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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 Jonathan P.
Jonathan P.
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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 Simão A.
Simão A.
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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.

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

Thanks for letting us know!
SimpleDB review by Ian N.
Ian N.
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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 Lucas P.
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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.

SimpleDB review by User
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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.

SimpleDB review by User in Telecommunications
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"used as our backend for a application "

What do you like best?

With AWS you can skip a lot of the configuration steps that you would have to do otherwise you would have to spend a lot more time getting everything together. It was beneficial to use because there is a good amount of documentation for aws although it is difficult to understand.

What do you dislike?

Its alot harder to use and setup than say Google's firebase. Also its kind of difficult to really get a good idea of estimated cost that you will be charged per month of use unless you really know certain things.

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

we used aws simple db to be our backend database for a sql server that connected to our react application. was used to store information for a scheduling framework application. It worked great except for not including authentication for users. we had to kinda mesh together both cognito and aws's simple db for it to work in that regard.

SimpleDB review by DHAVAL S.
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"Reliable cloud computing service"

What do you like best?

I like the security of data provided by amazon web service. I always store my private data with Amazon web service. I always like to use this for AI or Machine Learning. I like amazon the computing service runs code to response events very quickly. I can store millions of records with amazon AWS.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the cost of service. It is very expensive.

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

With Amazon cloud I can store very large data efficiently. I also solve security issues by using amazon web service. I have used for Big Data Project .

SimpleDB review by Chris M.
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"It was great before DynamoDB, now we are all on DynamoDB."

What do you like best?

It was great when it was the only NoSQL DB supported by AWS. I love that every key is indexed so it was easy to construct very complex queries even in a highly-scalable environment.

What do you dislike?

Did you know there are limits to the number of records you can have? I didn't. I also didn't know there was a limit to how much data you could have on one record, or the number of keys you could have on one record. Now that DynamoDB is out and really in it's prime, there is *no reason to still use SDB*. Just don't use it anymore. DynamoDB is way faster and easier to scale.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't, use DynamoDB instead. Although Amazon hasn't officially said they will stop supporting SimpleDB, all the new features and toys are in DynamoDB, not SimpleDB.

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

Switched away from a hosted SQL database to SDB. Helped us scale a lot and helped us in the transition to the cloud, before DynamoDB was available.

SimpleDB review by João F.
João F.
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"Very, well, Simple product. Ease of use, very good documentation, and decent performance."

What do you like best?

It's just what you are used to. Nothing fancy, no tricks or huge consistency issues. With minimum distributed systems knowledge you can use this.

What do you dislike?

Performance doesn't match DynamoDB, but it's not supposed to. This is a simpler version, with lower performance requirements.

Recommendations to others considering the product

First, get your requirements right! SimpleDB is the perfect DB for the right requirements. Many pundits classify it as a average DB, which it is, but if you requirements are the right ones, this is the perfect product for your application. Forecast use, study desired performance, and you choose the perfect DB for you.

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

I was doing a a distributed cache and used SimpleDB as backend. Since it was a simple prototype, this was the perfect distributed database.

SimpleDB review by Richard M.
Richard M.
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"a great database manager for simple applications!"

What do you like best?

What I like most is the easy and fast storage through web services. They provide a direct way to access data immediately.

What do you dislike?

What I do not like is that it does not provide much documentation in Spanish for the Hispanic community.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If what you want is a simple and small application with cloud storage based on web services this is the best option!

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

With this database manager, integrate a desktop application through the JDBC in less than a week. simply great.

SimpleDB review by User
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"It's amazon, what do you expect? It's great."

What do you like best?

It's amazon, what do you expect? It's great. Noticed that queries against amazon's solution are faster than other database.

What do you dislike?

There are some limitations I'm not overly fond of, but in spite of those, I think it's good. There are limits on query times, sizes of the dataset, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Low cost, free tier is pretty great!

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

Using this for free the free tier as of right now, and really just in evaluation period.

SimpleDB review by Laura B.
Laura B.
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"Decent cloud DB solution"

What do you like best?

