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Fahd Mirza Chughtai
Cloud Architect, Oracle ACE, Oracle DBA at Pythian
May 11 2017

What is most valuable?

RDS provides deployment agility and an on-demand database-as-a-service for MySQL, Oracle, and SQL servers. With RDS… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For many of the Pythian customers, one salient benefit, among other benefits, is the option of spinning up a new instance… more»

What needs improvement?

RDS doesn't have shell access. This could be beneficial, especially for Oracle databases. One benefit of having shell… more»

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

Read the fine print carefully and always engage experts to carry out migration.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

For many clients of Pythian, it’s an amalgamation of on-premises and cloud. Pythian enables its customers to reap the… more»

What other advice do I have?

Having your database on RDS doesn't mean that you don't need a DBA anymore. Mission critical and important databases must… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
DBA at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 08 2017

What do you think of Amazon RDS?

Pros: Very easy to start with. No need to mess around with OS requirements. All infrastructural issues are handled automatically; backups, patching. Cons: Some features are disabled, like running "alter system/database". There are Amazon alternatives, but it is not transparent to the application. When migrating an existing application, it should be adopted. Also, using these Amazon alternatives produces "cloud-lock", since they exist only in AWS. Some database components are not available. Most remarkable is the absence of RAC.


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Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a web service that makes it easier to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient, resizeable capacity for an industry-standard relational database and manages common database administration tasks.

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