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Executive Summary
Updated on September 8, 2022

We compared Amazon RDS and MongoDB Atlas based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: For the most part, users of both Amazon RDS and MongoDB Atlas feel that they are relatively easy to deploy.
  • Features: Users of both products feel that they are stable and scalable.

    Users of Amazon RDS find its replication features to be one of its more valuable features. However, they would like to see its integration capabilities improve.

    Reviewers of MongoDB Atlas feel that its integration features are one of its most useful. However, they say that its administration capabilities could be more user friendly.

  • Pricing: For the most part, users of both products feel that they are expensive to purchase.
  • Service and Support: For the most part, users of Amazon RDS find their technical support to be pretty effective. Reviewers of MongoDB Atlas find the technical support that it provides to be first rate.

Comparison of Results: Based on the parameters we compared, MongoDB Atlas seems to be the superior solution. The main difference between these products comes from the powerful integrations that MongoDB Atlas offers. Amazon RDS’s integrations leave room for improvement.

To learn more, read our detailed Amazon RDS vs. MongoDB Atlas report (Updated: September 2022).
633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"It is easy to use, flexible, and powerful.""The time to install or set up a database environment is very fast.""The product is very, very easy to use.""It is stable, scalable, and easy to deploy.""Being able to change the size of an RDS MySQL instance is amazing.""For me, RDS is a great solution. I like that Amazon RDS is a very simple solution to implement and to start using.""The initial setup is straightforward, and technical support is good.""I recommend RDS because it makes your life super easy."

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"Administering the solution is easy.""The solution is easy to use, the console is user-friendly, and overall a well-designed solution. It takes a complex system and makes it easy to understand. Additionally, the solution is always advancing and they provide a roadmap into what is coming in the future.""The features that I have found most valuable include the very easy integrations. The integrations are fantastic. I have not faced any challenges from the integration standpoint.""The most valuable feature is the schemaless architecture.""It's a good solution for NoSQL databases.""It's flexible. We don't need to have a solid upstream availability failover, and everything is seamless in Atlas.""The cloud-based nature of this solution makes it flexible and scalable.""The product is user-friendly."

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"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.""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.""The Performance Monitor they have is a little clanky, at least in regards to the UI.""The security features could be improved.""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.""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 solution is a bit expensive."

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"Based on its own habitat, it's not ACID compliant. If it had an ACID compliant option, it would be more useful for database administration.""The installation was straightforward except for the network hardware because it was a little complicated to make the connection with our VPC on AWS.""If it could be cheaper, that would make us happy.""It would be better if there were more integration capabilities with other products.""The biggest challenge we all have is an application layer level. One node is sitting in the APAC region, another node is sitting in the US and UK region. The seamless replication has to be lightning fast, but we haven't tested the scalability yet.""I am still new with it, but since I mentioned that I'm using this product for only the last six months and my experience with this product is good thus far, on a scale of one to ten, I would give MongoDB Atlas a six.""Querying a dataset is not very intuitive, so I think that it can be improved.""The replica side, like the venue, can be improved."

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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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  • "We're currently using the Atlas for the night and don't require a license. However, it can be a problem if you want to use their enterprise environment. Then you need to purchase the license."
  • "The solution is expensive overall. It does not require a license but if you want the support then you will need to purchase the license. They use a pay-as-you-go model and you are able to receive some discounts by making longer usage commitments."
  • "Comparing the price between the MongoDB and Microsoft SQL Server, we are using the enterprise edition of Microsoft SQL Server, which is more expensive than MongoDB."
  • "We pay for a license."
  • "We pay for the license on a monthly basis. It's not cheap or expensive. For smaller companies, it's definitely expensive."
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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 cloud-based nature of this solution makes it flexible and scalable.
    Top Answer:We pay for licensing on a monthly basis and we are fine with the cost.
    Top Answer:Querying a dataset is not very intuitive, so I think that it can be improved.
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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.

    MongoDB Atlas delivers the world’s leading database for modern applications as a fully automated cloud service engineered and run by the same team that builds the database. Proven operational and security practices are built in, automating time-consuming administration tasks such as infrastructure provisioning, database setup, ensuring availability, global distribution, backups, and more. The easy-to-use UI and API let you spend more time building your applications and less time managing your database.

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    eHarmony, Sega, KPMG, Telefonica, Checkr, 7-Eleven
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    Computer Software Company43%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider11%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company14%
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    Company Size
    Small Business67%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise28%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Amazon RDS vs. MongoDB Atlas
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon RDS vs. MongoDB Atlas and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Amazon RDS is ranked 2nd in Database as a Service with 10 reviews while MongoDB Atlas is ranked 4th in Database as a Service with 8 reviews. Amazon RDS is rated 9.0, while MongoDB Atlas is rated 8.6. 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 MongoDB Atlas writes "Fantastic integrations, with multiple support levels". Amazon RDS is most compared with Google Cloud SQL, SQL Azure, Oracle Database as a Service, Google Cloud Spanner and Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer, whereas MongoDB Atlas is most compared with SQL Azure, Google Cloud SQL, Oracle Database as a Service and Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer. See our Amazon RDS vs. MongoDB Atlas report.

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