Amazon Relational Database Service (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 Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Jonathan P.
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"The best customizable RDS"

What do you like best?

There is free tier usage, you can select from decent amount of DB for your proyect, the most known and useful, such as SQL Server, Oracle, MySql, MariaDB etc. Also they are very customizable, you can create instances on your own needs, you can select the resources for you applications or services, like hard disk, memory ram, iops, even the region where it is allocated to get better ping, very easy to use, easy to connect with another databases, is perfect for scalable projects.

What do you dislike?

If you don't be careful of free tier usage, you'll get some surprises billing on your credit card. If you are novice with RDS, maybe can be a bit hard to understand all the features it offers, but there are many guides which can help you.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use free level use, for proof, before use the paid version, but keep in mind that the free level may have some restrictions which the paid version don't. You will not regret if you pay for this service, there is everything you need and more.

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

I am web, software, and app developer, right now i am current user of aws, for many projects, i use others instance like ec2, neptune, s3, etc. RDS have helped me a lot, when i need use external relational data base, to make apis, or anyother scalable project as gameservers. it make so easy the way to send and get data.

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Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Bob S.
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"RDS keeps databases simple"

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.

What Database as a Service (DBaaS) solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Gary H.
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"Amazon RDS painless MySQL in the cloud"

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..

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Restaurants
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"Amazon RDS - a great DB solution for the forward-thinking developer"

What do you like best?

I love that I can spin up/down instances in seconds. I don't have to go through a bunch of red tape to allocating servers, etc. I can (as a non DBA) spin up a database for my front-end, and have it up and running within minutes!

What do you dislike?

I dislike some of the [lack of] documentation. Specifically, I was looking to call an Amazon Lambda from a Stored Procedure in Aurora, (which is really cool that they built cross-functionality like that, by the way!), and come to find out, it's not able to for that specific version of Aurora, but it is for the other version of Aurora. The unfortunate part: Amazon's wiki for setting up Stored Procedure to call Lambda didn't say that anywhere.

Once I found out that it works only on a specific version, then it's golden!

Recommendations to others considering the product

With RDS, I'd recommend that you get comfortable with Amazon IAM Roles/Policies. Understanding how they work will be extremely helpful in setting up an RDS intance without too much pain.

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

I'm using it to be the data layer for a back-end app that I'm developing. I needed a Relational Database, and this does it beautifully!

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Addy S.
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"Amazon RDS one of the best!"

What do you like best?

Easy set-up and gives you the best DBaaS platform at a low cost. Amazon RDS takes very few seconds to launch the database instance and we can connect to RDS instance through command line - shell

Scalable capacity without any downtime is one of the best feature of the server. Also, the server running the DB is different than your web server, so the hassle of upgrading AWS RDS affecting your web server doesn't exist.

It gives you the choice to decide what type of DB you need.

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

What do you dislike?

Its really good apart from the support in some cases one has to dig deep into the community threads to know about the actual issue and it takes some time

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

I found the performance to be better than what we needed and offcourse the pricing too

I didn’t have to worry about most of the database "management" things as. Its was just few clicks away including complete replication of the service and data for painless test and development cycles.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Gurleen S.
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"Amazon RDS Review"

What do you like best?

Amazon RDS has quite a number of relational databases services such as Oracle, SQL, MySql, etc. which covers almost all the needs of an organization without installing and configuring a database on the physical machines.

It saves a lot of cost associated with setting up of relational databases and hence, increases the margins for small scale corporations.

It also provide an option to enable IAM DB Authentication and there is an option to choose the backup retention period so that automated backups can be taken and restore in an event of failure

Amazon RDS takes very few seconds to launch the database instance and we can connect to RDS instance through command line - shell

What do you dislike?

As such there isn't anything in particular which I dislike, but I do have few suggestions such as more databases support can be included apart from the one which are already covered.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would strongly recommend Amazon RDS since it'll solve many database installations concerns for the organization along with providing good returns on the investment made in using Amazon RDS

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

We have had many problems in our current projects in which we were using Oracle relational database. Due to hug amount of data, a lot of physical servers were installed in order to make sure latency should be low and data can be saved or retrieved efficiently.

Once we implemented AWS Service for Amazon RDS, we have saved a lot in terms of pricing,

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Ibn H.
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"Database on the FLY"

What do you like best?

When I started programming back in 2003, I never thought future will be that easy. We had some large projects with huge databases. Working with those were really difficult due to size of the database. Size wasn't the only problem here, we didn't knew how much storage we needed for those database. Databases kept growing and we began to encounter performance issues.

Well than we thought about alternative and Amazon RDS was top on our list. It was super east to transfer our existing database there and manage all data. API, CLI support, SDK you name it and Amazon has this for you. It is secure, it is fast and most importantly very easy to maintain. Now we don't have to think about database size anymore. It's expending along with our business.

What do you dislike?

Their billing system still confuses us, sometimes we predict something and bill comes different. Yes they do has usage or billing graph but it still confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If performance matters, it should give this a try.

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

We are using Amazon RDS for Relational Database Service (RDS). Mentionable benefits will be their secure API and scalable database size. We don't have to think about database size as it is growing.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Hiren D.
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"Simple & reliable Database Management (on the cloud)"

What do you like best?

Scalability capacity without any downtime is hands-down the best feature. Also, the server running the DB is different than your web server, so the hassle of upgrading AWS RDS affecting your web server doesn't exist.

Easy set-up and gives you the best DBaaS platform at a low cost.

It also gives you the ability to create replicas in an entirely different region, which is pretty cool for setting up a HA environment and traffic shaping.

It also gives you the choice to decide what type of DB you need.

What do you dislike?

Since it is running on an EC2 VM leaks through in the restrictions on database sizes, storage, memory etc.

A pro of this product which can be considered as a con is sometimes the robust security makes things complicated. In order to create a set of "structured" security group rules, our security groups especially RDS SGs are very complicated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Scalability capacity without any downtime is hands-down the best feature.

Supports a wide range of DB's - PostgreSQL, MySQL, MSSQL, etc.

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

We integrate RDS with MySql database for data storage of our web applications.

As on Ops team, AWS RDS allows us to deploy stable databases for our consumers without having to worry about maintenance and manual backups.

Data storage and it's accessibility from multiple locations is fairly easy.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by SHAILESH P.
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"Review about Amazon RDS instance"

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.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Tu V.
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"Amazone RDS - Keep your database on the cloud"

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

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Agency in Information Technology and Services
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"Easy to setup, maintain, and monitor"

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.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Alex M.
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"The database(s) you know without the management hassle"

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.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Oliver H.
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"Amazon RDS - Databases Without Hassle"

What do you like best?

Amazon RDS makes database deployment a breeze by giving you turnkey enterprise quality relational databases in the cloud. Pretty much all you need to do is feed it data. AWS take care of point in time snapshots and minor version updates automatically and by default. You are also able to create read replicas not only in a different zone but in an entirely different region!

AWS also give you the chance to use AWS Aurora as the DB engine which claims it can offer up to 10 times speed of MySQL Enterprise.

What do you dislike?

