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Amazon RDS vs. SQL Azure
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"The initial setup is straightforward, and technical support is good.""For me, RDS is a great solution. I like that Amazon RDS is a very simple solution to implement and to start using.""The product is very, very easy to use.""Amazon RDS is lightweight and flexible.""It is stable, scalable, and easy to deploy.""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."

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"The backup features are the most valuable.""It's user-friendly. Compared to other solutions, it's based more on clicks, not on scripts. It's easy to manage.""The product is quite stable. The performance is great and it's reliable.""Its performance is good. It has a lot of features. It has the backup feature, which is not there in Amazon RDS. In Azure SQL, there is an option to replicate and restore a database point to point, whereas we can't do that with Amazon RDS.""We like the ease of integrating it with our on-premises environment. We use a hybrid model. We have a SQL Server on-premises, and we have an integration with the cloud version. We do CPU or disk intensive processes on-premises. For accessibility, we offload onto the cloud. When you do a lot of IO and things like that in the cloud, Microsoft charges for the CPU activity.""SQL Azure is good with transactional systems.""It's easy to use in terms of their portal, which is very nicely organized.""The on-premise SQL Server licenses can be used since it is on Azure, so it's a significant savings for the customers."

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"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.""The security features could be improved.""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 solution is a bit expensive.""The Performance Monitor they have is a little clanky, at least in regards to the UI.""I also don't think it's very scalable.""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."

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"It is a little bit expensive for us. They can improve the price. It would also be very helpful if they can offer some free trial.""I feel that the price is high and it could be reduced.""The solution lacks feedback tools.""Price definitely will be the negative point. It is quite expensive.""If the product could support applications requiring an SQL server for installation, by using SQL Azure as a backend, that would be useful.""We haven't had any major issues that have prevented us from doing stuff fundamentally. For its implementation, sometimes, it is complicated to understand what your needs are. It would be good to have a few use cases that provide different cloud variations that match on-premise installations and show how they can be moved to the cloud a bit better.""Its compatibility with existing applications can be improved. Its compatibility is currently a little bit imbalanced.""There is so much information that it becomes confusing at times. The information can be more friendly. They could also provide additional training, especially at the beginning."

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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."
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  • "It is expensive for us. We are looking for something less expensive and thinking of migrating the whole system."
  • "It is reasonable."
  • "It is quite expensive. I would definitely recommend not using the pay-as-you-go model because this will just mean all your money will go to Microsoft. So, really make sure to control resource usage as much as possible."
  • "It's reasonably priced and when you compare it with other products in the cloud environment, it's cheaper."
  • "I have an annual spend number, and it is in the hundred thousand dollar range. There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees. Even though you have to look at the cost numbers of what you're going to be charged on a monthly basis, what you have to also remember is that your application may need a lot of rewriting and things like that. You get charged not just for the monthly costs but also for the transactions that occur. If your access to the data layer is not so efficient, your costs will go up because you're pulling far more data than you potentially need. These are hidden costs that nobody ever considers. If your application is not written very efficiently, you may actually increase your costs over on-prem versus cloud."
  • "It is expensive. Snowflake and PostgreSQL are cheaper than this. Google is also cheaper than Azure. Its licensing is on a pay-as-you-go basis. It is based on usage and storage."
  • "It requires a license. As compared to its competitors, such as Oracle, it is affordable and reasonable."
  • "There is a license required to use the solution and it cost $30 to do the installation."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Amazon RDS gives us the ability to select as many tools, replicas, regions, and zones as we want.
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:The security features could be improved.
    Top Answer:The main advantage of it is that there is no infrastructure cost. We don't have to host it here. So, there is no infrastructure cost.
    Top Answer:We have the licensing fee, and we are also paying a third party to maintain it with an SLA. There is no infrastructure cost, but its running costs are higher than expected. There is the cost of the… more »
    Top Answer:There is probably more functionality in our on-prem SQL Server than SQL Azure.
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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.

    Microsoft Azure SQL Database is a relational database-as-a-service that delivers predictable performance, scalability, business continuity, data protection, and near-zero administration to cloud developers and solution architects. This is the deep technical library for Azure SQL Database.
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    Comms Service Provider43%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Government14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
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    Comms Service Provider16%
    Media Company9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
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    Financial Services Firm15%
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    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise29%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Amazon RDS vs. SQL Azure
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon RDS vs. SQL Azure and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    609,272 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Amazon RDS is ranked 2nd in Database as a Service with 9 reviews while SQL Azure is ranked 1st in Database as a Service with 42 reviews. Amazon RDS is rated 9.0, while SQL Azure is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Amazon RDS writes "Great for backups and creating replicas and allows users to change the size of an RDS MySQL instance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Azure writes "Scalability is the biggest benefit, and it has been available when we needed it". Amazon RDS is most compared with Oracle Database as a Service, Google Cloud SQL, MongoDB Atlas, Google Cloud Spanner and Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer, whereas SQL Azure is most compared with Google Cloud SQL, MongoDB Atlas, Oracle Database as a Service, Google Cloud Spanner and ClearDB. See our Amazon RDS vs. SQL Azure report.

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