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Amazon RDS is a relational database service software designed to help users set up, operate and scale databases such as Amazon...

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PostgreSQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS), which helps businesses store, manage, and scale...

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Pros

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

Pros

It is an impressive open source software, really reliable. I love its PostGIS spatial module, which enables powerful geospatial functions.
After switching over from Access, it has been nice to be able to have a more robust experience.
It's a great relational database management system. It's open-source, free, reliable and secure.

Cons

Not much that I can provide as dislike for this server.
Since it's not a self-hosted service, there are some low level features that are missing.
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.

Cons

Probably because of bad stats but from time to time the problem happens again.
Lot of features are missing from it as compared to the other products in the market.
I had skipped the few initial classes and missed the part where the professor taught how to use the app.
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Key features

  • Total features19
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  • Automatic Backup
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Configuration Management
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Dictionary Management
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Migration
  • Data Replication
  • Data Retrieval
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Virtualization
  • Database Conversion
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Full Text Search
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multiple Programming Languages Supported
  • Multitenancy
  • NOSQL Database Management
  • OLAP
  • Performance Analysis
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Relational Database Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • User Management
  • Total features22
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Automatic Backup
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Configuration Management
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Dictionary Management
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Migration
  • Data Replication
  • Data Retrieval
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Virtualization
  • Database Conversion
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Full Text Search
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multiple Programming Languages Supported
  • Multitenancy
  • NOSQL Database Management
  • OLAP
  • Performance Analysis
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Relational Database Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • User Management

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  • Shopify
  • Slack
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  • Total integrations196
  • Bitbucket
  • Datadog
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • GitLab
  • Google Drive
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Jenkins
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Teams
  • NetSuite
  • PagerDuty
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Rahul C.

Internet, self-employed

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Amazon RDS

Managing databases is hard, RDS makes it easy

Reviewed 5 years ago

I'm using RDS for my SaaS application. RDS saves me the hassle and time from managing my database on my own.

Pros

One click new database deployments and fully managed service with regular backups. Pricing is affordable too. Lots of databases to choose from, PostgreSQL, MySQL, and more.

Cons

Too many options while setting up a database which can easily get confusing for entry to mid-level developers.

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Computer Software, 11-50 employees

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Amazon RDS

Cost efficient and great for automating provisioning

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Amazon Relational database is cost efficient and great for automating provisioning databases services. Its a great service for your money. It supports most database like SQL, PostgreSQL and others.

Cons

I really love the totality of this service

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Trang N.

Computer Software, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Amazon RDS

Manage database services solution for AWS Cloud

Reviewed 5 years ago

We use RDS with PostgreSQL and MySQL as our backend database for our Application hosted in AWS, they are located in a private VPC and only allow access from our backend subnet.

Pros

RDS allows us easy to create and manage a relational database for our Application hosted in AWS. It supports many different instance type, engine and scale option to select. RDS works well with VPC to keep our database private and only allow to access from specify sources. It has a lot of monitor metrics such as CPU utilization, free storage, freeable memory and read/write latency and well notification system to keep track of our database. Excellent backup, snapshot and restore support by AWS

Cons

Manage RDS's parameter is quite complex since it does not have good UI support. It lacks support tool to run SQL command directly from AWS console

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Information Technology and Services, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Amazon RDS

RDS for Distributed Services

Reviewed 5 years ago

I use RDS every day across a number of products. It's always been my go-to for a managed database service.

Pros

RDS is highly available, easy to scale and extremely customisable. Whether I want to set up a small MySQL database or a PostgreSQL instance to be run at scale, RDS is my first port of call.

Cons

RDS can start to get pricey as the instance sizes increase. For most consumers with relatively optimised database queries, this would not be an issue - but for those that have not aligned their applications for efficiency, this could be problematic.

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Adebayo A.

Health, Wellness and Fitness, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Amazon RDS

A feature-packed database management system

Reviewed 2 years ago

We had a good experience using the product both for SQL server and PostgreSql. Once we passed initial hurdle of setting it up, we were able to take advantage of all the product had to offer.