It is hard to fine something I dislike about RDS as it just works.

A couple of points Vs hosting your own DB is that you can loose some turning and customization (though AWS RDS allows you to push your own config) and of course price, the pricing can get a little steep as you add more power to your setup, though is is typical of most AWS products.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you can budget enough for growth as the price increase is rather sharp as the requirements of the db grow.

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

AWS RDS allows me to quickly deploy stable databases for clients without having to worry about maintenance, fail over or manual backup. This makes my job much easier and gives clients once less thing to worry about.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Andy M.
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"Very happy with AWS RDS. Used as data layer in large global web solution."

What do you like best?

Amazon RDS is very flexible - you can change the capacity without a reboot or downtime. Excellent monitoring tools available, integrations are generally well handled (datadog, logentries, newrelic, etc.). Resilience is great, and even without monitoring tools the AWS console monitoring often provides enough information to diagnose issues or potential issues. Cost is good, for what you get. Ease of install is also good, and the range of engines is wide enough to fit almost anyone's needs.

In terms of security and recovery I have found it is very powerful but you do need to know what you are doing to configure everything correctly, and I would recommend anyone who uses AWS RDS instances to be sure they have a failure plan and run it in test to be sure there isn't any issues with the plan when run in production.

What do you dislike?

There is very little I do not like, but I have had some small issues with compatibility with monitoring tools. These were relatively easy to resolve but could be an issue for those without experienced team supporting them (I am very lucky in having that).

Cost calculations are difficult in anything AWS related. You are charged in lots of small ways. Tiny amounts but they add up quickly.

Very little is available to help you to optimise, so you need to remember you are paying for the hardware, and what you do with it is up to you.

Migration is relatively slow. That is actually the one item I have not been overly happy with. Only had to migrate a production DB once so far, and was quite surprised at AWS not having a faster solution that what we came up with ourselves. It is a common enough issue which they could surely address. That being said - as AWS seem to release a new product/service every day they may already have that solved.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't do it without a systems expert and a good DBA. AWS offer you the platform, but you still need to 'build' your own systems. They are very bug, but they don't have everything right - you need to know enough to fill the gaps.

Calculations of costs are hard so consider hiring an AWS expert to work that out for you when comparing against your current solution.

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

The business problem for me has been the delivery of live systems to 8 million plus users ensuring permanent uptime and accurate and fast delivered data for those users. While not just RDS required to do this obviously, it is the RDS instances that are central to the data layer.

The benefit I have realized is a resilient data layer, that has not gone down in about 2 years of running, what allowed us to scale up without any issues or downtime. It has reduced our spend (versus data centre rented and self managed servers).

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Atif R.
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"Highly scalable database management in the cloud"

What do you like best?

Amazon RDS provide lot of easy options to configure and fine tune your database. It also allows to select many option for DB instance class to choose which help to manage your cost as per your need. Also it provides various database vendor to choose from like MySQL, Oracle, Postgres etc

What do you dislike?

I don't like in Amazon RDS we don't have access to underlying machine directly but this does not prevent you to perform most of the DB administrative tasks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes definitely I would recommend because it is way more better than on premise solution. ease of backup and high availability are the benefits which are very critical for you online business

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

we are using Amazond RDS for our MYSQL database which are configured in clustered environment with fail over mechanism. Availability of our high performance database make sure 24/7 availability of our eCommerce platform. Our eCommerce platform provides our software for desktop and mobile platform to our customer across America and Europe.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Michael E. G.
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"Fast, easy databases, limited control."

What do you like best?

Easy to get started and easy to scale. Easy easy easy. Set it and forget, automatic backups, and all of the routine crap is out of the way. Having the option to select multiple database types (mysql, postgres, etc.) means that I don't have to relearn the maintenance strategy around multiple database types. Also, since we use AWS for most of our other systems, being able to plug directly into security groups and existing policy structures makes for one happy system administrator. (And I'm not the systems administrator.)

What do you dislike?

...except when you want to do anything custom or outside simple use cases. Admin controls are a bit difficult, and getting a true sense of what's on the box can be challenging at times because you have to work within RDS's management limitations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the bad with the good; it's worth it.

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

Needed a database for sundry projects; RDS is a great way to get started.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Arjun K.
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"DB as a Service from AWS"

What do you like best?

Amazon RDS is completely managed, and it enables us to get started without much prior knowledge of setting up DBs. Even though it can manage everything for you, at the same time, it allows a certain level of customisation and advance tweaking that DB administrators can take advantage of. It automates backups and geographical replication which is a huge plus point.

What do you dislike?

I had faced some performance issues while using amazon RDS. Although AWS claims that it is more performant that a simple MySQL EC2 instance, it my case it was the opposite. CPU usage and no of DB connections were always very high while using RDS and it couldn't handle the load. In my EC2 sql instance this was not an issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I will suggest that before considering RDS, try running your own SQL server. It might be cheaper and more performant, but will take a bit of time to setup and manage.

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

The primary reason while I would switch to RDS is when I don't have a dedicated DB administrator. It is very easy to setup and scale, and AWS has made it possible for anyone to do it without much DB management experience. It will be advisable to validate both RDS and MySQL EC2 instance and figure which works out perfectly for you. Over the long run it is always good to host it on your own EC2 instance, as it will help out a lot once the product starts to scale.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Zhou Z.
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"No better services"

What do you like best?

* The freedom to choose what type of db you need. We are using MySQL, SQL, and Aurora.

* The ease of using RDS. Never need to maintain it.

* Security. When the MySQL RDS is launched within a VPC, it's a lot more secure. But it's both a pro and a con (see below).

What do you dislike?

* No support for older versions. Some of our legacy projects use older MySQL and SQL versions which RDS does not support.

* Sometimes its security measures make things more complicated. Particularly in dev, we from time to time need to access RDS in VPC directly or query from another VPC. A lot of things to configure if that happens. And we put ourselves into another related trouble - in order to create a set of "structured" security group rules, our security groups especially RDS SGs are unnecessarily complicated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you:

* need to support an array of db types (MySQL, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, etc.)

* need scalability now or down on the road

* need worry-free services

AWS RDS is like a no-brainer for you.

However, I would consider using a different solution if you:

* only need a db for solo development

* don't want to spend more than you need

* are not familiar with the AWS tech stack

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

We need a low-cost, versatile database solution for our 10-years-old, 5-years-old, and current products. RDS is really versatile to meet our 80% needs (no MangoDB though).

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Consultant in Internet
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"Your Database In the Cloud"

What do you like best?

Easy to use and manage by console and also by command line. Easy health monitoring, and connects well in with the other Amazon Web Services products. Enables you to easily upgrade an instance without impacting the database data.

What do you dislike?

It's expensive. Amazon heavily pushes Aurora over MYSQL which isn't always the best solution in real world tests.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Perform a cost calculation prior to starting to use Amazon RDS so you are across how much you will spend on a monthly basis. Consider the region in which you need your databases in.

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

RDS is used to manage two relational databases for the website that I manage. It is used to provide automatic and manual snapshots (effectively backups) and also to provide a near real tiime mirror to Domo our business analytics platform.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Craig N.
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"An excellent alternative to MsSql & MySql with extra benefits"

What do you like best?

