SimpleDB

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SimpleDB is a highly available and flexible non-relational data store that offloads the work of database administration.

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SimpleDB review by <span>Jonathan P.</span>
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Good Option

What do you like best?

SimpleDB is just like what the name says, very easy to use but so powerful tool, is a non relational DB, no SQL, if you need a place to store your data, this is one of the best ways to do it, if you are user of EC2 in amazon, you can connect them really easy, the payment options is one of the best thing, because you pay only for what you use, also there is a free tier usage, which help you to learn about the tool and test it before to buy. Is so easy to monitoring, and let you focus only on development of the app, high security level, good encryption of the data

What do you dislike?

Free tier usage is very limited, only 25hours monthly, if you do not check the limit often, maybe you will see some surprises on your credit card. But they will send you to message, before reach the free tier limit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need storage, your database is non relational, and you need focus only on the development of the app, SimpleDB is what do you need, will save you time, and money, because you will pay only for what you use, so it will work for small-medium-big project.

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

I use it to store data from server games, because is cheaper than EC2, so i mix Ec2 with SimpleDB, and i pay only for what i use. Is very useful to develop API, very low latency for querys and requests.

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SimpleDB review by <span>Simão A.</span>
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Hiper Available Databases

What do you like best?

As a main focus we must highlight the high availability of NoSQL databases. This Amazon service is also quite secure so we can use sensitive information. Compared to other database services in the cloud, this is a very competitive price. It is also a very easy to use service, optimized for performance. The secret of the high availability of the database is based on the garcia of the several replicas distributed gerographically.

What do you dislike?

There are no big points to criticize negatively also for still using the service in relatively little time. I just think they should provide more features to test though for a limited time for the customer to be able to set up a functional database and thus verify that switching to this service would make their service faster. With a limit of 1Gb and 25 hours it is not possible to test causing many potential users not to ponder this service.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to set up a small test when you are testing SimpleDB as there are relatively low limits. If your current problem is the speed of availability of your database, SimpleDB is the solution for you. It's also a good choice for anyone who wants to develop games, only if they have to worry about development and leave the work of database administration for Amazon :)

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

I implemented this service to make faster access for my users to a large amount of data that used to take a lot of time to load all the resources they had to search for.

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SimpleDB review by <span>Ian N.</span>
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Simple solution for easy data management

What do you like best?

The data that you store in SimpleDB can be accessed from the Internet and from EC2. The security of that data is vital for many applications, while the security of the underlying web services account should be important to everyone. To protect data integrity, access to SimpleDB, no matter what type, is protected by account credentials. Every request must provide the correct and authorized digital signature(s) or else it is rejected with an error code.

What do you dislike?

There are still some modifications that could be done to high request load handling. There are some instances when you notice a severe latency all determined by the load at hand, but could be more efficient in its request handling.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great strides have been made in cloud computing and storage. Amazon's simpledb packages a great performing product with some specialized support on hand at your request.

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

Major benefit is the basis of its service, web service providing structured data storage in the cloud and backed by clusters upon clusters of Amazon-managed and monitored database servers. The data requires no prior schema and is stored securely in the cloud. There are query functions within, and all the data values you store are fully indexed. There is no minimum charge, and you are only billed for your actual usage.

SimpleDB review by <span>Lucas P.</span>
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A Cloud Based DB for anyone not just a DB

What do you like best?

Amazon makes accessing a DB really just as its name states, Simple. I have been able to build out Databases in minutes and get them working in the cloud very quickly.

What do you dislike?

There is a little bit of a learning curve with all of Amazon's products and it seems like their navigation changes quite frequently. Once you get comfortable enough with the product, SimpleDB gets better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SimpleDB is a great tool, but it does have some limitations once you get into more complex database designs. Some things are still more powerful in the MS versions.

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

We were often hosting local servers with databases and having issues when it came time for backups and restoring things. Now with our sites and servers in the cloud, the connection to a database in the cloud is just logical.

SimpleDB review by Executive Sponsor
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Simplified DB from a PM

What do you like best?

I'm a project manager and my team ha used this for the last application we stood up. We already were utilizing AWS, so the choice to utilize Simple DB went through our ARB quickly as the recommended solution. What I've found most appealing from my standpoint is the reduced risk and maintenance for the solution. Without worrying about complex maintenanace, and simplified querying of the DB, the team is able to focus on more pertinent and demanding tasks.

What do you dislike?

Based off of the feedback from the team, i've had no issues with Simple DB. It works as expected and the Database admins were able to get up to speed during the design phase of the project to be able to set up and maintain as needed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Especially if you're already using AWS, then this would be the best way to capitalize on the same platform.

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

DB for AWS. The main benefit were just simplified querying and also maintenance. Standing up was simple as well. A task that may have taken my team 2 weeks, was a mere day of following MRGs.

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The best experience to facilitate and speed up the search for information

What do you like best?

What I like about Amazon SimpleDB is that it offers a simple web services interface to create and store several data sets, easily consult the data and obtain the results of those queries. The data is indexed automatically, which facilitates and speeds up the search for information. It is not necessary to predefine or change schemas if data is added later. And the extension is very simple: just create new domains instead of developing new servers.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing that you do not like. It is very easy to use and very efficient. Not only that, the most amazing thing is that new and existing customers receive 25 hours of SimpleDB machine and 1 GB of free storage every month.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I love! There is nothing to improve because the truth is in the right direction.

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

One of the main technical benefits that I obtained from Amazon SimpleDB is the automatic replication and redundant geographically, something that no other software provides me. Each time a data element is stored, several replicas are created in different data centers of the selected region. In the unlikely event that the data center runs out of power, this guarantees the availability and durability of the data. Without a doubt, it is a huge advantage.

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