About Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS is a relational database service software designed to help users set up, operate and scale databases such as Amazon Aurora, MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and PostgreSQL in the cloud. With Amazon RDS, users can manage routine database tasks like patching, provisioning, backups, failure detection, recovery, and repair.

Amazon RDS enables users to launch database instances and connect applications quickly and easily. The platform supports automatic software patching, and offers best practice guidance through configuration analysis and usage metrics. Amazon RDS provides recommendations for areas like database engine versions, storage, networking, instance types, and storage. Users can search and perform recommended actions instantly, or schedule them for later.

Amazon RDS facilitates general purpose (SSD) and provisioned IOPS (SSD) storage, as well as push-button compute scaling, storage scaling, and read replicas. Other Amazon RDS features include automated backups, database snapshots, multi-AZ deployments, and automatic host replacement. The platform ensures database security with at rest and in transit encryption, network isolation, and resource-level permissions. Amazon RDS also supports event notifications, monitoring and metrics, and configuration governance.

Pricing starting from:

US$0.01/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Devices

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Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Hong Kong SAR China, Ireland, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$0.01/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Amazon RDS

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Features

Total features of Amazon RDS: 20

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Automatic Backup
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Data Dictionary Management
  • Data Migration
  • Data Recovery
  • Data Replication
  • Data Storage Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multiple Programming Languages Supported
  • Multitenancy
  • Performance Analysis
  • Queries
  • Relational
  • Storage Optimisation
  • Usage Tracking/Analytics
  • User Management
  • Virtualisation

Alternatives

Google Cloud Platform

4.7
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Microsoft Azure

4.6
#2 Alternative to Amazon RDS
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Caspio

4.5
#3 Alternative to Amazon RDS
Caspio is the world’s leading NO-CODE platform for building online database applications without having to write code.

MySQL

4.6
#4 Alternative to Amazon RDS
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Reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5
(175)
Value for Money
4.3/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.5/5
Customer Support
4.4/5

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Giuseppe N.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

As every AWS service, is best in class database as a service

Reviewed on 30/04/2022

Pros

I use this service daily and it is really powerful, especially if you need to manage hundreds of databases without having to worry about anything. pointing in time backup is the most powerful feature ever.

Cons

For the target audience of the service there are no cons, perhaps a little costs for smaller projects.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Publishing
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Amazon RDS - the backbone of your AWS stack

Reviewed on 06/05/2022

Waaaay back in the day, we owned and managed huge machines on which we ran our database software. ...

Waaaay back in the day, we owned and managed huge machines on which we ran our database software. It was Oracle for a while, then we moved to mySQL. But the machine and the software were our problem to handle. Most of the time (because these are not new technologies), there were no problems. But when there were problems, there were huge problems. Because like many websites/apps, data is at the core of what we do. No database, and everything goes poof. Since switching to RDS, this has become a thing of the past. We tell RDS what kind of beefy setup we want, and they do the rest. The mySQL patching. The upgrades. If we want to move to a bigger instance, that's pretty straightforward, too. Database hosting at pretty large scale, with just a few clicks. And no machines to worry about. You get decent (but not amazing) visibility into the instance at any time. But, basically, what you really get is peace of mind, not having to worry that your system's most critical layer will flake out on you. That's worth a lot. Also: AWS's Aurora is a very nice port of mySQL. We've had no issues there either.

Pros

Aurora is a great port of mySQL - very compatible and super fast
Prices are always going one direction: down
Scalable way huge with just a few clicks
Automated backups, patching, upgrades
You can still do a lot of customization using PL/MYSQL
The instances just stay up and running - becomes one less thing to worry about
You have options: both mySQL and Postgres

Cons

It's not amazingly easy to update the various variables that enable you to configure your mySQL instance.
I wish it was a bit easier to get monitoring that would give you more granular insight into what's causing issues.
You don't have quite as much flexibility and control over special packages you might install to do special stuff (calculating the Levenschtein distance between words, for example).

