Amazon RDS

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Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational DB in the cloud: Amazon Aurora, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.

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Amazon RDS review by <span>Robert S.</span>
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RDS keeps databases simple

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What do you like best?

I like the ease to manage different database software in an environment which is the same for any database engine. RDS also allows you to back up, restore and clone instances effortlessly. This has saved me much time and effort over the years. Additionally you can create and test difference database warehouse technology without having to know much about the installation and configuration of the same. Which is a huge plus if you are not a trained DBA for each different database technology.

What do you dislike?

When RDS started to use EC2 Security Groups instead of the RDS security groups it originally used to manage access, this was further complicated when VPC became a requirement for EC2 Security Groups. It also can be more expensive for startups because you have a dedicated instance for your database, and it isn't running on our application server. But depending on the size of the instance you might be eligible for a free tier of usage for the first year.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running startup businesses without a dedicated DBA is possible because RDS removes the need for much administration and setup.

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Amazon RDS review by <span>Gary H.</span>
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Amazon RDS painless MySQL in the cloud

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What do you like best?

Simple replication of entire service and data for testing and development cycles. Data Replication (secondary servers -- read only replicant) are simple to set up and take down compared to doing this with home grown solutions.

What do you dislike?

Had serious issue with ODBC and AWS tech support didn't find or fix it - had to dig deep into JVM threading model to get the problem to go away. Was not their problem nonetheless it manifest only on their platform and it would have been nice if the business class of tech support had actually been able to help solve this instead of constantly pointing in the wrong direction.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you TEST, TEST and TEST some more before committing to the product to ensure you have it working in a production grade capacity. Once there however you're pretty much golden. If you need tech support expect to be on your own as even the paid levels of support do not seem to have a depth of knowledge for serious technical issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Moving self hosted database into DBaaS and found the pricing and performance to be better than what we needed. In short I simply no longer need to worry about most of the database "management" things I had to do -- now everything is just a few clicks away including complete replication of the service and data for painless test and development cycles..

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Amazon RDS review by <span>SHAILESH P.</span>
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What do you like best?

The ease of use for RDS instance and high availability are the two most important feature i really liked about RDS instance.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it hard to customize some of things like to connect from a local virtual machine server to amazon RDS instance but that is mostly because of security concern i think/

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely go for this one with affordable prices and its really helpful for high availability related concerns.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use RDS instance with MySql database for storing data for in house developed web application and use maintain some analytics related information too in the schema created on Mysql. Our requirement for that data is to be avaialble 24 * 7 so we chose RDS instance.

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Amazon RDS review by <span>Tu V.</span>
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What do you like best?

The best think I like in Amazone RDS is it easy to scale the capacity without a reboot or downtime. So, it makes easy to power up your server when the number of concurrency user of your website increased. Moreover, the server running Amazone RDS is separate with your web server, so you don't worry about if the upgrade AWS RDS is affected to your web server.

Automatic backup, this is another excellent feature of Amazone RDS. It easy to setup & very useful for any web service.

Amazone RDS also integrate with Amazone CloudWatch, which help you to monitor your database, performance, throughput, etc.

Finally, the price of AWS is small with their features. If you are in free tiger, you total don't lose anything if you were using T2.micro instance

What do you dislike?

Amazone RDS is enough with almost of your requirements. But in some case, as my company, they want to backup the database in Amazone RDS into my company private storage. So, Amazone RDS Auto backup doesn't help anything for us in this case.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Amazone RDS is a good choice if you want to build a flexible web service, in the cloud.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company using Amazone RDS as our primary database in our web service. It does very well its job, and we never have to consider any problem about it. When something wrong in the application layer, it easy to restore the backup version of RDS and continue our work

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Easy to setup, maintain, and monitor

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What do you like best?

Amazon RDS gives you the best DBaaS platform by its ease of setup and low cost. Never install another DB on a server again! Automatic snapshots, patching, scalability, and more.

What do you dislike?

Some RDS engines do not offer full featured functionality (MS SQL & Oracle). Both have limitations and missing some rich tools that usually come with the platform. However, AWS releases new features very often so check the documentation regularly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are considering RDS, take a look at Aurora. It is a fully open source compatible database engine built by AWS for the cloud. Aurora support for serverless architecture will be available in the near future, further reducing cost and embracing "pay as you use" metered cost model.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reducing the maintenance and management of our database platforms to focus on delivering more business value and application features. DBA management has moved from doing repetitive tasks to proactively tuning application queries and greater collaboration with development during logical modeling.

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Amazon RDS review by <span>Alex M.</span>
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What do you like best?

Whatever your database of choice, you'll find that RDS will make the hosting and management pain disappear. Out of the box you get a managed platform where all you need to think about is how much storage you'll need and the performance you want. Amazon take care of maintaining the system, keeping it up to date by installing updates, providing multi-AZ redundancy and increased protection against downtime doe to more care being taken when taking down an instance in the cluster.

What do you dislike?

If you like the databases RDS have to offer, there's not much to dislike - it's the same software with less hassle. Setting up databases, tables and users is no easier than a self hosted solution. As a cloud service you would expect the service to be essentially limitless like most other AWS services, but the fact it's running on an EC2 VM leaks through in the restrictions on database sizes, storage, memory etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're targeting AWS, and you're planning to use a relational database, RDS is an excellent choice instead of trying to build your own. Amazon seem to offer stronger protections against restarting RDS instances than you would normally get when deploying your own instances running PostgreSQL etc.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're using an RDS PostgreSQL to store near real time time series data. It is probably the wrong tool for the job, but the ease of use of RDS meant that it wasn't a bad choice for us.

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