RDS is one of the best services provided by RDS, and the service that I most recommend to my clients, and anyone else that asks. While RDS provides a very easy Database service to configure and manage, it has other benefits that help your overall site. Database servers are a large consumer of memory and processing capabilities, which are precious when using an EC2 server, being charged by use. Off-loading my MySql server to RDS allowed me to run my entire WordPress site (with MANY plugins) on a Micro server, which is in the Free-Tier, enabling me to literally lower my costs to $0 for EC2 while speeding up my site, and enabling me to have the ability to add more capabilities to my site with no additional EC2 instance upgrade costs.

What do you dislike?

I don't have any dislikes as far as RDS goes, in fact, I love the service as you can tell. If I could have a capability added, it would be nice to be able to work with the database from the Linux command line instead of having to change windows, and for all I know, this might even be a feature provided by the AWS command line, but it does take a bit to get use to if you have been working on Linux servers running MySQL locally. That is the only possible complaint I can find, and I had dig for that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Setup RDS right away, don't bother with trying to migrate your database in the future, as the benefits are instant and the cost benefits can be felt by any size of site

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

This solves EC2 costs and increases the Processing & Memory capabilities I can utilize, allowing me to have a much more impressive and functional site for less costs.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Rama K.
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"Maintaining our database in the cloud"

What do you like best?

The most part is that any one can easily set up and can scale their db. The app I used needed backups in case if the data was lost, so it helped me in getting the backups and create our own manual backup if needed

What do you dislike?

Only thing I dislike about it is : its not an open source , its paid service.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want your applications hosted in other servers, better go with RDS, for high performance and backups or archiving, I will suggest this is the best bet. You can create app and run this without thinking about the servers

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

I hosted our company websites in Amazon RDS, able to create backups before updating/upgrading any change, content delivery etc

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Sri Divya N.
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"little hard to understand initially"

What do you like best?

Once implemented, it is very easy to use this for storing and accessing data.

I was trying to create a relatively large database and RDS was very useful for this. It was highly scaleable and changing the settings was very easy.

The settings can be easily changed whenever needed.

What do you dislike?

The initial implementation involved a lot of steps and switching between different services to setup RDS service was very confusing.

The instance creation also took considerably longer when compared to other services. But that might be because I chose a free API.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Might need a little training before one can start using this product.

The person doing the initial setup might need training for other services as well.

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

storing relational data on the cloud and reduce the interruptions.

It was very easy to store and access data from multiple locations.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Biotechnology
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"RDS: Easy Postgres Integration with independent ec2 instances & terraform!"

What do you like best?

I'm a N00B when it comes to RDS, I have experience and use with AWS EC2 , but moving our servers to the cloud means we should port our databases to a scalable, reliable, replicative place too. I was intimidated, but RDS was an esy-peasy integration and I was able to spine up a secure postgres RDS and integrate with a EC2 flask server all with terraform within a day!

It is intuitive ,fairly good documentation, and its almost hands-off! No worries aout our internal database crudding out!

AWS RDS handles most of the infrastructure management, works well with Postgres (and with sql, mysql, etc!), seamless with Flask (I'll try Django next!) and terraform, secure, available, replicable, scalable, restorable, easy personal configuration, easy API, and HEY (the manager lies this one..), cost effective!

What do you dislike?

I tend to go to boto for better api documentation and I tend to find the spinning up can be a bit slow. Sometimes it gets hard to manage IAM roles and the s3 bucketing logging can be tricky to figure out.

The CLI is sometimes updating so quickly it is hard to keep up and realize you're behind!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at your needs and just try it out! ask questions, read the docs, and do a trial - you'll appreciate it.

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

As noted, we need something that is cost effective, secure, available, replicative, restorable, RELIABLE, and easy!

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Consumer Services
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"Simple Cloud Databases with Few Headaches"

What do you like best?

We love being able to create new databases on the fly and more so making sure they are replicated to prevent data loss. Backing up and copying databases is simple and making configuration changes is pretty simple as well. Scalability has been another great key to our success with RDS. We've been able to seamlessly bump our instances size up as our traffic on our web application has grown.

What do you dislike?

Learning the AWS environment as a whole takes some time and finding things in their control panels can take some time. It does take a fair amount of reading the AWS docs and forums to find solutions to certain AWS specific issues. Depending on your configuration of your VPC and security group settings you may also find it hard to get your data out of RDS easily. One last thing I've found is that default settings for MySQL can cause application issues and making the tweaks can be a bit of trial and error. Once its up and running you are good to go though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are going on the AWS platform then I would recommend RDS over self-hosting MySQL or other database solutions on an EC2 instances. Way more flexible and isolated.

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

Cloud databases in a VPC infrastructure. We were concerned with uptime, scalability, reliability and data retention and we've solved all of these things with amazon RDS. As mentioned before being able to scale our memory and storage needs on the fly has been helpful as we've onboarded additional customers on our web application. We've had very little downtime on AWS as a whole and no real database impact during our usage of Amazon RDS.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Internal Consultant in Human Resources
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"Magnificient DBaaS by Amazon"

What do you like best?

Amazon RDS was really easy to set up and we saved a ton of administrative costs. We did very little to set up our production relational database. With the RDS API calls it was easy to take required actions for development and deployment our database services. Also scaling up with RDS is relatively easy than other DBaaS providers.

What do you dislike?

Nothing that I can think of. I would not use RDS if scaling my db was out of scope. There are other dedicated servers that can be cheaper than using RDS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For low traffic applications, use of RDS should be free. This way you might increase your customer base and profit when they scale.

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

Amazon RDS made scaling look so easy. Just with few API calls and mouse clicks database will be scaled up or down with no time. As I mentioned earlier we saved good amount of administration costs.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Anil J P.
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"One of the Best Databases in the Cloud"

What do you like best?

The ease of setting up a database and get it running quickly.

What do you dislike?

if you do not plan initially. costs can quickly spiral out of control,

Recommendations to others considering the product

A lot of planning is desirable before selecting an RDS. Things to look at are multi region availability, ease of backups, ease of scale.

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

We use it as a native database. The benefits are no hardware, os, licenses to bother with and availability in different regions.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Dillon W.
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"Much better than self-hosting a database"

What do you like best?

Ease of backup, ease of spinning up a new instance, ease of upgrading versions.

What do you dislike?

Hard to understand UI, lags somewhat behind Postgres master on new versions, performance graphs are somewhat lacking.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider using Aurora instead because it's like RDS but better.

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

We use it to host our Postgres database without having to worry about managing our own server or dealing with all of the Postgres configs, backup, security, etc.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Rahul C.
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"RDS is the best database hosted solution."

What do you like best?

Amazon RDS is a hosted database solution where amazon hosts the database, maintains it, patches it, and keeps it up and running. You then buy some storage on that hosted server and pay amazon for it.