I enjoy using Amazon tools as they tend to be well documented and supported

What do you dislike?

Steep learning curve for those unfamiliar with basic database administration practices

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

free cloud-based database

SimpleDB review by Michelle G.
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"Perfect for experienced user"

What do you like best?

The syntax used and ease of creating queries.

What do you dislike?

The complicated procedure for establishing and setting up a new database.

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

Improved the accuracy of our analytics.

SimpleDB review by Owen R.
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"SimpleDB is a great way to do light weight object storage for Cloud Based Applications"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of getting up and running without having to install software or configure or size a server. Basically just name a data store then write key/value pairs to it.

What do you dislike?

Most of the things I would describe as dislikes are simply a mis-application of the Simple DB. No transactions, no joins (at least not in the SQL sense of the word.) Trying to get complicated data structures to remain consistent within Simple DB can raise more complexity than it is worth resolving. Then again, it is called Simple DB, so if you are trying to do something enormously complex, this is probably the wrong tool.

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

I was writing a prototype for an AWS management console. I wrote a python library to store users, groups, permissions, etc. in Simple DB. This was an ideal use case for Simple DB. If I were doing some sort of stock trading web site where immediate consistency were required, I would definitely not use this tool.

SimpleDB review by User in Financial Services
User in Financial Services
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"Great out of the box solution for your DB solution"

What do you like best?

If you decided to use Amazon for your implementation please consider simple DB for your database needs. It'll speed up your time to market, and be quick and easy to implement. Please note this is not a fit for all solution, so evaluate for your needs first. Quick POC is always a good approach if in doubt

What do you dislike?

It's simple might not be a fit for all of your database needs

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do a small pilot to see if it fits for your purposes.

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

Setup quick multi-tired solutions in the cloud, Speed to market is great using this tool.

SimpleDB review by Srinivasa Ravi Teja P.
Srinivasa Ravi Teja P.
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"Worked on SimpleDB as a part of school project work"

What do you like best?

I worked on it as a part of school project where we implemented buffer management, non-quiescient checkpointing, joins and also implemented scan and plan interfaces.

I've got to look at the simpleDB's original code and also work on some parts of it.

I've found that simpleDB is pretty simple to use.

What do you dislike?

I did not get to see the enterprise version of the simpleDB, but I felt that the version simpleDB I worked on was not going to meet the enterprise standards.

Recommendations to others considering the product

From my experience with working on it as a part of school project work, I can say that it was pretty simple to use.

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

I did not try to solve any of the business problems

SimpleDB review by Chaitanya R.
Chaitanya R.
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"Ready-made software for running Big Data jobs"

What do you like best?

You need not install anything and you need not have servers , if you want to use Big data system for once especially for student projects, you can use AWS simple DB, It is very simple to use.

What do you dislike?

Creating EC2 connection is sometimes confusing and I need to do several times. It's difficult to customize

Recommendations to others considering the product

You need not require anything to install on your system and ease of use is good

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

I was working on a Big Data student project for one of the course in the University and my university didn't have Hadoop and Big data systems installed so I need to use something available online and I came to know about AWS and its very easy and gives results fast.

SimpleDB review by User in Internet
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"Simple DB is for Simple use cases!"

What do you like best?

As the name suggests its simple! Storing the data and managing is as simple as such using a webservice.

Also it is non relational so there are constraints in maintaining for different kinds of data.

I was using this database as a combination of AWS, EC2, S3. Setting this database was as difficult and confusing as any other AWS instances. There are different country regions and to choose where the database would be and then create domains, data, attributes etc etc. But this is also an advantage as it writes to multiple zones and durable.

Similar to AWS access management can be configured at user level and for domains. It can be best used when use cases are on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. Like maintaining S3 metadata on simple db. The pricing is like pay for what you use so that should be OK if it meets your requirements. Though amazon dynamo db is getting popular like very other database simple db has its own characteristics to be considered for!

What do you dislike?

The main issue with this database is doing any algebraic operations or running date functions on columns or aggregations etc. Also pricing. For most of the use cases we can use other famous databases like HBase especially when you have set up Hadoop cluster and running Map Reduce jobs.

