What is Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL?
Who uses Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL?
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Integrations
Why developers like Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL?
Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL in their tech stack.
I could spin up an Amazon EC2 instance and install PostgreSQL myself, review latest configuration best practices, sort Amazon EBS storage for data, set up a snapshot process etc.
Alternatively I could use Amazon RDS, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL or Heroku Postgres and have most of that work handled for me, by a team of world experts...
We initially started out with Heroku as our PaaS provider due to a desire to use it by our original developer for our Ruby on Rails application/website at the time. We were finding response times slow, it was painfully slow, sometimes taking 10 seconds to start loading the main page. Moving up to the next "compute" level was going to be very expensive.
We moved our site over to AWS Elastic Beanstalk , not only did response times on the site practically become instant, our cloud bill for the application was cut in half.
In database world we are currently using Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL also, we have both MariaDB and Microsoft SQL Server both hosted on Amazon RDS. The plan is to migrate to AWS Aurora Serverless for all 3 of those database systems.
Additional services we use for our public applications: AWS Lambda, Python, Redis, Memcached, AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), Amazon Elasticsearch Service, Amazon ElastiCache
We use AWS mostly because Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL is a very good and cheap solution to get a managed PostgreSQL.
We also use Amazon EC2 for the servers, with the Arch Linux images from Uplink Labs. We chose Arch Linux because of its up-to-date packages, especially for Python. We use Pacman to package and deploy our services.
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL or Amazon DynamoDB? If you need to follow RDBS concepts choose Amazon RDS (PostgreSQL). This choice will guarantee a stable relational database with a great support for years from PostgreSQL Global Development Group. But, you need a great scalable NoSQL database. You can use Amazon DynamoDB. The most important thing about this is that you can use RESTful HTTP API to access data.
We use Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL because RDS and Amazon DynamoDB are two distinct database systems. DynamoDB is NoSQL DB whereas RDS is a relational database on the cloud. The pricing will mainly differ in the type of application you are using and your requirements. For some applications, both DynamoDB and RDS, can serve well, for some it might not. I do not think DynamoDB is cheaper. Right now we are helping Companies in Silicon Valley and in Southern California go SERVERLESS - drastically lowering costs if you are interested in hearing how we go about it.
Using PostGIS to serve GeoJSON data for the Leaflet front-end. Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL's Features
- Monitoring and Metrics –Amazon RDS provides Amazon CloudWatch metrics for you DB Instance deployments at no additional charge.
- DB Event Notifications –Amazon RDS provides Amazon SNS notifications via email or SMS for your DB Instance deployments.
- Automatic Software Patching – Amazon RDS will make sure that the PostgreSQL software powering your deployment stays up-to-date with the latest patches.
- Automated Backups – Turned on by default, the automated backup feature of Amazon RDS enables point-in-time recovery for your DB Instance.
- DB Snapshots – DB Snapshots are user-initiated backups of your DB Instance.
- Pre-configured Parameters – Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL deployments are pre-configured with a sensible set of parameters and settings appropriate for the DB Instance class you have selected.
- Language Extensions :PL/Perl, PL/pgSQL, PL/Tcl
- Full Text Search Dictionaries
- Advanced Data Types : HStore, JSON
- Core PostgreSQL engine features