The whole suite of AWS is just done right. Its so much better than an in-house solution. Before I tell you why I like RDS and also Amazon AWS as a whole, you need to understand what my scenario is. I am a single developer working in some company. As a side project I started making a website which in time is getting bigger and better. Again, remember I am a single developer. So I have tons of coding to do each day. Using RDS, here is what I save:

1. Obviously cost. I pay like $10 per month for a 5 GB storage of MySQL.

2. No maintenance. My DB is always up and running. Just image what horrible problems I would have had to face on top of the amount of work I do daily if I had an in-house solution.

3. Its scalable. This is the single biggest benefit of RDS. Full of space, just extend the storage. The good part is, you just clicked a few buttons and you are done. I don't even know how they do sharding and whole other stuffs. That is amazon's problem.

4. My servers are all up in cloud, perfectly secure and safe. Otherwise I had to hire another engineer just to configure my firewalls and networks. So a hosted solution does not ask me to also pay for their routers and security. Its all inclusive.

I would also tell you why specifically Amazon is best when there are other players in the market such as Heroku. Its because you AWS provides 400 other features in parallel with RDS. You get elastic balancing, SQS, EC2, etc. RDS just plays nice with all other services. However, if you go to other cloud DB provider, these technologies would still work for you, but you would have to handle the association in your application. That is just not worth my time, and would not gain me anything financially.

Many times I also need to have several instances of database for testing and stuff, and frankly I was afraid that it would cost me much. But then I learned that RDS is billed hourly. So I do spawn several databases, do my work, and shut them down. It costs me like $5 max.

If you are still not persuaded, maybe this last point will do the trick. I intend to make my business available worldwide. Naturally if a server is sitting in USA, and the client is in China, the latency would be too high. And if you have multiple database queries per request, the latency can be up to 5-8 seconds. This is bad for business. With RDS, they have data centers all over the world, and I personally keep a database in every region and keep them synced. This also is a neat trick for data redundancy.

PS: They recently launched Amazon Aurora which is 10x times faster than MySQL. I myself will switch to it soon.

What do you dislike?

Things to lookout in case you are planning to have a RDS solution:

1. The cost can quickly escalate depending on your traffic and the rate at which you access your severs. If are querying your DB 24*7 at high rate, the IO cost will be high. So, see the prices before you make a decision.

2. The place from where you query the database matters. A million queries withing the same AWS region would not cost you much, but the same scenario for different regions will cost you a ton. So make sure you are in same region.

3. It just makes sense for anybody to move to Amazon aurora because of the speed. But they do not provide Aurora for small businesses. You are forced to buy a mammoth machine that you frankly don't need. I hope they will launch Aurora soon in smaller configurations.

4. Redundancy cost will multiply. This is real caveat. If I want to have 2 redundant databases, I will have to separately pay for them. But these databases are not being used in the frequency as the first one. I would like a cheaper solution where RDS offers atleast one redundant DB out of the box. If not that, then atleast have the option to backup the data in Glacier storage so that the downtime can max be of 5-6 hours and will be cost effective than paying for two or more DB.

5. They can definitely do a better job to allow to remotely connect to my database. I currently have to login in the terminal and see the results. I am used to viewing data in some software like workbench. I would love to see them have a database view layer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do you:

1. Want to have your DB in cloud?

2. Want to do less maintenance work?

3. Want the server to be secure from hacking?

4. Want to pay less?

If yes, just go with RDS. Its worth it.

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

I run a website which allows vendors to sell some items to their customers. Use of database is at the core of my application. I do thousands of queries per minute (which is not enough by any standards, but as my app will grow, so will the query rate). With such an intensive use of database, we want several things out of the box such as security, redundancy, and scalability.

RDS offers a consolidated solution to all above stated problems in an elegant and cost effective way.

1. Had I not been using RDS, I would have to install Linux on some other server, so that would take atleast 30 min. Then I would have patched it (another 1 hour). Then I would install DB in it and install the schema (another 15 min). Then I would set firewall rules and connect this machine to my network (another 20 min). With RDS, I just do the third step (15 min).

2. Defining security rules is a breeze as opposed to setting firewall rules.

3. Access to RDS is automatically controlled by IAM roles.

4. THEY HAVE EVENTS. This makes my life so much easier. I use the events model with server push technique to deliver dynamic contents to my site.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Executive Sponsor in Information Technology and Services
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"Its very convenient for a quick installation and project initiation"

What do you like best?

I love how you can set up an RDS server in seconds and use the same user groups, security groups and even vpc settings as the app servers. It helps us avoid so much of the inter server communication troubleshooting at the beginning of a project. Helps us get off the ground much quicker.

What do you dislike?

I am not fond of the way RDS forces me to use certain settings with ways to configure them hidden away in an obscure manner. It also defaults to a scalable server without explicitly stating the payment options for different servers and different plans. I like that its scalable but the scalable versions cost a lot more than the servers that you can accurately estimate usage and have a static upper limit on usage.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be careful about evaluating your needs for scalability and projected usage. If you have larger sets of data or something that needs realtime interaction, this might not be the highest on your list of options.

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

We're building small applications to interface with our users and datasets to help them coordinate and create value for our clients.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by David S.
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"A great option for MySQL if you're already on AWS "

What do you like best?

I like that Amazon autonomously maintains the environment for me as a DBaaS. I'm a programmer that enjoys infrastructure, but I have found that when I'm left to maintain the environment, things can often become unstable because of oversights. I highly recommend RDS for anybody already using Amazon EC2s or other resources that need DB access. One big advantage of the RDS is that by default the firewall is configured to not let in any traffic if set to not be publicly accessible. You can configure your security groups to restrict incoming and outgoing traffic to other AWS resources in the same VPC. This obviously makes things very secure, but you also can house your RDS instance in the same data center/region as your EC2 instance for low latency as well.

What do you dislike?

I had to do some Googling when setting up my first MySQL DB inside of the RDS instance because of an additional security parameter that needed to be added. There was a missing privilege on the root System Administrator allowing the SA to create objects (obviously something that needs to be done). The concept of VPC and security groups has a small learning curve, but after that you realize how beneficial it is to having a secure overall system architecture.

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

I host an e-commerce website in Elastic Beanstalk (AWS EC2), and need a MySQL DB as well so I leveraged a AWS RDS instance. It is always wise to have a system architecture that scales out and with Elastic Beanstalk it is very easy to do this. Because my E.B. instances belong to the same security group as RDS, all of them will have exclusive access to query the RDS instance. I feel as if this is a very secure approach to transmitting data between the Application and DB servers. In the future, if I ever do hit a bottle neck at the DB layer, I can scale out by replicating DBs and RDS should allow me to do this without much headache.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Vamshi P.
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"Makes analystics simple"

What do you like best?

- I like the simplicity of the product. RDBMS can be brought up and purged on-demand. Traditional DBMS have a great deal of maintenance including configuring, networking and storage management.

- Integrates well with other AWS products like EC2 and S3.

- Great security with options like VPC and security groups.

- Inbuilt alerting around db critical functionalities.

What do you dislike?

- powerful instances are little bit expensive.

- good to have autoscaling.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great choice for hosting RDS in a cloud. Almost zero configuration.

