About Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS is a relational database service software designed to help users set up, operate and scale databases such as Amazon Aurora, MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and PostgreSQL in the cloud. With Amazon RDS, users can manage routine database tasks like patching, provisioning, backups, failure detection, recovery, and repair.

Amazon RDS enables users to launch database instances and connect applications quickly and easily. The platform supports automatic software patching, and offers best practice guidance through configuration analysis and usage metrics. Amazon RDS provides recommendations for areas like database engine versions, storage, networking, instance types, and storage. Users can search and perform recommended actions instantly, or schedule them for later.

Amazon RDS facilitates general purpose (SSD) and provisioned IOPS (SSD) storage, as well as push-button compute scaling, storage scaling, and read replicas. Other Amazon RDS features include automated backups, database snapshots, multi-AZ deployments, and automatic host replacement. The platform ensures database security with at rest and in transit encryption, network isolation, and resource-level permissions. Amazon RDS also supports event notifications, monitoring and metrics, and configuration governance.


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Value for Money
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Features
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Ease of Use
4,4/5
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4,4/5

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  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

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Reviewed on 2018/05/06

Pros

Amazon has worked hard to democratises databases, it's easy to set up a variety of different type of databases: SQL, Oracle, MySQL etc and perform things that typically have been a little more complicated with just a few clicks for example snapshots and database mirrors for you analytical platform.

Choose the region in which you're seeking to operate with just a few clicks, and it's pretty easy to kick off auto-scaling etc.

Cons

You need to be careful with billing surprises, make sure that you're familiar with Cloudwatch before you start playing with RDS.

Keep an eye on how much it's costing you.

Amazon may be elastic, but your budget probably lacks the same amount of elasticity.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Civic & Social Organization
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Amazing relational database which is easy to setup and use provided you have the technical...

Reviewed on 2019/07/29

AWS RDS can be linked with Victorops/splunk/slack and what not to constantly monitor the state of...

AWS RDS can be linked with Victorops/splunk/slack and what not to constantly monitor the state of the database and set up alerts for catching problems. It can automatically save regular copies of the database.

Pros

ease of setup
ease of taking snapshots
no configurational drainers
very easy to set up alerts for monitoring problems in the database
debugging is a breeze.

Cons

It is easy to get lost without an UI.
also replicating databases can get stuck sometimes if you don't know what you are doing.
replication can be pain depending upon whether you want (master-master) or (master-slaves)

Alternatives Considered

Google Cloud

Switched From

Google Cloud

Reasons for Switching to Amazon RDS

GCP was sort of handing off sensitive data over to Google and flying blind. AWS RDS debugging is much more useful when a problem arises. aws was a no contest choice despite it's expenditure.
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  • Industry: Government Administration
  • Company size: 5 001–10 000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Amazon RDS how is useful

Reviewed on 2023/02/11

Its can be scaled a push of button. So i prefer this.

Its can be scaled a push of button. So i prefer this.

Pros

Its saves time of their employees, productivity increased and cost of data management is reduced

Cons

Their cost is high, because they make monopoly and less competitive.

Hung
Hung
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 1 001–5 000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

A simple setting up relational database in the cloud

Reviewed on 2019/12/19

We use RDS with MySQL and PostgreSQL as primary database for my Applications which deploys in EC2...

We use RDS with MySQL and PostgreSQL as primary database for my Applications which deploys in EC2 and ECS, AWS IAM and VPC are used to limit access to RDS only from the backed Component and do not expose RDS to publish. we reply on AWS on backup, snapshot and database patch.

Pros

Amazon RDS is easy to create and maintain, just a few clicks to set up a new Database instance and AWS will take care of all maintenance and upgrade task. RDS is well integrated with other AWS component for security, role-based access and query access. RDS is cheap compared with other solution and it has flexible on select instance size, engine, purchase mode and scale mode for cost-optimized. AWS RDS provides fast response and very reliable

Cons

We should trickly use AWS version of the database engine. Its database logs are not kept for a long time and we have to use additional solution for keeping the log.

Pawe
Pawe
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

RDS as a database for Web Applications

Reviewed on 2022/08/09

Pros

It has met all our requirements regarding costs and storage. We observed no downtimes. Once set up, we did not have to manage it at all. Really enjoyed the backup functionality.

Cons

Deployment was quite hard as for most of AWS infrastructure, but once you get over initial struggles it becomes relatively easy

Alternatives Considered

Amazon DynamoDB

Reasons for Switching to Amazon RDS

Previous experience with AWS.
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Amazon RDS FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Amazon RDS.

Amazon RDS offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$0,01/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Amazon RDS is free to try, and users only pay for what they use.

Amazon RDS has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1 000, 1 001–5 000

Amazon RDS supports the following languages:

English

Amazon RDS supports the following devices:

Amazon RDS integrates with the following applications:

Amazon Aurora, Amazon EC2

Amazon RDS offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Chat

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