Amazon RDS vs Google Cloud SQL comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on Mar 6, 2024

We compared Amazon RDS and Google Cloud SQL based on our user's reviews in several parameters.

In summary, Amazon RDS is praised for its ease of use, scalability, high availability, and strong customer support, with users highlighting the automation features and value for money. On the other hand, Google Cloud SQL is lauded for its scalability, integration with other Google services, performance, and affordability, with users appreciating the flexible storage options and efficient customer service. Areas for improvement for Amazon RDS include better documentation and performance optimization tools, while Google Cloud SQL users suggest enhancements in scalability, monitoring tools, and pricing transparency.

Features: Amazon RDS is commended for its ease of use, scalability, high availability, and automated backups. Users appreciate its simplified database management and the ability to easily scale their instances. Google Cloud SQL is praised for its seamless integration with other services, excellent backup and restoration capabilities, and automated maintenance tools. It offers a robust solution for managing databases in the cloud.

Pricing and ROI: The setup cost for Amazon RDS is reported to be minimal and hassle-free, while the setup cost for Google Cloud SQL is well-managed, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free process. Both products have straightforward and transparent licensing terms, providing clarity to users., Amazon RDS users reported a positive ROI, finding value and benefits for their business. Google Cloud SQL users shared their experiences and outcomes of utilizing the product.

Room for Improvement: Amazon RDS users have pointed out the need for better documentation, detailed error messages, improved performance optimization tools, flexible configuration options, third-party tool integration, and a simplified user interface. Google Cloud SQL users also recommended enhancements in performance optimization, scalability, availability, monitoring, management tools, transparent pricing models, documentation, and support resources.

Deployment and customer support: Based on user reviews, the duration required to establish a new tech solution varies between Amazon RDS and Google Cloud SQL. Users reported spending different amounts of time on deployment and setup with Google Cloud SQL, suggesting that these phases should be considered individually. On the other hand, with Amazon RDS, users' feedback indicates that the terms deployment and setup may refer to the same period and should not be evaluated separately., Customers have reported highly satisfactory and reliable customer service from both Amazon RDS and Google Cloud SQL. However, Amazon RDS stands out for its efficient query resolution and helpful guidance, while Google Cloud SQL excels in prompt assistance and quick response times. Additionally, users appreciate the knowledgeable and friendly nature of the support teams in both services.

The summary above is based on 38 interviews we conducted recently with Amazon RDS and Google Cloud SQL users. To access the review's full transcripts, download our report.

To learn more, read our detailed Amazon RDS vs. Google Cloud SQL Report (Updated: May 2024).
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"The most valuable features of Amazon RDS are its scalability, reliability, and intelligence.""I use Amazon RDS to store and manage data securely. It helps me retrieve information and gain insights from the data that comes in for my business or specific applications.""The solution has unique features like backup and recovery, and snapshots. It upgrades automatically. The solution offers easy analytics concerning performance metrics. Its reliability and scalability are very good. The tool's most valuable features are disaster recovery, high availability and scalability.""Amazon RDS is quite a well-managed and stable service...The initial setup was very easy.""For me, RDS is a great solution. I like that Amazon RDS is a very simple solution to implement and to start using.""Amazon RDS handles database backup mechanisms and patch management.""The dashboard and performance are the most valuable features of Amazon RDS.""The solution’s scalability, usability, and availability are valuable to us."

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"My suggestion to anyone thinking about this solution is to jump into it head-first!""The setup was straightforward. Just a couple of clicks, and we were done.""It is not the cool features that I find valuable, it is the stability of Google Cloud Platform.""The most valuable features are that it's easy to use, simple, and user-friendly.""The solution is easy to use. I am impressed with the tool's features and functionality.""Ease of management and the ability to oversee the statistics of your SQL.""What I like the most about Google Cloud SQL is that it handles the management, which allows us to concentrate on our applications.""Its most valuable feature is that it's scalable. I can start off with a base of a lot of data and move as much as I want and it's the same as if asked to do a lot of infrastructure changes."