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

I use it to primarily host my shared database mysql server. This along with S3 can make analytics very simple. Hive metastore runs on mysql RDS hosted at AWS.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Retail
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"RDS - Easy to setup and run"

What do you like best?

The best part is simple to setup and run. You can scale up as and when traffic on your website increases by adding another replica. The awesome feature i like is Automatic Backups of database at regular intervals so you can have a copy of database when needed. You also get cloudwatch monitoring in place which gives you database performance. We also have Cloudwatch alarms so that we get notified in case we are running high on CPU, data storage etc. Support during the transition from AWS team was great.

What do you dislike?

It just works! The pricing aspect which increases as you scale up. Migration may be another aspect which one may need to look into while considering this.

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

We used Amazon RDS as part of moving our Infrastructure to cloud. We moved to Amazon RDS replacing SQL Server.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Scott M.
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"Great tool for hosted databases"

What do you like best?

Makes hosting a relational database super easy, offering automatic backup, scalability and redundancy. There is no better way to run SQL database in the cloud.

What do you dislike?

It takes way to long for a new RDS to be ready after provisioning, but that's a small price to pay for what you get in this service. Just make sure that your automation provisions your RDS database before anything else, because you may have a long time to wait before your scripts can move on.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that a relational database is really what you need. You can save cost and operate faster against a NoSQL database with most data types.

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

We need to run Postgres in AWS, and RDS is the only option that makes any sense ar all for our use-case. We have no need for a full-time DBA who has the expertise to manage automatic backup and redundant operation because Amazon handles all of that for us in RDS.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Mark R.
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"RDS is a very good scalable, managed solution to Datawarehouse that Amazon manges the hard work. "

What do you like best?

Selection of databases that maintains a company's previously invested knowledge and abilities.

Removes the planning and worry of scaling your database horizontally and avoids a necessity to vertical scaling of the hardware. Outside of Amazon AWS this is very difficult to do.

What do you dislike?

I like RDS because it removes a lot of the admin tasks involved with running your own in-house servers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Jump in - the water is very warm !

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

Less work needed to maintain the database - enables resources to be used to store and maintain multiple copies and more than one database, MySQL and Redshift databases - using the same resources.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Aditya S.
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"Amazon RDS awesome "

What do you like best?

Amazon Relational Database is a great tool to use. It makes easy to setup operate and access the relational database on cloud. Amazon web service is great platform on cloud and everyone prefer to use it around the globe from students to corporate world. Every time they keep on integrating new technologies and tools into AWS and RDS is one of the great tool in it. Using RDS is very fast, secure and it is inexpensive.It is available any where as it is on cloud, so we can get the data any time anywhere around the globe. We can scale the database easily. And most important available any where anytime. It has automated back up features, database snapshots and automatic host replacement features which are very useful. It is easy to administrate. So overall AWS RDS is a great tool to use .

What do you dislike?

Not such specific to RDS. So I don't have any specific thing to RDS which I don't like.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its a good tool try giving a shot. As it is inexpensive as well.

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

No infrastructure needed as everything is on cloud. We can access the database in second with the help of API calls. We are using this tool to make the task and relational database access easy without maintaining any servers onboard in companies. We are making the task easy for developers by using RDS. As it is easy to administrate, easily scalable, Accessible and available and durable.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"A managed Relational Database Service"

What do you like best?

Its Scalability and Simplicity is just awesome. you just need to choose some fields and you are good to go.

What do you dislike?

I did not feel any till now, as it is highly scalable secure.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We are using RDS Servives since last 2 yrs and really we did not get any problem. It is really very easy to use and setup.

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

We are using to store users data which we are getting from end users. As we are a small team, we did not have to think much about setting up a highly scalable db instance.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Banking
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"Used Amazon RDS for my final project as part of Cloud Computing course"

What do you like best?

Scalable capacity without any downtime is one of the best features of the server. Also, the server running the DB is different than your web server, so the hassle of upgrading AWS RDS affecting your web server doesn't exist.

It gives you the choice to decide what type of DB you need

What do you dislike?

The initial implementation involved a lot of steps and switching between different services to setup RDS service was very confusing.

The instance creation also took considerably longer when compared to other services. But that might be because I chose a free API.

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

Amazon RDS made scaling look so easy. Just with few API calls and mouse clicks database will be scaled up or down with no time. As I mentioned earlier we saved good amount of administration costs.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Review about Amazon RDS "

What do you like best?

The product is simple and intuitive to use. It doesn't have the learning curve that traditional relational database services have that require a lot of configuring. It makes hosting a relational database very easy due to the tools already built in, like automated backups. I also like the security options that it includes.

What do you dislike?

It is rather costly so not a good tool to implement for a small business.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is good for a company that can afford it but the price to performance ratio is rather high.

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

We use MS SQL database to store a massive amount of data. We use the database very intensively and run hundreds of thousands of queries daily, so Amazon RDS is very good for our scaling needs. The performance is great.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Sushanth R.
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"Easy setup and reliable cloud based mysql database hosting"

What do you like best?

1) automatic backups and maintenance

2) scalable using small, medium and large instance

3) easy migrating database to amazon rds

4) multi availability zone.

What do you dislike?

pricing little bit high and little bit latency in query response time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would like to recommend Amazon RDS those who are looking for automatic backup, automatic failover, multi-AZ deployment, scalability, security and performance.

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

we run API services to our customers. we use mysql database for storing gigabytes of data. we do millions of queries in a day. With such an intensive use of database, we need availability, scalability, security and performance. Then we started using amazon RDS which address our problems in an elegant and cost effective way.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Mathias F.
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"Good start, but not a permanent solution"

What do you like best?

Configuring new instances and accessing them is extremely easy and straightforward.

What do you dislike?

You don't have much control over specific configurations to your database instance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are on a startup or just testing a new app, you don't need much knowledge of how to configure a database server if you use RDS. However, if you are thinking in a more permanent and scalable solution, you should not stay with it for a long time.

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

Any application deployed on AWS that needs a relational database, can make use of RDS in just minutes.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Matthew K.
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"RDS aid the future of databases"

What do you like best?

I love how simple it is to setup oracle especially in highly available situations so that the ease of transitioning to the cloud is just as simpler process overall.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was a tad bit more customizability with how it’s ran. It’s not a horrible thing, but the set it and forget it leaves a tad bit more for a power user.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Simple easy to use interface that makes managing complex databases easy in the AWS

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

Oracle spatial data moved into the cloud for a weblogic configuration

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Computer Software
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"Extremely powerful relational database manager to manage SQL DBs"

What do you like best?

The AWS integration of mySQL, PostgreSQL, and other database services have made RDS extremely powerful and easy to use.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that I cannot run my databases natively in Postgres and then just move them to RDS when I need to host or use the data in an EC2 instance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ensure that RDS plays nicely when integrating databases.

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

Currently, we use RDS to host and manage all of our databases. It's beneficial as we can run relational and non-relational databases at the same time without any issues.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Kris S.
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"Amazon RDS works"

What do you like best?

Well documented and easy to use user interface. Was very easy to get our postgres sql DB running on amazon rds. Also awesome multiple configuration options.

