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Amazon RDS is #2 ranked solution in top Database as a Service vendors. PeerSpot users give Amazon RDS an average rating of 10 out of 10. Amazon RDS is most commonly compared to Oracle Database as a Service: Amazon RDS vs Oracle Database as a Service. Amazon RDS is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 70% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 28% of all views.
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What is Amazon RDS?

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a web service that makes it easier to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient, resizeable capacity for an industry-standard relational database and manages common database administration tasks.

Amazon RDS was previously known as RDS.

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  • "The price could be better."
  • "We are paying for a service license."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on an annual basis."
  • "It is less expensive than SQL Server. We pay based on the usage on a monthly basis."
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    Data Sleek - PeerSpot reviewer
    Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Great for backups and creating replicas and allows users to change the size of an RDS MySQL instance
    Pros and Cons
    • "Being able to change the size of an RDS MySQL instance is amazing."
    • "The Performance Monitor they have is a little clanky, at least in regards to the UI."

    What is our primary use case?

    When I was working for at my previous organization, we wanted to bring stability to all our MySQL databases. As a DBA, at first, it was scary as I thought I would be out of a job, however, the RDS managed DB allowed me to focus more on optimization and less on administration. (both hardware and software).  When I was working at another organization we had a large amount of MySQL on-prem to manage. It required lots of time to set them up, monitoring, and maintain them. RDS really allowed us to remove all the painful administration parts. 

    How has it helped my organization?

    Less time was spent maintaining MySQL. Having to configure each server and spinning up a new MySQL in RDS takes 10 to 15min. It's a huge time-saving in maintenance.  By using RDS, AWS takes care of the maintenance of the hardware and software updates. Being able to scale quickly or downsize with no impact is also great. All of your databases are nicely organized under 1 interface; you have quick access to some monitors and Cloudwatch can be used to set up alerts based on thresholds and notify you.  Today, with Terraform, you can automate the full process of creating RDS servers, deprecating them, changing their size, adding a replica, etc.

    What is most valuable?

    Create Replicas. Being able to create a replica with just a few clicks is great. Setting replication before would require backup, restore, and synching replication.  Backups. The fact that you can take a snapshot of the database without impacting the server is great. In comparison, large backups could lock tables or take too long. Alternatively, you would have to use tools such as xtraDB backup. That requires lots of code and maintenance. Change Size. Being able to change the size of an RDS MySQL instance is amazing. There's no need to provision new machines, setup replication, etc. It's all done for you.

    What needs improvement?

    The solution needs RDS Mysql support for both MySQL 8 and MariaDB. The Performance Monitor they have is a little clanky, at least in regards to the UI.  I wish they had designed a better MySQL Monitoring solution. I personally like SolarWinds DPA. The performance is not always as good as MySQL running on its own EC2 instance. I have done some benchmarks before between EC2 instances and RDS and EC2 were better. Being unable to select Out-file is annoying. They do support select Out-files into S3 but only on Aurora. It would be nice if they had implemented that feature in RDS MySQL.
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    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using AWS RDS for more than 8 years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    MySQL RDS is very stable. I cannot say that running MySQL on-premise or on EC2 instances is less stable than RDS MySQL. However, when there are hardware issues, if you have RDS MySQL standby "on", you'll appreciate the fail-over solution. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    MySQL RDS can scale very well. I have been using it in critical Production services.

    How are customer service and support?

    AWS Customer Support is pretty good. Their response time is usually adequate. They offer different support options and provide different support media (for example, phone, web, and email).

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I was using MySQL on-prem. I decided to switch due to the amount of time required to maintain on-premises databases.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is fairly straightforward. There is some tuning that needs to be done with RDS. The default settings are not always adequate.

    What about the implementation team?

    We handled the implementation in-house.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Make sure you provision your MySQL RDS properly. Don't over or under-provision.  Perform some benchmarks before migrating. Migrating to a new system is costly. You don't want to have your data migrated only to realize it performs much worse than before.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I did not evaluate other options. I did evaluate Aurora, however, for the project requirements, it was not needed.

    What other advice do I have?

    RDS MySQL (and Postgres) are great managed database services. AWS provides a large range of database instance sizes from micro to very large machines. RDS can scale, and creating Replicas is very easy to accomplish.  If you're unsure if you should start using RDS or not, I suggest you consult with a MySQL RDS DBA or Data Architect who has used RDS for several years before making a decision.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Private Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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    CTO at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Extremely stable and easy to use but the pricing can get expensive without proper provisioning
    Pros and Cons
    • "The product is very, very easy to use."
    • "You can only get access from the sales support. That means if you want to buy something or renew your subscription or upgrade, all these services are easily available. Yet, if you would like to get some technical support, you have to pay for it. You have to pay for an additional subscription."