Pros

Amazon RDS provides all features of a modern RDMS and it takes it further by securing your RDS instance using IAM which improves access and security.The backup feature ensures that replicas of data are maintained in cases of data loss.

Cons

One drawback is that it can be quite tricky to fully set up. The docs are easy to follow but you have to dig deeper to set up some feature that one is used to. A good example is setting up your RDS instance to allow connections from public IP addresses.

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Pasquale G.

Education Management, 501-1,000 employees

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Amazon RDS

The easiest database server

Reviewed 3 years ago

RDS is without doubts a complex, hard to master system, but the basics are easy enough to kick off a project in very short time. In the long run you get a best in class reliability and performances without comparison.

Pros

Setting up a PostgreSQL server can be a daunting task and keeping it secure and protected is even more challenging. A managed database solution solves all this problems and many more. RDS in particular is quite easy to set up (at least in the basics) and it is very fast and reliable.

Cons

On the other hand there are a lot (I mean, a LOT) of options and settings, so the service is by no mean intended for causal users. A serious preliminary study of platform's usage is strongly advised.

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Hung V.

Computer Software, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Amazon RDS

A simple setting up relational database in the cloud

Reviewed 5 years ago

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.

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Arvind S.

Computer Software, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Amazon RDS

Scalability is unparalleled.

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Best thing I like about RDS is you can use any database if you don't want to use ​Amazon's proprietary Aurora. Other options include MySQL​, Oracle, PostgreSQL​ etc. Scalability is unparalleled, you can add multiple servers for different locations for faster access. The backup​ server is in a ​different location in case something goes wrong with one location.

Cons

Of course, the cost is really high. Even the micro instance will cost you a ​few hundred dollars if you let it run a ​few days.

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Filip T.

Computer Software, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Amazon RDS

Go-to solution for database hosting on AWS

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

We're using Amazon RDS PostgreSQL. Our database use case is pretty trivial, so we're entirely satisfied with RDS experience. Database is fast and efficient, very easy to scale by changing instance types, adding more disk I/O, or spinning up read replicas. Backups do not have significant performance penalty. With some careful planning it is very easy to migrate between different software versions. Reserved instances make it a very compelling offering.

Cons

It gets expensive, but if you consider the fact that you don't need to deal with many daily operational issue, it's well worth the price. You can only add storage capacity (no storage downsizing possible without a complex migration process).

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Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS - All Your Databases at same place

Reviewed 2 years ago

Great!

Pros

Amazon RDS provides the capability to host whichever database server customer wants, providing options like MS SQL , PostgreSQL, and have its own in house Aurora DB.With the Host and user/password simplified model like any other database it allows users who are not familiar with cloud to use it similarly.I have used Amazon RDS with all kind of databases and the way it optimizes costs and provides integration to logs is amazing.

Cons

Log and monitoring on the console could be improved and enhanced heavily

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Retail, 10,001+ employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Amazon RDS - Keeping it simple & easy

Reviewed 5 years ago

Overall very satisfied. It worked for our use case.

Pros

Easy to setup and running. All cloudwatch metrics made available like other AWS services. Ability to take snapshots, scale up horizontally and vertically across environments and depending upon load. We were able to automate our build and deployments using terraform scripts. Automated Backups are stored in S3 so you can retrieve backups when needed. Pay as you go like traditional EC2 metered cost model. You can predict your montly/yearly estimates before hand. It just works! Supports a wide range of DB's - PostgreSQL, MySQL, MSSQL, etc.

Cons

Security setup may take time as its controlled by security groups. So it takes time to troubleshoot if you are not able to connect from local or any other remote instance. Pricing may start to increase when you upgrade your instance types and add replication nodes etc.

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Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Amazon RDS

Easiest database management there is

Reviewed 6 years ago

Peace of mind if it's about database administration, backup and availability.