Aleksandr S.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Will cost you all yourmoney.

Reviewed on 07/04/2021

Easy to setup. Very expensive. Play great with other AWS services.
The main issue is that metrics...

Easy to setup. Very expensive. Play great with other AWS services.
The main issue is that metrics collected manually will never meet AWS metrics which are used to bill your stack. And of course AWS point of view will be much costly. Their Enterprise Support can not understand why metrics extracted from DB itself do not meet billing metrics and will endlessly redirect you to yet another expert.

Pros

Requires minimum knowledge or time to set up the database.
Everything you need is basically there.
Documentation is fantastic.
It just works and takes all the burden of infrastructure management from you.
A handful of engines, version, and extensions to them are supprted.
Integrated seamless to AWS infrastructure.

Cons

Price. It will literally eat 7/8 of your infrastructure budget.
Metrics lies. Performance insight simply does not work. Note, this is an opinion of somebody who paid for AWS Enterprise support (sigh, that's me)
Backups are not backups per se, this is filesystem rsync. So it is easy to end up with broken DB.
Support is very poor.

Alternatives Considered

Google Cloud Platform

Reasons for Choosing Amazon RDS

RDS looked very promising. It still is except that you have no control over the bill.

Switched From

Google Cloud Platform

Reasons for Switching to Amazon RDS

We already had few services deployed to AWS. This is the sole reason.
David W.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

High quality, bulletproof managed database service

Reviewed on 20/04/2022

We use Amazon RDS to manage our key production/transactional databases for our customer-facing...

We use Amazon RDS to manage our key production/transactional databases for our customer-facing applications as well as our development environment, internal ERP, etc.

We definitely gain value and efficiency from not having to deal with the management of yet another server - and its operating system, patches, uptime, etc. - it is a real boon to simply have a database-as-a-service that we spin up, connect to, and work with, letting AWS deal with all the management.

Pros

AWS RDS allows us to deploy databases easily and efficiently with great resilience, scalability, and security - but without having to deal with managing a server. RDS makes it easy to spin up a new database, have multi-availability zone replicas, back it up, and do many other things. It's also dead easy to upgrade software versions - simply let AWS look after it.

Cons

Being a managed database service there are restrictions; for instance, with SQL Server you don't have the sysadmin role and you can't set any trace flag you want. You can adjust a number of parameters in the RDS console but only those which AWS have explicitly added support for. There are other caveats and restrictions for other DBMS products too.

Another thing I don't like is when you change your instance size it takes a long time - but at least there's no downtime. Also, tooling is restricted.

A lot of great tools to dig into performance and query tracing won't work with the AWS caveats so you have to use the AWS RDS console and logs and it can be more tedious to really drill into application performance bottlenecks.

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Azure

Reasons for Choosing Amazon RDS

We wanted to move from on-premises to the cloud.

Switched From

Microsoft SQL Server

Reasons for Switching to Amazon RDS

Ultimately, despite being a Microsoft environment historically, our developers felt AWS provided superior tooling and functionality.
Gouri S.
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  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Amazon RDS for storing Model logs as a database

Reviewed on 03/06/2022

Overall experience using Amazon RDS is good, we are able to store the model logs in Amazon RDS from...

Overall experience using Amazon RDS is good, we are able to store the model logs in Amazon RDS from EC2 instance and same data we are utilising to create the dashboards in Amazon QuickSight.

Pros

The best thing about Amazon RDS is, it automatically take backups of the database which increase more reliable systems so basically it supports recovery at that point.

Cons

The least liked thing about Amazon RDS is there is no guarantee of hardware performance and also sudo access is to be provided.

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Amazon RDS FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Amazon RDS.

Amazon RDS offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$0.01/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Amazon RDS is free to try, and users only pay for what they use.

Amazon RDS has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Amazon RDS supports the following languages:

English

Amazon RDS supports the following devices:

Amazon RDS integrates with the following applications:

Amazon Aurora, Amazon EC2

Amazon RDS offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Chat

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