Amazon RDS Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Amazon RDS

Relational database service software

4.76/5 (147 reviews)

Amazon RDS overview

What is 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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Pricing

Starting from
$0.01/month
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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 other markets, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Japanese, Korean
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Amazon RDS reviews

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Monish Kumar K

Cost Effective and Fully Cloud Managed Relational Database Service

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-04-20
Review Source: Capterra

Had A Really Great Experience with RDS, I have been evaluating Aurora with Native RDS so i will be talking more about Aurora in this Review

Pros
RDS provides support for verity of database systems like mysql, postgreSql, Maria DB, Oracle, Microsoft Sql and a hybrid Aurora (supports both mysql & psql) Resizing, network management processes like subnet and security group are easily manageable. Using Aurora it has become easy to transfer data from DB to S3 using "INTO OUTFILE S3" query Aurora is really faster when it comes to executing heavy flock of query simultaneously when compared with its native RDS, it increases the over all through put Aurora Server less is a extremely cost effective solution when used with proper configurations, it scales up and scales down as per its usage (pay per sec) Supports Auto Backing up and scheduled snapshotting which stores the DB snapshot in S3, which helps in recovery at times of data deleted by mistake or data corruption by some failure in the application etc Aurora provides Export Snapshot to S3 feature, its a additional feature towards data movement from RDS to S3, from this we can easily migrate data from RDS to Redshift or Athena via S3

Cons
Can't change subnet of a multi AZ RDS Database directly, to achieve this i had to first change my DB to single AZ Aurora Server less dose not scale up when used with low CPU utilising application, user should have given the flexibility to change the autoscaling parameter for Aurora server less (CPU utilisation 70%) Aurora the use of "INTO OUTFILE S3" query requires some additional setup steps at the s3 bucket end and IAM role which is well documented, but quite confusing, Aurora dose not support newer mysql or psql versions which are supported by its native RDS's Aurora when compared with its native RDS its slower for executing single queries, officers Aurora is really faster when it comes to executing heavy flock of query simultaneously, but at the least we expect Aurora to perform as the same level as its native RDS when it comes to single queries Aurora's Export Snapshot to S3 feature only supports Parquet file format, and on trigging Export it takes more time to start, it wold be better if the process starts instantaneously

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

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

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-07-29
Review Source: Capterra

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)

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Benjamin Bergen

Works well

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-06-23
Review Source: Capterra

It's worked well for me.

Pros
Backed by AWS - corporate level product for an affordable price.

Cons
No support included. Need to figure out your issues on your own or pay (extensively) for support.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Amazon RDS is really simple and lightweight.

Reviewed 2018-04-24
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Amazon RDS is really simple and lightweight. It is easy to use and scale up in the cloud. Easy to setup.

Cons
I have not used Amazon Relational Database extensively, so I did not find any drawbacks forAmazon Relational Database.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Muhammad Arsalan Niazi

AWS RDS Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-06-10
Review Source: Capterra

My company need a simple and fast scalable solution for managing MySQL databases therefore we chose RDS. Prior to RDS we were managing DB clusters installed on VMs on Hyper Visors, and it was a cumbersome job. Though switching to RDS does make our life easy but RDS is not a cheap solution though.

Pros
Easily Scalable as per need. AWS manage you infrastructure completely. Fast Disaster recovery if planned the architecture correctly. Multi AZ deployment and Read replica supported. Supported various DB services like MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server and Postgres. Backup procedure is very easy.

Cons
Cost on higher side. Lack of control on your DB instance, though it's good but at times you need some tweaking todo.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Amazon RDS pricing

Starting from
$0.01/month
Pricing options
Free
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Free trial
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Amazon RDS is free to try, and users only pay for what they use.

Amazon RDS features

Access Control
Monitoring
Permission Management

API (381 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (207 other apps)
Activity Tracking (109 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (109 other apps)
Auditing (109 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (154 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (106 other apps)
Compliance Management (112 other apps)
Data Import/Export (141 other apps)
Data Visualization (102 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (110 other apps)
Real Time Data (101 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (127 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (155 other apps)
Role-Based Permissions (96 other apps)
Third Party Integration (206 other apps)
Workflow Management (132 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
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Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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Additional information for Amazon RDS

Key features of Amazon RDS

  • Backup
  • Best Practice Recommendations
  • Database Snapshots
  • Encryption
  • Failure Detection
  • General Purpose/Provisioned IOPS Storage
  • Granular Control
  • Network Isolation
  • Patching
  • Performance Analysis
  • Provisioning
  • Push-button Compute Scaling
  • Queries
  • Read Replicas
  • Recovery
  • Resource-Level Permissions
  • Storage Optimization
  • Storage Scaling
  • Usage Metrics
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