Amazon RDS Review

Good overall features, a good community version, and an easy initial setup


What is our primary use case?

We primarily have many tools, including Jira, that are currently using RDS. It's mainly used by developers.

How has it helped my organization?

The provisioning is much faster. You don't have to prepare hardware or install software. You just need to create an instance and you have a database.

What is most valuable?

The RDS is a community version, so there are many common features that are basic. It's not an enterprise version, but all the features are very good overall.

What needs improvement?

A lot of the features are disabled by default. The solution should enable more features. I understand this could cause challenges to management for many clients using RDS, however.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for less than a year, but some people on my team have been using it longer.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability os really good. I like it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't expanded on the solution, so I'm unsure about if it would scale well or not. We have a bunch of teams using the solution in the company, but they're small.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't contacted technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are currently using a lot of other solutions as well. We have Oracle, we have PP2, and MySQL. We have a secret server as well.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. Deployment took about ten minutes.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the deployment ourselves.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We use the community version of the solution. I believe we only pay for the storage, but I'm not sure how it works exactly.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't evaluate other solutions before choosing RDS. Since we're using everything else that is Amazon, it seemed like an obvious choice.

What other advice do I have?

We're currently expanding multiple versions of the solution. We use the cloud deployment model and most clients are also in the AWS environment.

I'd advise others to pay attention to the sizing, You don't want to over or under-size.

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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