Amazon RDS Overview

Amazon RDS is the #3 ranked solution in our list of top Database as a Service vendors. It is most often compared to Google Cloud SQL: Amazon RDS vs Google Cloud SQL

What is Amazon RDS?

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.

Amazon RDS is also known as RDS.

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Cloud Architect, Oracle ACE, Oracle DBA at Pythian
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Provides deployment and on-demand database-as-a-service.

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 be handled by a DBA, even if the database resides on the cloud, like RDS.
DBA at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Infrastructural issues are handled automatically. Some database components are not available, including RAC.
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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DBA at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
A valuable feature is the easy creation of new databases. Migration to RDS using the default tools is complicated.

What is most valuable?

Easy creation of new databases Maintenance is fully automatic (backups, monitoring, and patches)

How has it helped my organization?

We are using it as shared QA environment.

What needs improvement?

Migration to RDS using the default tools is very complicated.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this product for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had stability problems. It is much more stable than a standard datacenter.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This had the same scalability issues as Oracle databases on premise.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have never needed technical support.

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

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