Indexes wise simple DB looks better. It automatically indexes all data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

So if you are just looking for storing a small sized non relational or unstructured data and you do not do any major database operations then SimpleDB is for you! It is Highly available and flexible non-relational data store.

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

Main advantage is there is no database developer or admin support needed. It can be used as any other key value database.

SimpleDB review by Devon A.
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"The name says it all"

What do you like best?

Simple database to set up and start using

What do you dislike?

No issues with Amazon SimpleDB at the moment

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

Store information in a database for quick access and querying operations

SimpleDB review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"im a programmar "

What do you like best?

i dont have to think, the features are easy to figure out

What do you dislike?

too many little features; by that I mean, not enough advanced features

Recommendations to others considering the product

should definitely use it unless you are looking for more advanced features, which are not currently available;

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

storing data in the backend

SimpleDB review by User
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"Lightweight db"

What do you like best?

Amazon SimpleDB is a distributed database that has been helpful for deploying in EC2 and S3 web services.

What do you dislike?

We have not used Amazon SimpleDB for a long time, so We did not find any issues yet while using the Amazon SimpleDB.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ask for a trial and demo and test this db

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

We use Amazon as our hosting solution and it works great.

SimpleDB review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Amazon Web Services Review"

What do you like best?

Easy to use for hosting web applications. AWS management console is well designed allows easy customization and configuration.

What do you dislike?

Not the best for small applications. AWS should split services to small, medium, enterprise scale applications.

Recommendations to others considering the product

AWS is fine, as long as you don't rely too much on the web interface.

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

Store shipping volume data. Close to 5 million total records, 50,000 per day.

SimpleDB review by Agency in Consumer Goods
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"Affordable, Easy Setup but..."

What do you like best?

I liked how easy it was to use, the scalability and the reasonability of the price point.

What do you dislike?

Difficult to manage, especially when migrating web platforms and making internal changes. It's also very easy to get lost in without training.

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

Cloud storage for website clients. The problem it was used to solve is a storage solution at an affordable price.

SimpleDB review by User
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"Amazing software"

What do you like best?

Highly customizable. Lots of Amazon cloud service options and third-party programs, Application programming interfaces (APIs) available. Strong emphasis on securing server instances. Supports wide variety of Windows and Linux servers. Less expensive upfront costs.

What do you dislike?

Nothing much , it is a pretty good system

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

Cloud storage of softwares and retrieval

SimpleDB review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Really like the flexibility of SimpleDB"

What do you like best?

SimpleDB is very simple to use and it works very smoothly with other Amazon Web services.

What do you dislike?

I cannot think of anything major that is missing.

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

We are using it as a simple NoSQL data store. It is very simple to use and it is very inexpensive to use.

SimpleDB review by User in Higher Education
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"I used for my project in grad studies"

What do you like best?

Its is easy to store your data in buckets in amazon web services. I could create multiple clusters and use it with different processing programs that I wanted to use to evaluate the data. Since it is a cloud computing platform can be accessed and evaluated from any terminal.

What do you dislike?

I was not able to figure out a way to manipulate data, So I ended up uploading the manipulated data every time I changed it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Could work as perfect DB for could computing purposes.

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

I was trying to use it for my project in Big data course.

SimpleDB review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"It’s a great product "

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to use. This DB keeps it simple for a non advanced user to build a database.

What do you dislike?

I don’t dislike anything about the product.

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

A cleaner way to access data.

SimpleDB review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"AWS Review"

What do you like best?

Being open source software. I can increase the storage according to business need.

What do you dislike?

Not very user friendly. The data retrieval is not very fast.

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

Data storage. Huge data storage on demand.

SimpleDB review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"SimpleDB is very intuitive to use; has all the features that a business/individual requires."

What do you like best?

Seamless UX; User friendly; Business/Individual user's layout

What do you dislike?

Almost nothing to discuss about disadvantages.

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

Mostly deployed as a Central Repository for File?Document sharing across the team and across the Client.

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