What do you dislike?

None really. Interfacing with it was simple and once our instance was up and running there wasn't much needed on our end.

Recommendations to others considering the product

None really. Documentation was solid and was great being under Amazon ecosystem while at FiscalNote (handled our deploys as well).

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

We used RDS to store user generated data for our web app.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Josh Q.
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"Fantastic for HA MySQL databases!"

What do you like best?

I can create a MySQL database cluster with full HA and failover capability in minutes with VERY little configuration or management. This takes so much of the guesswork and management out of tuning and configuring a server to run an RDBMS

What do you dislike?

You do not get SSH access to the RDS instances, so importing from a file is not really an option. Also, it is difficult to create additional superusers, as you dont have full 'root' access in the MySQL console either.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I don't stand up MySQL servers in AWS anymore. Its not worth the cost difference.

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

We needed HA MySQL backends for several hosted websites with the option to scale on demand and full failover capabilities. This product makes this a no-brainer process

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"A good general purpose scalable db"

What do you like best?

Setup and upgrade paths are both pretty straightforward. Even with spatial extensions, upgrading postgres versions is fairly simple, and the parameter group concept makes admin easy to think about as well.

What do you dislike?

Some notion of unusual behavior out of the box would be nice. We had an old instance that was slowly creeping up in number of active connections and eventually got to its limit and became unresponsive due to an error in our error handling. That seems obviously bad, and we set up an alarm for it, but I feel sort of like we shouldn't have had to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should probably consider whether some of the more specialized DB offerings are more appropriate first, since AWS offers several.

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

We have applications that produce a lot of relational data on a schedule. RSS lets us scale storage and processing of that data as we need to.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Computer Software
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"Reliable database as a service"

What do you like best?

RDS handles all the hard parts about running a database. It will handle clusters, backups all with high availability. We've used both the MySQL and SQL Server instances.

What do you dislike?

It's not a full service managed database. If you need help with query tuning or table / index optimization you will need to do that work on your own.

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

We're able to increase database server sizes very easily with minimal downtime. We used an off the shelf product that needed SQL Server. We didn't have to purchase a SQL Server license or really know anything about setting that up. We could just spin up an instance and our team was able to use the product right away.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Christian P.
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"Easy to use, high performance SQL Server"

What do you like best?

Amazon RDS is really easy to setup and to maintain: Simple start an Instance and let Amazon do the Backup and the Patching. Connections from the clients to the database are encrypted with SSL and the database instances are fast and easy to use.

What do you dislike?

It is really hard to dislike anything, the service is perfect, if you are used to the Interface of Amazon AWS in General.

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

Hosting Databases for small customers who work with my applications.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Yurui Z.
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"reliable and affordable solution for hosting PostgreSQL in the cloud "

What do you like best?

* easy to setup

* very affordable

* high performance

* very reliable

* secure

* easy to manage

* backup options

What do you dislike?

* A bit tricky to tweak the configuration files

* No full access to the db (as root user)

* Upgrade can be tricky sometimes (e.g. 9.3 -> 9.4)

* Cannot scale down storage

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

problem: a reliable cloud hosted postgreSQL db for our business application

benefits: easy to setup, very cost effective, also high availability

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Retail
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"Reliable, high available and dependable database management service"

What do you like best?

Never expected DBA's life will be so easy. It's managed database service from cloud market leader amazon web service.

More then anything else they have built in a such a way that it's to manage to admin's. Comes with lot of exciting features like read replica, point in time recovery, automatic snapsshots, backups, master-slave replication etc.

Provides data encryption also and comes with ssl certificate security service.

The best part of the RDS is admin's get to choose the kind of system they want for their respective application. Though it's managed cluster admin's will not have access to the underlying infra and OS.

Logs can be access. Also allows user to optimize the database using configurable parameters.

Comes in different flavors like mysql, MS SQL server, Oracle DB.

Attracts large customer base from Enterprise to start ups. AWS has built which is in compliance with mysql database.

The most important feature I liked personally about RDS is, the master-slave replication. If your RDS is deployed in multiple availability zones, as recommended. One have enjoy the perk of zero downtime or less then 60 seconds of downtime during the database upgrade.

What do you dislike?

It's highly secured though, admin's will not have access to the infra and OS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would like recommed RDS to all the customers ranging from Enterprise/Corp orates and startups.

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

Running e-commerce business from front end application to back end application data and report and analytic services on rds..

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Harpaul S.
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"Managed Database Service by Amazon and its Amazing"

What do you like best?

RDS is an amazing service by amazon, you can scale up and scale down your dbms anytime. its fully managed by amazon it self and requires only minimum configuration.

What do you dislike?

The only problem i found with is that you can not decrease storage(HDD) of an existing dbms. you will need to get a new instance for that.

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

Flexibility

Easy to set up and Use

Access Control using security group

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Agency in Computer Software
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"Solid database service"

What do you like best?

easy to set up and provision new RDS instances

What do you dislike?

Occasionally Amazon will depreciate a particular version and you are forced to "do some work" to migrate your database.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need a simple and fast way to scale your database then RDS is the right choose.

If you don't need to scale, or you are searching for a cheap solution avoid RDS

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

We reduce the mysql maintenance work of our databases.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Financial Services
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"Amazon RDS has its place"

What do you like best?

Very easy to use. Quick provisioning. Mostly hands off for admin Duties.

What do you dislike?

Expensive for full time use. No access to OS. No sysdba access.

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

We are using it to host some small databases that don’t have high-performance demands or need a lot of care and feeding. It’s a very quick for us to set these up and spin them down. It takes a lot of time out of the provisioning process.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Curtis R.
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"Solid cloud database option"

What do you like best?

AWS RDS is one of the best options for cloud database that I have used so far. My primary use is with the MySQL version and it works incredibly well and make DR/HA dead simple with the simplicity of setting up read replicas. Its also incredibly performant and, if youre using other AWS services like me, its a no brainer to allow secure connectivity from these other services.

What do you dislike?

Its not the greatest option for handling on-premise/hybrid workloads and is limited by the connection speed from on-premise systems. Properly securing this through a VPC requires configuring a VPN connection. While there are ways to minimize the impact of this and still have a performant system, truly production workloads really beg to be all on AWS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely take the time to understand your backup process, setup redundancy with read replicas and by all means - buy reserved instances once you've figured out your proper sizing. This will save you a ton of money.

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

The primary problem we are solving is providing highly scalable web applications in AWS with highly available redundant database backends. This has been a phenomenal success largely due to the simplicity of management and the ties into the AWS Security groups and VPC subnets. We're able to scale and protect these systems with minimal effort allowing our DBA and security teams to breath easily while increasing the ability of our dev teams to make rapid changes.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Internet
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"Amazing if you don't have a DBA on staff"

What do you like best?

I like how it takes much of the hassle of dealing with databases away - backups, redundancy and reliability are all taken care of for you.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how difficult it is to change the PostgreSQL config files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can, use it. It's worth it as a small team to be able to outsource this one bit of our infrastructure.