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"The solution could improve the administration tools.""One notable improvement that could enhance the database management experience, particularly during migration scenarios, is the accessibility of the root user.""It would be better if it integrated seamlessly with Microsoft products. Our clients use the Microsoft Tally application server. We already tried to create a reputation from, for example, an on-premises environment from our client to Amazon RDS using Microsoft Tally server, and we couldn't do that because we didn't have a strong user in RDS. We couldn't create a reputation from an on-premises environment from the Microsoft Tally server to RDS. I think that it would be a good implementation, and it would help us with this case.""Amazon has a policy of automatically restarting the server every seven days.""They should add a feature for manual SQL patching in RDS.""It would be helpful if they made it easier to migrate from an existing on-premises solution to the cloud-based service.""Amazon RDS should have a more user-friendly graphical user interface and include better database management options.""Sometimes the interface has many moving parts, which is a concern."

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"It is hard to do logging with the solution.""I would like to see better availability of the product in different regions. It should also improve the security with encryption.""The monitoring part could be better.""For data analysis, the AI area of the product has certain shortcomings where improvements are required.""In the case of Google, they need to work on a more easy interface for users.""I am yet to explore a lot of features that are present in this solution. However, it would be good if more documentation is available for this solution. This would help us in preparing for the certification exam and understand it better. Currently, we don't have much documentation. We do the labs for 20 or 25 minutes, but we can't capture and download anything.""The most vulnerable problem with Google SQL is that while you can customize your access control list, it provides you with a public IP address.""Google Cloud SQL still needs better connectivity to outside, existing data sources."

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  • "By using a combination of Reserve Instances and On-Demand pricing, you can reduce the cost."
  • "The cost of using this solution is similar to that of having your own data center."
  • "The price could be better."
  • "It is less expensive than SQL Server. We pay based on the usage on a monthly basis."
  • "We are paying for a service license."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on an annual basis."
  • "if you don't know how to optimize and use your tool properly, the cost might hurt you."
  • "Amazon RDS could improve by reducing the price."
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  • "The pricing is very much an important factor as to why we use this solution."
  • "It's really cheap. It wouldn't be more than, I believe it's around 50 euro per month for running a cloud SQL."
  • "From a financial perspective, Google Cloud SQL is on the cheaper side."
  • "You need to pay extra costs for backup and replication."
  • "The solution is affordable."
  • "It is not expensive, especially considering the significant reduction in database management time."
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    Top Answer:The product's installation phase is easy.
    Top Answer:The product is expensive. If Cisco needs two servers, Amazon uses four.
    Top Answer:The product's high price is an area of concern where improvements are required.
    Top Answer:The implementation part of the product was easy.
    Top Answer:It is not expensive, especially considering the significant reduction in database management time.
    Top Answer:The most challenging part is dealing with legacy data from your old systems and migrating it into the new setup, but once you've completed the data migration, it becomes quite convenient to use.
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    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.

    Google Cloud SQL is a fully-managed database service that makes it easy to set up, maintain, manage, and administer your relational PostgreSQL and MySQL databases in the cloud. Google Cloud SQL offers high performance, scalability, and convenience. Hosted on Google Cloud Platform, Cloud SQL provides a database infrastructure for applications running anywhere.
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    Amazon RDS is ranked 1st in Database as a Service with 45 reviews while Google Cloud SQL is ranked 5th in Database as a Service with 16 reviews. Amazon RDS is rated 8.4, while Google Cloud SQL is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Amazon RDS writes "Provides excellent authentication, authorization, integration, data protection, and autoscaling features". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Google Cloud SQL writes "An easy-to-use solution with good features and functionality ". Amazon RDS is most compared with MongoDB Atlas, SQL Azure, Oracle Database as a Service, Google Cloud Spanner and Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer, whereas Google Cloud SQL is most compared with SQL Azure, MongoDB Atlas, Oracle Database as a Service, Google Cloud Spanner and Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer. See our Amazon RDS vs. Google Cloud SQL report.

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