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Pros
"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.""It makes it easy to administer the database. It helps to scale your database by providing Read Replicas, which reduce transaction time. It is highly available and durable which helps in disaster recovery and management.""The most valuable feature is that it is a fully managed database, where they handle most of the administrative tasks and leaves the users more time to concentrate on business."

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"What is really helpful about the Azure SQL is that when we have a problem with our sound queries, we can trade information about what indexes we should create on tables. It's really helpful for me and also for developers.""The initial setup was straightforward. Deployment takes about one hour.""The initial setup is very easy. It's extremely straightforward.""The stability is good and the performance is fantastic. Even when we try to do an inquiry into issues we can do it easily.""In terms of stability, because Microsoft is the underlying technology, they are much more stable than say Oracle. Since 2014 they did a great job in offering stability, performance and high visibility on the solution, especially in comparison to the other competitors.""This solution offers high availability, and business continuity is in place.""The initial setup was straightforward. It took less than one day for deployment.""The stability is good."

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"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.""The Amazon RDS engine could provide features for additional databases, such as Db2. It could also provide support for other databases, such as NoSQL databases, DynamoDB, and Apache Cassandra. They could all stay under one hood.""It would be helpful if they made it easier to migrate from an existing on-premises solution to the cloud-based service."

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"I need something which is in one place so I can automate the Azure data factory, but it's a different tool. It's not easy and in one place, so I can't switch to the other tool and do something there, automate everything there in the on-prem infrastructure, and then have everything in the agent. I can just pick one packet and use it. However, I want to be able to click it and run it.""The solution needs to improve its customer network, including its online support.""I need Microsoft to allow their network to access open source technologies.""The initial setup is complex.""It's not a feature, but the solution only offers a certain amount of memory and that's limiting. The scalability should be extended to more than two terabytes.""This solution would be improved with the inclusion of better self-service tools.""The solution could be less expensive. They need to work on their pricing model.""The initial setup was very complex."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"By using a combination of Reserve Instances and On-Demand pricing, you can reduce the cost.""The cost of using this solution is similar to that of having your own data center."

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"We have a three-year contract. The cost was somewhere around $70-80,000 for the original deployment, which was about two years ago""I'm not sure what the exact price is, but it's a moderate amount. It's not too expensive.""The licensing for this solution is based on subscription.""We pay less than $1000 monthly in licensing fees. There are no additional costs.""It is expensive for us. We are looking for something less expensive and thinking of migrating the whole system.""It is reasonable.""It is quite expensive. I would definitely recommend not using the pay-as-you-go model because this will just mean all your money will go to Microsoft. So, really make sure to control resource usage as much as possible."

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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.

Microsoft Azure SQL Database is a relational database-as-a-service that delivers predictable performance, scalability, business continuity, data protection, and near-zero administration to cloud developers and solution architects. This is the deep technical library for Azure SQL Database.
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Edmodoadnymics GmbH, LG CNS, Centrebet, netfabb GmbH, MedPlast, Accelera Solutions, Sochi Organizing Committee, realzeit GmbH
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider28%
Media Company12%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm18%
Pharma/Biotech Company12%
Computer Software Company12%
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Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider21%
Media Company9%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise43%
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Small Business49%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon RDS vs. SQL Azure and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
456,495 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Amazon RDS is ranked 3rd in Database as a Service with 3 reviews while SQL Azure is ranked 1st in Database as a Service with 25 reviews. Amazon RDS is rated 7.6, while SQL Azure is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Amazon RDS writes "Helps to scale your database by providing Read Replicas, reducing transaction time". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Azure writes "When we have a problem with a query we can trade information about what indexes we should create on tables". Amazon RDS is most compared with Google Cloud SQL, Oracle Database as a Service, MongoDB Atlas, Google Cloud Spanner and EDB Managed DBaaS Service, whereas SQL Azure is most compared with Google Cloud SQL, Oracle Database as a Service, MongoDB Atlas, Google Cloud Spanner and ClearDB. See our Amazon RDS vs. SQL Azure report.

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