About Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS is a relational database service software designed to help users set up, operate and scale databases such as Amazon Aurora, MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and PostgreSQL in the cloud. With Amazon RDS, users can manage routine database tasks like patching, provisioning, backups, failure detection, recovery, and repair.

Amazon RDS enables users to launch database instances and connect applications quickly and easily. The platform supports automatic software patching, and offers best practice guidance through configuration analysis and usage metrics. Amazon RDS provides recommendations for areas like database engine versions, storage, networking, instance types, and storage. Users can search and perform recommended actions instantly, or schedule them for later.

Amazon RDS facilitates general purpose (SSD) and provisioned IOPS (SSD) storage, as well as push-button compute scaling, storage scaling, and read replicas. Other Amazon RDS features include automated backups, database snapshots, multi-AZ deployments, and automatic host replacement. The platform ensures database security with at rest and in transit encryption, network isolation, and resource-level permissions. Amazon RDS also supports event notifications, monitoring and metrics, and configuration governance.

Pricing starting from:

USD 0.01/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Devices

Business size

S M L

Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

USD 0.01/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Features

Total features of Amazon RDS: 22

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Action Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Automatic Backup
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Data Dictionary Management
  • Data Migration
  • Data Recovery
  • Data Replication
  • Data Storage Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multiple Programming Languages Supported
  • Multitenancy
  • Performance Analysis
  • Queries
  • Relational
  • Storage Optimization
  • Usage Tracking/Analytics
  • User Management
  • Virtualization

Alternatives

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5
(163)
Value for Money
4.3/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.5/5
Customer Support
4.4/5

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Monish K.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Cost Effective and Fully Cloud Managed Relational Database Service

Reviewed on 20/04/2020

Had A Really Great Experience with RDS, I have been evaluating Aurora with Native RDS so i will be...

Had A Really Great Experience with RDS, I have been evaluating Aurora with Native RDS so i will be talking more about Aurora in this Review

Pros

RDS provides support for verity of database systems like mysql, postgreSql, Maria DB, Oracle, Microsoft Sql and a hybrid Aurora (supports both mysql & psql)

Resizing, network management processes like subnet and security group are easily manageable.

Using Aurora it has become easy to transfer data from DB to S3 using "INTO OUTFILE S3" query

Aurora is really faster when it comes to executing heavy flock of query simultaneously when compared with its native RDS, it increases the over all through put

Aurora Server less is a extremely cost effective solution when used with proper configurations, it scales up and scales down as per its usage (pay per sec)

Supports Auto Backing up and scheduled snapshotting which stores the DB snapshot in S3, which helps in recovery at times of data deleted by mistake or data corruption by some failure in the application etc

Aurora provides Export Snapshot to S3 feature, its a additional feature towards data movement from RDS to S3, from this we can easily migrate data from RDS to Redshift or Athena via S3

Cons

Can't change subnet of a multi AZ RDS Database directly, to achieve this i had to first change my DB to single AZ

Aurora Server less dose not scale up when used with low CPU utilising application, user should have given the flexibility to change the autoscaling parameter for Aurora server less (CPU utilisation 70%)

Aurora the use of "INTO OUTFILE S3" query requires some additional setup steps at the s3 bucket end and IAM role which is well documented, but quite confusing,

Aurora dose not support newer mysql or psql versions which are supported by its native RDS's

Aurora when compared with its native RDS its slower for executing single queries,
officers Aurora is really faster when it comes to executing heavy flock of query simultaneously, but at the least we expect Aurora to perform as the same level as its native RDS when it comes to single queries

Aurora's Export Snapshot to S3 feature only supports Parquet file format, and on trigging Export it takes more time to start, it wold be better if the process starts instantaneously

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Civic & Social Organization
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Amazing relational database which is easy to setup and use provided you have the technical...

Reviewed on 29/07/2019

AWS RDS can be linked with Victorops/splunk/slack and what not to constantly monitor the state of...

