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We performed a comparison between Amazon RDS and IBM Db2 on Cloud based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Database as a Service solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Amazon RDS vs. IBM Db2 on Cloud report (Updated: September 2022).
632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"For me, RDS is a great solution. I like that Amazon RDS is a very simple solution to implement and to start using.""The time to install or set up a database environment is very fast.""It is easy to use, flexible, and powerful.""Being able to change the size of an RDS MySQL instance is amazing.""Amazon RDS is lightweight and flexible.""The initial setup is straightforward, and technical support is good.""It is stable, scalable, and easy to deploy.""The product is very, very easy to use."

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"The reliability is the most valuable feature. It is also user-friendly."

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Cons
"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.""I also don't think it's very scalable.""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.""The security features could be improved.""One of the challenges of AWS RDS is that it doesn't support performance insight. So we need to write our own script or use third-party tools.""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.""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.""The Performance Monitor they have is a little clanky, at least in regards to the UI."

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"I would give their support a ten if they had more tutorials available."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I recommend RDS because it makes your life super easy.
    Top Answer:On pricing, I would rate RDS six out of 10 because if you don't know how to optimize and use your tool properly, the cost might hurt you. It would've been great if they had some cost alerts. You can… more »
    Top Answer:Concerning performance, when a cluster upgrades from lower to upper config, the connection drops. This could be solved by better coding and settings and included in the next release. It's supposed to… more »
    Top Answer:The reliability is the most valuable feature. It is also user-friendly.
    Top Answer:I would like for the way that the results are displayed to be improved. It is hard to follow with the way it is now. The interface should be more simple. The data should be presented in a simpler way.
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    Overview

    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.

    A fully-managed cloud SQL database. Powered by a turbo-charged Db2 engine.

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    Sample Customers
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    Owens-Illinois, KONE Corp., Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, Canon Europe, Delhaize America, Wimbledon
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company43%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Government14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Retailer8%
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    Company Size
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    Small Business67%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise28%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Database as a Service
    September 2022
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    632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Amazon RDS is ranked 2nd in Database as a Service with 10 reviews while IBM Db2 on Cloud is ranked 10th in Database as a Service with 1 review. Amazon RDS is rated 9.0, while IBM Db2 on Cloud is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Amazon RDS writes "The product is pretty good for small or mid-scale organizations that don't have the luxury of proper DBAs or a large infra team". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Db2 on Cloud writes "Reliable and user-friendly ". Amazon RDS is most compared with Google Cloud SQL, SQL Azure, Oracle Database as a Service, MongoDB Atlas and SingleStore, whereas IBM Db2 on Cloud is most compared with Google Cloud SQL, SQL Azure and Google Cloud Spanner.

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