Compare Amazon RDS vs. SQL Azure

Amazon RDS is ranked 4th in Database as a Service with 2 reviews while SQL Azure is ranked 1st in Database as a Service with 10 reviews. Amazon RDS is rated 7.6, while SQL Azure is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Amazon RDS writes "No maintenance, administration including monitoring and backup included, but the technical support needs improvement". 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 SQL Azure, Google Cloud SQL and Oracle Database as a Service, whereas SQL Azure is most compared with Amazon RDS, Google Cloud SQL and Oracle Database as a Service. See our Amazon RDS vs. SQL Azure report.
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Pros
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.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.

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This solution provides more comfort to the end-user compared to a normal SQL server.They have good documentation. It's concentrated information.The stability is good.The initial setup was straightforward. It took less than one day for deployment.This solution offers high availability, and business continuity is in place.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.The stability is good and the performance is fantastic. Even when we try to do an inquiry into issues we can do it easily.The initial setup is very easy. It's extremely straightforward.

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Cons
It would be helpful if they made it easier to migrate from an existing on-premises solution to the cloud-based service.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.

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The management is entirely controlled by Microsoft, so there are some restrictions.Their support is nice but their responses aren't effective.The initial setup was very complex.The solution could be less expensive. They need to work on their pricing model.This solution would be improved with the inclusion of better self-service tools.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.The initial setup is complex.I need Microsoft to allow their network to access open source technologies.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The cost of using this solution is similar to that of having your own data center.

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We pay less than $1000 monthly in licensing fees. There are no additional costs.The licensing for this solution is based on subscription.I'm not sure what the exact price is, but it's a moderate amount. It's not too expensive.We have a three-year contract. The cost was somewhere around $70-80,000 for the original deployment, which was about two years ago

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4th
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2,716
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2,421
Reviews
2
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7.5
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2,883
Comparisons
2,376
Reviews
10
Average Words per Review
416
Avg. Rating
8.5
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Overview

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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Sample Customers
Edmodoadnymics GmbH, LG CNS, Centrebet, netfabb GmbH, MedPlast, Accelera Solutions, Sochi Organizing Committee, realzeit GmbH
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REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider43%
Pharma/Biotech Company14%
Media Company14%
Healthcare Company14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company32%
Comms Service Provider15%
Media Company15%
Individual & Family Service7%
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