    What is our primary use case?

    This product is used primarily for storing data. The process is you have to reserve RDS space and then you can install any database scheme you want, for example, MariaDB, SQL or Aurora. We typically use Aurora DB. 

    What is most valuable?

    The solution has proven to be quite stable so far.

    The product is very, very easy to use.

    What needs improvement?

    The only thing that I can say is, you have to be really careful about the Cloud provision plannings - meaning that you should calculate the cost carefully due to the fact that the bill is increased sharply if you increase the limit. You have to provision what you need per month.

    The solution charges for technical support, which is something they should change, at least for those organizations on tier one.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We've only been using this solution for six months. It's been less than a year. We haven't been using it for too long just yet.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We've found this solution to be very stable. It's reliable. We don't really deal with bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. So far, it's been very good.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is fully scalable. If a company needs to expand it, it can do so with ease.

    Everyone in our organization uses the product. It's pretty widespread. The idea is you save your data on Cloud and make it available to everybody, add it to your website.

    We plan to continue to use this service, at least over the next year or so.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support is not ideal. It's one of Amazon's pain points.

    Amazon offers a free service tier, a so-called free tier for start-ups. We are a start-up. By the time that you sign up with Amazon, you're connected to the free tier, however, for some reason, you don't have access to the support.

    You can only get access from the sales support. That means if you want to buy something or renew your subscription or upgrade, all these services are easily available. Yet, if you would like to get some technical support, you have to pay for it. You have to pay for an additional subscription. It's really too bad.

    Everybody using cloud computing needs technical support at some point, so this jeopardizes the original promise of the free tier. If you have to pay for any given question to the technical department, it is not free anymore. That's really a drawback in terms of Amazon's service. 

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    There are alternatives to RDS, and therefore you can use another type of cloud computing if you like. However, I haven't used any.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    While, with all services of Amazon, there is a starter option that is given for free, this starter offer is not enough for the development or the deployment of products. Each time you pass these limits, you have to pay and it's completely unpredictable.

    The pricing can get very expensive. You pay a standard price, which is low, for a fixed reservation. However, if you exceed your limit, instantly, then the bill is increased tremendously. That's a drawback for the system. You have to provision very carefully and to make sure that you do not exceed the limit.

    That said, after careful provisioning, it is a very cheap option. If you are successful at cloud provisioning, you won't need to pay much.

    You do have to pay extra for technical support, even if you are on the free service tier.

    What other advice do I have?

    Despite the issues around pricing and technical support, RDS is a good choice for organizations due to the fact that it's very easy to use. I'd recommend it to others due to this ease of use and general stability.

    Overall, I would rate the solution at a seven out of ten. If they had a free technical support tier I might rate it higher.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

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    Shaamil Ashraff - PeerSpot reviewer
    Architect - Database Administration at Mitra Innovation
    Real User
    Top 5
    Resilient, reliable, and easy to set up
    Pros and Cons
    • "The time to install or set up a database environment is very fast."
    • "The solution is a bit expensive."

    What is our primary use case?

    Whatever is to be stored, for example, any database requirements, you can use RDS, unless you need to scale it to quite a large size, RDS could be a good solution. You can still go beyond RDS, however, basically for small to medium-sized database requirements, you can always reliably use RDS as a database solution.

    What is most valuable?

    The first thing I like about RDS is the on-prem implementation. The time to install or set up a database environment is very fast.

    The resilience, multi-zone resilience, and availability are great. We don't need to extensively create any replication services or anything that we have to worry about as DBAs. Everything is given. It's just a matter of punching in the parameters and in the background, it all that is configured. 

    The initial setup is straightforward. 

    It's scalable.

    The solution is reliable and stable. 

    What needs improvement?

    If you are a very tech-savvy guy who is a DBA, there are certain limitations due to how it's been implemented. You cannot do a lot of platform-level changes if that's how it's been set up, however, it's not required actually. Those limitations have not stopped anything, not stopped us from doing anything. That said, someone more technical may not like the limitations. Platform-level changes are not allowed. 

    The solution is a bit expensive. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been dealing with the solution for the last eight months. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I haven't experienced any stability and can therefore say it's reliable and the performance is good. It doesn't crash or freeze. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I've found the solution to be scalable. 

    I have worked with only three clients at the moment with RDS.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support has been very good. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The implementation process is straightforward. The instructions are very clear. Even a person with basic knowledge would be able to spin up an RDS without an issue. It's not very complicated. The parameters are simple. You can read and understand everything very easily and know what questions to ask and what parameters to consider.

