloud computing, it's almost a no-brainer to utilize [Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)]. RDS is well suited for probably a majority of applications that are candidates to host on a cloud computing platform as it reduces overall management and complexity of your system.

However, if you're doing a lot of data exporting/importing using tools that write to/read from the disk on the server, you may have challenges integrating RDS, as you have no access to the underlying host.

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