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Amazon RDS Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Amazon RDS product overview

Price starts from

$

0.01

/momonth
Per Feature

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.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Email/Help Desk
Chat

Training options

Webinars
Documentation
Live Online

Amazon RDS pricing information

Value for money

4.3

/5

164

Price starts from

$

0.01

/momonth
Per Feature

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

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Amazon RDS features

Functionality

4.6

/5

164
Total Features19 5 categories

Most valued features by users

Access Controls/Permissions
Monitoring
Alerts/Notifications
User Management
Mobile Access
Data Replication
Data Storage Management
Usage Tracking/Analytics

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Amazon RDS users reviews

Overall rating

4.8

/5

164

Positive reviews

99%

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Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.9/10
Rating distribution

5

4

3

2

1

126

36

2

0

0

Pros
This is a great way to use a relational DBMS without managing it , it is a great experience using this service.

MK

Mahesh K.

The security management is really good, we can set all types of security managements like, subnet, security group, VPC, IAM role etc, which will take a lot of effort if gone manually.

MM

MANAS M.

What I like about RDS is the variety of database options from both a hardware and software standpoint. In addition, it's easy to have a database stood up within 10 to 15 minutes.

CS

Christopher S.

Cons
Not much that I can provide as dislike for this server.

MI

Mike I.

Since it's not a self-hosted service, there are some low level features that are missing.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

It's very hard to get started. UI is extremely bloated and near impossible to navigate if you don't know what you're looking for.

Miko G.

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Overall Rating

Amazon RDS User Review

Reviewed 6 months ago

Transcript

Justin: Hi, I'm Justin, DevOps engineer, and I give AWS RDS five out of five stars. For more reviews...

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Cost Effective and Fully Cloud Managed Relational Database Service

Reviewed 2 years ago

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...

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...

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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

Reviewed 2 years ago

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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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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The cloud is here

Reviewed 16 days ago

In general, this software is really good and efficient, you could do many things and your information is safe.

Pros

I really like this software and I would sincerally recommend it. It is simple, practical and easy to use.

Cons

I think the only thing that I don't quite like is the cost. I think it is a little expensive.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Will cost you all yourmoney.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Easy to setup. Very expensive. Play great with other AWS services. The main issue is that metrics collected manually will never meet AWS metrics which are used to bill your stack. And of course AWS point of view will be much costly. Their Enterprise Support can not understand why metrics extracted from DB itself do not meet billing metrics and will endlessly redirect you to yet another expert.

Pros

Requires minimum knowledge or time to set up the database. Everything you need is basically there. Documentation is fantastic. It just works and takes all the burden of infrastructure management from you. A handful of engines, version, and extensions to them are supprted. Integrated seamless to AWS infrastructure.

Cons

Price. It will literally eat 7/8 of your infrastructure budget. Metrics lies. Performance insight simply does not work. Note, this is an opinion of somebody who paid for AWS Enterprise support (sigh, that's me) Backups are not backups per se, this is filesystem rsync. So it is easy to end up with broken DB. Support is very poor.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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AWS RDS Review

Reviewed 2 years ago

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.

Amazon RDS FAQs and common questions

Amazon RDS has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $0.01/month
Pricing model: Free, Subscription
Free Trial: Available


Amazon RDS has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business


Amazon RDS supports the following languages:
English


No, Amazon RDS does not have an API available.


Amazon RDS integrates with the following applications:
Aurora, Amazon EC2


Amazon RDS offers the following support options:
Email/Help Desk, Chat

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