Pros

It's fully managed database service with multiple database types available (Amazon Aurora, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server) - you can chose whatever you like or used to run. It's really easy to migrate from existing database of the same type. RDS is highly available and durable service if you chose to run in multi AZ (multiple availability zone/datacenter) scenario (master/slave replication). Amazon will do all the administration task like upgrades or failover for you. Max database storage size is 16 TB (in most cases) and you pay only for what you use.

Cons

It'a a little pricey and not all advance database configuration/administratio options are available if you compare it to on premise deployment.

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Esra K.

Information Technology and Services, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Amazon RDS

Best managed relational database service in the market!

Reviewed 5 years ago

Choosing RDS was the best strategic decision we made. We saved a lot of time to focus on our company's growth instead of dealing with operations.

Pros

We have been using AWS RDS with MySQL since 2015. It is the best option we encountered in the market to set up, operate and scale a relational database in the cloud. Management Console is really easy to use. You can create, restore and scale any size of database in a matter of minutes. You should however be familiar with the technical term AWS uses. Be careful when you choose between General Purpose and Provisioned IOPS types. Multi-AZ feature is a life saver if you have a database that cannot tolerate any downtime. Point in time recovery saved us a lot. Also RDS takes automatic backups regularly. You should also try Amazon Aurora which is an engine compatible with MySQL and PostgreSQL. AWS built Aurora for itself and the underlying technology is mind blowing.

Cons

You should be careful with the price of Amazon RDS and keep an eye on CloudWatch and Trusted Advisor. It gets expensive depending on usage but still it is worth not to struggle with operational problems.

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Monish K.

Computer Software, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Amazon RDS

Cost Effective and Fully Cloud Managed Relational Database Service

Reviewed 4 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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Shaune G.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PostgreSQL

Postgres for a small database

Reviewed 2 years ago

Great product; easy to use with AWS RDS; lots of functionality

Pros

I was new to database management. Postgres is widely used and there are vast resources that help bring me up to date or help me solve problems.

Cons

All database software is hard to use. I also had a problem with PGAdmin after an update and had to switch to a different DBMS.

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Gedson S.

Telecommunications, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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PostgreSQL

A solid and reliable relational database

Reviewed 5 years ago

We've used PostgreSQL as a RDS in several projects, with great results. Its very reliable and robust, which are the best facets you look for in a database.

Pros

PostgreSQL has great support for many data types, including JSON. This makes it a very flexible RDB, because you can integrate schema-free documents in your tables, query on the and select their properties. PG 11 also brought a high performance parallel query engine, which greatly boost it's performance.

Cons

Security and encryptions features have room for improvement, but you can count on some 3rd party plug-ins to fill the gap.

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Paul T.

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PostgreSQL

Simply the Best RDS

Reviewed 8 years ago

if you need a RDS look no further as postgres is simply the best relational database around. its a no brainer. its free and has the best features you could ask for including jsonb and upsert.

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Ajmal S.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PostgreSQL

Relational Database Solution

Reviewed 5 years ago

PostgreSQL handles huge amounts of relational data and best for organizations and enterprise uses.

Pros

I found it the best among the available open-source solutions for relational databases on the amazon web services. It meets the demands of my clients and also affords technical support at a high level.

Cons

Since this is a relational database so you might found it slow as compared to non-relational databases in the market.

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Mark M.

Market Research, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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PostgreSQL

Solid database that won't break the bank and won't let you down

Reviewed 4 years ago

We have never lost data, never paid too much and never looked back. PostgreSQL is at the hear of our organization and our trust has paid off in the long run. Running it on top of a managed stack such as AWS RDS is they way to go as this is the hardest part of using PostgreSQL and you don't want to waste time re-learning what has already been learned. It's worth the cost to use these services in the long run. Rapid prototyping can be done locally and is free so your price to start is always zero!

Pros

PostgreSQL is and always has been one of the most feature rich and solid databases available. Its price / performance / feature set is simply unmatched in the industry today.

Cons

There is a lot of old information on the internet that is no longer relevant to current versions and you must sift through this in some cases to find the modern and elegant solutions. It was touted as "slow" compared to MySQL in the early 2000's and much of that information is wrong due to lack of user experience with the product or no longer the case today.