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Executive SummaryUpdated on Jul 14, 2022

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Amazon RDS
Ranking in Database as a Service
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SQL Azure
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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Database as a Service category, the mindshare of Amazon RDS is 25.8%, down from 30.1% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of SQL Azure is 17.7%, down from 17.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Nov 6, 2023
A versatile and user-friendly choice for database management that offers a managed relational database service with advantages including extensive normalization capabilities and automated backups
One notable improvement that could enhance the database management experience, particularly during migration scenarios, is the accessibility of the root user. Currently, challenges arise when attempting continuous migration or transferring data between cloud platforms like AWS RDS and GCP Cloud. Another potential improvement suggestion is reconsidering the policy of locking down root user access entirely. Instead, it could be beneficial to allow access to higher-level administrators or designated personnel within a company. This approach ensures that not everyone has access to the root user. Still, at least those with administrative roles can perform essential tasks such as making changes or taking a database dump for on-premise storage.
Jun 22, 2021
Stable, easy to provision and administer, and natural progression to SQL Server
We are using it for business intelligence and analytics The ease of provisioning and administration is most valuable. It should have better profiling capabilities. Its price could also be lower. I have been using this solution for about two years. We haven't had any outages yet, so it is…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The product is very, very easy to use."
"The Amazon RDS features I found most valuable are snapshots and automatic backups."
"It makes it easy to administer the database. It helps to scale your database by providing Read Replicas, which reduce transaction time. It is highly available and durable which helps in disaster recovery and management."
"Amazon RDS is very easy to use."
"The initial setup is straightforward, and technical support is good."
"It is easy to use, flexible, and powerful."
"The dashboard and performance are the most valuable features of Amazon RDS."
"Encryption is the most valuable feature."
"The reason we moved to the cloud was for the convenience of not having any physical hardware to maintain."
"We have multiple applications running for our customers that we can integrate into Azure SQL."
"Cost savings are the most valuable. The DR/high availability is also valuable. The failover group with the built-in DR/high availability features is probably one of the easiest things."
"The solution is a fairly mature product. It provides good stability."
"The product is easy to set up."
"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."
"The initial setup was straightforward. Deployment takes about one hour."
"The best thing about the solution is that it is tightly integrated with Azure Functions and Azure App Service, making it easy to deploy to the cloud."


"One notable improvement that could enhance the database management experience, particularly during migration scenarios, is the accessibility of the root user."
"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."
"In the next release, it would be great to see RDS provide connection pooling out of the box."
"The support team of Amazon RDS provides us with some links to go through whenever we face some issues, but it doesn't work for us."
"There are a few aspects of database management that have room for improvement. There are a few parameters in the solution that are a bit unclear at our end as it's not understandable."
"The solution's version upgrade and performance could be improved."
"The Amazon RDS engine could provide features for additional databases, such as Db2. It could also provide support for other databases, such as NoSQL databases, DynamoDB, and Apache Cassandra. They could all stay under one hood."
"The solution could improve by adding a sandbox environment and more security."
"The way it has been designed, in the on-premises deployments, the underlying Windows OS is highly scalable but has a very large resource requirement. A lot of power-related and memory-related things are there, which I have not seen in the RHEL and Oracle. I have not tried SQL on RHEL EXEC. On Windows, infrastructure-wise, a very large workload is running on the SQL. This issue is related to Windows, not SQL."
"I would like to the solutions scalability to be improved."
"Their availability in the Middle East and Asia regions needs to improve."
"Lacks some tools on the SQL Server for data virtualization."
"The initial setup is complex."
"Its compatibility with existing applications can be improved. Its compatibility is currently a little bit imbalanced."
"The pricing is very high."
"The product's pricing needs improvement."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Licensing fees are paid on an annual basis."
"Amazon RDS could improve by reducing the price."
"The solution's price is good."
"The cost of using this solution is similar to that of having your own data center."
"In my case, MySQL is free, and if there are any costs, then it is much less than other solutions since all such things usually come bundled with the hardware."
"The solution is expensive."
"The price could be better."
"if you don't know how to optimize and use your tool properly, the cost might hurt you."
"There is a license required to use the solution and it cost $30 to do the installation."
"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 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."
"The pricing is flexible and can be adapted based on our requirements but the pricing options are complex especially if we are using a VM."
"When looking at the long-term expenses associated with running software on an on-premises server, the costs are almost equivalent but when we include insurance for devices, onsite fees for servers, and other related costs, we may find that this is a cost-effective solution."
"The price of the solution is reasonable."
"There is no licensing cost for the solution."
"The cost is around $2,000 per month."
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Top Industries

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Financial Services Firm
Computer Software Company
Manufacturing Company
Educational Organization
Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm

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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Amazon RDS?
The product's installation phase is easy.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Amazon RDS?
The product is expensive. If Cisco needs two servers, Amazon uses four.
What needs improvement with Amazon RDS?
The product's high price is an area of concern where improvements are required.
What do you like most about SQL Azure?
The automated scalability feature of SQL Azure has proven to be highly beneficial, particularly when deployed in the cloud.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for SQL Azure?
I recommend considering a pay-as-you-go pricing model initially.
What needs improvement with SQL Azure?
The product's pricing needs improvement.

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Sample Customers

adnymics GmbH, LG CNS, Centrebet, netfabb GmbH, MedPlast, Accelera Solutions, Sochi Organizing Committee, realzeit GmbH
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