    One staff member is more than enough for deployment and maintenance. 

    You don't need a separate staff for the RDS management. A regular person who manages the rest of the Amazon services can easily monitor it. It has a very good service called CloudWatch, Amazon CloudWatch. Through CloudWatch, everything could be monitored very, very well. All these services are auto-scale. Alerts can be automated as well. I've done this for clients. We have it configured in a way where it's very easy to maintain and manage. We don't need to continuously monitor or anything. We have set thresholds and that CloudWatch service actually helps us to do the monitoring part automatically.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Across most of the database services, it had been a little expensive. It's not only Amazon. If you look at other cloud solution providers, they have to reconsider bringing the prices down. Some clients might not be able to reap their ROI the way that the pricing has been structured for RDS services. It was quite expensive.

    What other advice do I have?

    I'm an implementer.

    I'd recommend the solution. It would be perfect for whoever starts a small or medium business. This is the go-to database they should consider.

    I'd rate the solution ten out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    BharathKumar2 - PeerSpot reviewer
    Database Administrator at Cartrack
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    It gives us the ability to select as many tools, replicas, regions, and zones as we want
    Pros and Cons
    • "Amazon RDS gives us the ability to select as many tools, replicas, regions, and zones as we want."
    • "Some of the features will not be there. For example, some on-premises things we want to set up will not be supported there. There are some challenges that they are fixing."

    What is our primary use case?

    We have on-prem servers and our database is hosted in the cloud on Amazon RDS. Everything is automated there, like setting up backups and replication. We have around 40 persons using RDS.

    What is most valuable?

    Amazon RDS gives us the ability to select as many tools, replicas, regions, and zones as we want.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've used Amazon RDS for six or seven years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    RDS is stable. A cloud solution is always stable, and RDS servers are solid.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Amazon RDS is highly scalable. It is much simpler to scale up compared to an on-premise solution where you need to buy new hardware and migrate all the data. Ifwe need more capacity, there is a symbol that you can click on to upgrade your hardware. 

    If you want one more server in a different region, you can spin it up and everything is done on the cloud. You can just select what you need and go, whether you're going to downgrade or upgrade to system type TX for whatever configuration you want.

    How are customer service and support?

    Amazon support is good, but we've only communicated with them via email so far. We email support when we have questions, and they've always come up with the proper solution.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    Before Amazon, we had MySQL and PostgreSQL, but it's not like we switched We still have on-premise solutions and some things in the cloud. Most of our stuff is still on-prem. It depends on if it's a critical application that is heavily used, so you don't have downtime.

    How was the initial setup?

    Installation is straightforward. You choose your database for RDS, like MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, etc., and select the distance type. It takes a maximum of five minutes time to select and set up the system. Our servers can be up and running in 10 to 15 minutes, and data migration took about an hour.

    What about the implementation team?

    We have several in-house teams with separate databases, so they usually take care of it for us. I worked on some databases. We have a different method for RDS. One stacked, so we build our own scripts and publish them in the stack.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Amazon RDS is a little costly, but it also reduces the number of full-time employees needed. We require fewer system admins or DBS because RDS reduces our workload. 

    It's pay as you go. Once you are using it, you will get support. You don't need to buy a yearly license to get support. If we deployed our server there, we would get support from them.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate Amazon RDS nine out of 10. I recommend it. Cost is the only issue. RDS is one of the best choices if you need scalability and reliability, but you're not worried about the cost.

    Some of the features will not be there. For example, some on-premises things we want to set up will not be supported there. There are some challenges there that they are fixing. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Hybrid Cloud
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    Agnaldo Carmo - PeerSpot reviewer
    Data Engineer at Elastacloud
    Real User
    Top 20
    A distributed relational database service with good technical support, but the price could be better

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using AWS RDS to have a database that we're not using at the moment. I'm not making any changes to the parameter of the database or the configuration of the database on AWS. I just have to open a new port on the map of the network to have a connection to the prepaid network.

    What is most valuable?

    The initial setup is straightforward, and technical support is good.

    What needs improvement?

    The price could be better. We have better options like Microsoft Azure to use in the cloud. I also don't think it's very scalable. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using Amazon RDS for almost five months.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I don't think it's very scalable. In comparison, Microsoft Azure has many options. In RDS, I couldn't even find many options to increase or to perform a scale up or scale down.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support is good.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward because our data isn't difficult to manage. But there are a few things that take some time or become hard to manage because we have many security and network configurations. I need to rush through the connection between my machine and the cloud to bypass our prepaid network, and that makes things a little bit harder. But it's not too complicated.