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

We are using it as the datalayer for a standard run-of-the-mill ecommerce site. It has freed our small team up to focus on writing code and solving business problems, instead of dealing with database servers.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Solid cloud database option for scaling"

What do you like best?

My primary use is with the MySQL version and it works incredibly well and make DR/HA dead simple with the simplicity of setting up read

What do you dislike?

Properly securing this through a VPC requires configuring a VPN connection. While there are ways to minimize the impact of this

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

we are solving is providing highly scalable web applications in AWS with highly available redundant database backends.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Internet
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"Multi Support DB Platform"

What do you like best?

All AWS services are easy to use, setup on cloud. Aamzon RDS is very flexible, scalable. It allows easy backup and has super awesome performance and is very reliable. It also allows to use your existing license to use with it's services.

What do you dislike?

If the business is growing so as the demand on AWS, its bit expensive as compared to dedicated DB systems.

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

Initially we used to manage our DB servers separately. Write scripts for backups, sometimes in master-slave environment, it used to fail. So we migrated our relations DB services to Amazon RDS.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Michael J.
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"Amazon Web Services S3 for Storing Data Backups"

What do you like best?

Amazon Web Services made it extremely easy to set up an account, configure a storage bucket, set permissions etc.

5GB for free storage was plenty to prove that my Proof of Concept would work with our new Office365 Backup Software. $.03 per GB Transferred made this a worthwhile application to store backups and other user data.

What do you dislike?

There isnt that much to dislike that I have discovered. They add new features to the AWS System every week. Some more details on options such as geo-replication could be helpful.

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

Going to Office365 and needed a could based backup solution, which included a Cloud storage provider.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Zachary O.
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"The Simplistic and Effective Cloud Solution"

What do you like best?

RDS allows our company the ability to cut costs without sacrificing performance. We love how easy the GUI is to use and how simple migrating over to this product truly is. Overall RDS is a simple solution for your database servers. Our costs have been cut and we have overall more sustainability and security since we're hosting things with AWS.

What do you dislike?

I have nothing that I personally dislike about this product. There is a learning curve involved with the first couple migrations but after this is accomplished you're off to the races with implementing a better and more secure DB environment for any purpose.

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

We're been cutting costs in our current budget for IT Infrastructure and RDS has given us the ability to do so quickly and effectively with very little effort involved. We're managed to turn some of out EC2 instances in AWS into RDS instances which makes everything more simplistic and effective in our workplace. I can't begin to explain how awesome it is to have things like this hosted in amazon's cloud. IMO no other cloud provider quite compares to AWS.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Internet
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"Zero maintenance database"

What do you like best?

There is no need to setup and maintain the database instance manually.

What do you dislike?

There isn't really cheap option to get started with smaller projects

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you don't want to worry about managing your own server instances it's a really good solution

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

Reducing management cost of the infrastructure by using managed services instead

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Ilan J.
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"great platform to allow sharing information/data in the cloud"

What do you like best?

comes from one of the most reputable vendors in the world and makes you feel secure

What do you dislike?

have not found a thing to dislike as long as the security is in place

Recommendations to others considering the product

this is a solid go to product

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

figuring out a global platform for data sharing and this does just that

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Exceptional service"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, Flexibility, Support and Scale-out, replication

What do you dislike?

RDS does not grant users SUPER privilege and this becomes annoying for someone who is used to having it on MySQL.

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

AWS RDS is a highly available relational database that offers a feature called Multi-AZ, which provides a SLA up-time of 99.95%. With the Multi-AZ feature enabled in a production database, AWS provides a synchronous “standby” replica of every database in another “zone.” Since both the database and its replica are in sync, there is no chance of data loss.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Hamid I.
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"Not bad, a bit confusing"

What do you like best?

What I like the best about the product is that it has all the features you need and even more,

What do you dislike?

What I really don't like about the product is that it is extremely NOT user friendly even for a tech savy professional.

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

Reliable and secure database access across the nation

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Automotive
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""It just works" database management"

What do you like best?

Very low maintenance and easily configurable security.

What do you dislike?

Steep learning curve for first time configuration.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Also consider DynamoDB, the managed NoSQL database from AWS. NoSQL has allowed incredibly rapid and easy growth in some of our recent projects. NoSQL is not the same as a traditional SQL database, but may provide an even better platform for agile systems.

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

We have been able to minimize database management costs and more easily control which systems and users have access to our database.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Consumer Goods
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"Great Product - Buy Support"

What do you like best?

Really nice to have backups taken care of for you! Make sure to ready the limitations for sql server.

What do you dislike?

Limitations apply for sql server. I had to research carefully to make sure it would work

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

Cloud db for my e-com website. Automated backups, highly available system, etc.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Retail
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"Stable hosting for the most important thing - your data"

What do you like best?

I love the way Amazon RDS allows you to set up backup strategies and allow you to protect your data using VPC.

What do you dislike?

The cost for Microsoft SQL Server hosting is a bit high.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be careful regarding the cost.

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

It provides a stable secure hosting for data.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Chris S.
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"Simple database service that (naturally) works great with EC2"

What do you like best?

My favorite aspect of RDS is the automated backups. Having database backups is always a must, so it's great to have a setup that works out of the box.

What do you dislike?

So far, I've not encountered any significant issues with RDS.

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

Web applications need a database, and since we opted for EC2 as our primary application server service, RDS was an automatic choice.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Stewart H.
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"An expensive but great database option"

What do you like best?

I like going from no database to database in second. I like having a database that can backup and restore itself from snapshots. I like having a database that can scale itself (within limits).

What do you dislike?

The price on this service is pretty high. Once you go to production, you will most likely be in a multi-region environment so the costs get multiplied.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Watch out for the costs once you go into a multi-zoned production environment on these as you will make it rain.

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

We are storing several key pieces of customer data.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Easy to set up and easy to use"

What do you like best?

That you can install a database quickly and easily. Back in the "old days" you'd build out a whole LAMP install. Or a complete data center. Now you can just install a database and be good to go. Awesome.

What do you dislike?

The cost can get high and it can be cheaper to just install you own on an EC2 instance.

Also it gets complex pretty quickly.

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

My employer uses it to run our product. We have quite a bit of RDS spend.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Akash S.
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"Great cloud database"

What do you like best?

The RDS service is highly responsive and has never crashed for any of my projects. It can be connected-to/used like any other MySql or Postgre database from any machine. The access can be limited to any given IP thus making it safe to use.

What do you dislike?

Doesn't provide any direct integration with java/android platforms and can only be used using some language such as php or python using a third server.

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

Used RDS for 3 of my projects for a steady and reliable backend.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User
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"Reliable DB as a service offering"

What do you like best?

Very reliable, reasonably priced, good management interface

What do you dislike?

Performance management is not easy, when the DB is overwhelmed it is very hard to find out what is went wrong.

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

Back end of our SaaS offering. Stores all metadata of our software.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Financial Services
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"Simple but expensive"

What do you like best?

SQL database. Easy to get started up. Simple user interface. Reliable.

What do you dislike?