AWS RDS can be linked with Victorops/splunk/slack and what not to constantly monitor the state of the database and set up alerts for catching problems. It can automatically save regular copies of the database.

Pros

ease of setup
ease of taking snapshots
no configurational drainers
very easy to set up alerts for monitoring problems in the database
debugging is a breeze.

Cons

It is easy to get lost without an UI.
also replicating databases can get stuck sometimes if you don't know what you are doing.
replication can be pain depending upon whether you want (master-master) or (master-slaves)

Alternatives Considered

Google Cloud Platform

Switched From

Google Cloud Platform

Reasons for Switching to Amazon RDS

GCP was sort of handing off sensitive data over to Google and flying blind. AWS RDS debugging is much more useful when a problem arises. aws was a no contest choice despite it's expenditure.
Aleksandr S.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Will cost you all yourmoney.

Reviewed on 07/04/2021

Easy to setup. Very expensive. Play great with other AWS services.
The main issue is that metrics...

Easy to setup. Very expensive. Play great with other AWS services.
The main issue is that metrics collected manually will never meet AWS metrics which are used to bill your stack. And of course AWS point of view will be much costly. Their Enterprise Support can not understand why metrics extracted from DB itself do not meet billing metrics and will endlessly redirect you to yet another expert.

Pros

Requires minimum knowledge or time to set up the database.
Everything you need is basically there.
Documentation is fantastic.
It just works and takes all the burden of infrastructure management from you.
A handful of engines, version, and extensions to them are supprted.
Integrated seamless to AWS infrastructure.

Cons

Price. It will literally eat 7/8 of your infrastructure budget.
Metrics lies. Performance insight simply does not work. Note, this is an opinion of somebody who paid for AWS Enterprise support (sigh, that's me)
Backups are not backups per se, this is filesystem rsync. So it is easy to end up with broken DB.
Support is very poor.

Alternatives Considered

Google Cloud Platform

Reasons for Choosing Amazon RDS

RDS looked very promising. It still is except that you have no control over the bill.

Switched From

Google Cloud Platform

Reasons for Switching to Amazon RDS

We already had few services deployed to AWS. This is the sole reason.
Nitin G.
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  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

Overall rating

  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Amazon RDS

Reviewed on 12/06/2021

We have created MySQL instance in RDS and have been using it for 2 years via My SQL, and it had...

We have created MySQL instance in RDS and have been using it for 2 years via My SQL, and it had been a smooth and amazing experience in terms of data backup and the service provided by RDS.

Pros

Amazon RDS allows creating DB instances in a very few clicks with full customization like engine type, size of class required, connectivity, availability, and durability.
Also, all monitoring, eventing, and logs are very handy and displayed on the pictorial representation dashboard.

Cons

Honestly, Amazon RDS fulfills all the use cases for me and I haven't spotted any disadvantage in it.

Muhammad arsalan N.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

AWS RDS Review

Reviewed on 10/06/2019

My company need a simple and fast scalable solution for managing MySQL databases therefore we chose...

My company need a simple and fast scalable solution for managing MySQL databases therefore we chose RDS. Prior to RDS we were managing DB clusters installed on VMs on Hyper Visors, and it was a cumbersome job. Though switching to RDS does make our life easy but RDS is not a cheap solution though.

Pros

Easily Scalable as per need.
AWS manage you infrastructure completely.
Fast Disaster recovery if planned the architecture correctly.
Multi AZ deployment and Read replica supported.
Supported various DB services like MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server and Postgres.
Backup procedure is very easy.

Cons

Cost on higher side.
Lack of control on your DB instance, though it's good but at times you need some tweaking todo.

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Amazon RDS FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Amazon RDS.

Amazon RDS offers the following pricing plans:

Amazon RDS has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

Amazon RDS supports the following languages:

English

Amazon RDS supports the following devices:

Amazon RDS integrates with the following applications:

Amazon Aurora, Amazon EC2

Amazon RDS offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Chat

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