    What about the implementation team?

    At the time, we needed to deploy by ourselves, manually. I think it took just one or two of us to implement and maintain this solution.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The price could be better.

    What other advice do I have?

    On a scale from one to ten, I would give Amazon RDS a seven.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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    Naresh Reddy - PeerSpot reviewer
    Enterprise Solutions Architect at OORWIN LABS INC
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    A good product that is easy to deploy, stable, and scalable
    Pros and Cons
    • "It is stable, scalable, and easy to deploy."
    • "Currently, we are using Fargate. Instead of that, we are planning to use EC2 instances, but we are facing some problems, and we are unable to enable NAT gateway for Elastic Load Balancer. When we enable auto-scaling, the instance count increases, and we get IP addresses dynamically. We need to whitelist the IPs of these instances, but there is no option to whitelist those IPs in Amazon RDS. We need one static IP that we can assign to ELB so that we can whitelist this IP."

    What is our primary use case?

    It's very useful to save customer's data in a secure manner, we can easily handle all the customer records with encryption mode.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Currently, we are not using RDS as, it has some limitations on DB schema creation, it allows limited tenant DB creations...expecting to release RDS custom RDS very soon

    What is most valuable?

    It is stable, scalable, and easy to deploy.

    What needs improvement?

    Expecting to have AWS RDS custom.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for almost four years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is scalable. We have more than 12,000 users who are using this solution.

    How are customer service and support?

    When we depend on the AWS technical team, we need to pay more. For tech support, they are charging about 25% of the actual bill, which is too high for me. If it is fixed to something like $200, I can go for that, but currently, it is too high for me.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    Earlier we used Rackspace, it is very costly and more technical depedancy

    How was the initial setup?

    It is straightforward. It takes only a couple of minutes.

    What about the implementation team?

    We did it on our own.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Cost always depends on usage

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We evaluated azure, but we faced some issues with wild card domains 

    What other advice do I have?

    The product is pretty good, but its support is very expensive. 

    I would rate it a ten out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    VamsiMohan - PeerSpot reviewer
    CTO at Huber
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Secure, robust, single instance for both direct and indirect users

    What is our primary use case?

    Amazon RDS is custom development. 

    Some databases that we would like to use are lightweight and simple to integrate with the application.

    What is most valuable?

    Amazon RDS is lightweight and flexible.

    It's a secure solution.

    What needs improvement?

    The security features could be improved.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with Amazon RDS for three years.

    It is part of the cloud migration solution.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Amazon RDS is quite stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Amazon RDS is a scalable solution.

    RDS is a single instance. However, the actual users are approximately 500 people, both direct and indirect.

    We have stopped using it.

    How are customer service and support?

    I have not contacted technical support.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    In the past, I used Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon EMR, and Amazon Redshift, but I no longer use them.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is satisfactory.

    It took two weeks to complete the installation.

    We have three engineers, one lead, and one manager to maintain this solution.

    What about the implementation team?

    With the help of our in-house staff, we completed the installation on our own.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Licensing fees are paid on an annual basis.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate Amazon RDS a ten out of ten because it is lightweight, and the flexibility.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Data Analyst at a tech company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Easy to use, flexible, powerful, and stable
    Pros and Cons
    • "It is easy to use, flexible, and powerful."
    • "When you are using it for the first time, it is a little bit hard to configure. The first-time configuration is not very easy. It should be easier to configure. Its installation should also be simpler. Currently, its installation is very complex. With SQL Server, we have access to the SQL Server analysis services and reporting services, but such services are not available with Amazon RDS."

    What is our primary use case?

    It is used for multiple needs. We have a transaction system with multiple databases, such as SQL Server and MySQL.

    What is most valuable?

    It is easy to use, flexible, and powerful.

    What needs improvement?

    When you are using it for the first time, it is a little bit hard to configure. The first-time configuration is not very easy. It should be easier to configure.

    Its installation should also be simpler. Currently, its installation is very complex.

    With SQL Server, we have access to the SQL Server analysis services and reporting services, but such services are not available with Amazon RDS.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for a couple of months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We have around ten users of this solution. We plan to keep using this solution.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have not interacted with them.

    How was the initial setup?

    Its installation is very complex. It takes one whole day.

    What about the implementation team?

    I did it with the help of someone else. We have three or four people for deployment and maintenance.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    It is less expensive than SQL Server. We pay based on the usage on a monthly basis.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate Amazon RDS an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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