The credential information changes (host, password, username, etc) each time you need to bind you service to this database which can become frustrating. The user interface limits the amount of records you can view making you think not all records were published. Database is relatively expensive.

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

Trying to find a database that is cheaper and easy to use. This product is cheaper than our current solution.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Good product"

What do you like best?

It was very easy to set up and it allows for overnight upgrades, which is useful when our customers are in the same time zone as us.

What do you dislike?

The pricing of RDS is more expensive when compared to EC2.

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

RDS allows my team to schedule capacity upgrades overnight, which is very convenient since the majority of our customers are in the same time zone. Therefore, overnight is a useful concept when it comes to pre-defining maintenance windows.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Cihangir S.
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"Daily User of AWS RDS"

What do you like best?

It comes with all basic functionality that are required for managing a database like monitoring, backup, automatic failover, multi-AZ deployment, configuration all ready.

What do you dislike?

Not to be able to shutdown the machine without terminating it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you dont want to administer your DB by yourself, it will be a perfect fit for you, with one click you will have monitoring, backup, automatic failover, multi-AZ deployment, monitoring, set-up, configuration

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

We are using it as our main database provider

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Amazing services with amazing performance"

What do you like best?

Automated backup, redundancy and better security

What do you dislike?

Pricing is not cheap compared with other services

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need someone to take over your DB management, RDS is the way to go

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

Reduce the management required for databases

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Kelly F.
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"Time efficient and convenient "

What do you like best?

It’s is cost efficient, easy to manage, and convenient

What do you dislike?

It’s not entirely user friendly. There’s definitely a learning curve when starting to use the software

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

Convenient database platform that keeps everything in one place

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"RDS instance with apache calcite"

What do you like best?

Starting RDS instances with databases was flawless and easy to use

What do you dislike?

Adding security groups for RDS was tricky

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

Setting up calcite with multiple RDS to query different databases at the same time.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Great Service for your database. "

What do you like best?

The ability to have a database server managed for you with the minor updates. The ability to make and save snapshots at will and nightly is great.

What do you dislike?

The way they have the configuration options set up can be a hassle.

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

We needed strong scalable database hosting for a high availability application and this works great.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Retail
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"Amazon RDS - Great Autoscaling Cloud Based Data Engines"

What do you like best?

Auto-scalability, great performance and a great selection of engines to suit many needs.

What do you dislike?

Nothing, have been very happy with Aurora.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely try AWS RDS solutions particularly Aurora if you are currently running a MySQL backend. Performance is great and scalability is fantastic.

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

Currently using AWS Aurora DB for a direct replacement of MySQL for our ecommerce site and DynamoDB for our Apple iPhone back end requirements.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Publishing
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"Easier than SELECT *"

What do you like best?

Fast setup, easy configuration, easily scalable, industry standards.

What do you dislike?

Cost can be prohibitive if you don’t have your DB instances properly sized/cached.

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

Eliminating on-site DBs and providing fast scaling.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Program Development
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"Awesome MySQL"

What do you like best?

Its fast and reliable.

Works perfectly with amazons VPC intagrating with EC2 and Lambda functions

What do you dislike?

It is a relational database, so, structure is pretty importante, on that said you must not alter structure without side effects.

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

I've been developing a system that aims to solve education problems to final exams.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Marcos D.
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"Good and envolving"

What do you like best?

General environment reliability and simple and effective backup solution

What do you dislike?

Too many server class options with too many variables to consider

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

e-commerce solutions. auto scale infrastructure.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Using RDS for Full Stack Development"

What do you like best?

We are using an AWS cloud infrastructure for our product and RDS integrates well with the rest of the system.

What do you dislike?

I have not had any problems that cause me to dislike it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely should be used when using other AWS services.

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

Storing data that are used in our EC2 instances. Very easy integration.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Used it with AWS"

What do you like best?

Using it with AWS is the best thing and great support from amazon

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it does not respond propely which irritates the user

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

We are using AWS in our company and rds is a part of it. So quering is one part solving by the rds

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Awesome, so simple and quick"

What do you like best?

Ease of setup was, well, what can I say. Awesome! You can easily spin up an RDS instance with MySql, Postgres etc. You can create configuration settings for one instance and share with all others.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really here to complain about. The only thing that I think would be awesome is the ability to access the file system the RDS instances are on. This can come in handy for some security needs. Especially with being in the cloud security is a big issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your using Amazon already than it is a no brainer. Focus on more implementations and automation and less on database management.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User
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"Easy to use relational database as a service"

What do you like best?

Very easy to use, almost no barrier to start developing an application in AWS infrastructure, support of most popular database engines.

What do you dislike?

Expensive, lack of support of some relational database features.

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

The primary use is database for relational data in internet applications.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Low-friction database"

What do you like best?

- Ease of setup and maintenance -- talks far less time to set up a DB from scratch

- Thorough documentation

What do you dislike?

Expensive, pricing can be hard to estimate

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

Bootstrapping applications quickly without the hassle of running our own DBs

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Internet
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"Hadoop Admin - IT OPS Lead"

What do you like best?

It's easy to use , It works like a charm.

What do you dislike?

you can not manage AWS SDB via AWS console.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes, i strongly recommend that.

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

Moved our stats DB from Physical server to RDS for manageability. It works great.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Lance M.
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"Amazon Review"

What do you like best?

Amazon Prime, Free 2-Day Shipping! A lot of items.

What do you dislike?

Not enough products, but that's about it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

High recommended to others, great customer support.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Apparel & Fashion
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"acceptional"

What do you like best?

the best part about the program is the easy to use interface and programming UX design

What do you dislike?

The cost can be additionally high for smaller firms and users

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

benefits include increased efficiency and reporting of data and information

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Consultant
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"Easy to use with great features"

What do you like best?

The fact that I could make changes from my iPhone and it was easy and painless

What do you dislike?

Everything I needed was there and workin as expected. No cons here

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

Great up time and less it headaches

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Computer Software
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"Great database system"

What do you like best?

Easy to use for the first time. Good walk through for assisting development

What do you dislike?

Might have just been me but only available for aws deployment

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

So far haven't had any problems with it

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Internet
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"easy and reliable"

What do you like best?

RDS is very easy to set up and also easy to scale.

What do you dislike?

The console interface is very busy and confusing.

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

It serves as a hosting platform for our Postgres instances.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by User in Computer Software
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"Fun and easy to set up and get started"

What do you like best?

Easy to use. The documentation available on AWS makes everything pretty easy to use and implement.

What do you dislike?

Prices! Can work out expensive so watch your setting while set up.

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

Use for prod database, pretty fast, high IOPS

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"It works!"

What do you like best?

Simple, available, copyable, daily backups. Affordable.

What do you dislike?

The management GUI is clunky. That's all.

Recommendations to others considering the product

its worth the time it takes to learn it.

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

It's our MySQL database.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) review by Consultant in Marketing and Advertising
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"Cloud based database engines!"

What do you like best?

Automatic database patches & backup. Point-in-time recovery.

What do you dislike?

Since it is shared database hosting, encryption is not at its best

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

RDS is very scalable and I realized it is very cost effective.

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