Amazon RDS for Aurora vs PostGIS

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Amazon RDS for Aurora vs PostGIS: What are the differences?

Developers describe Amazon RDS for Aurora as "MySQL and PostgreSQL compatible relational database with several times better performance". Amazon Aurora is a MySQL-compatible, relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Amazon Aurora provides up to five times better performance than MySQL at a price point one tenth that of a commercial database while delivering similar performance and availability. On the other hand, PostGIS is detailed as "Open source spatial database". PostGIS is a spatial database extender for PostgreSQL object-relational database. It adds support for geographic objects allowing location queries to be run in SQL.

Amazon RDS for Aurora belongs to "SQL Database as a Service" category of the tech stack, while PostGIS can be primarily classified under "Database Tools".

Some of the features offered by Amazon RDS for Aurora are:

  • High Throughput with Low Jitter
  • Push-button Compute Scaling
  • Storage Auto-scaling

On the other hand, PostGIS provides the following key features:

  • Processing and analytic functions for both vector and raster data for splicing, dicing, morphing, reclassifying, and collecting/unioning with the power of SQL
  • raster map algebra for fine-grained raster processing
  • Spatial reprojection SQL callable functions for both vector and raster data

"MySQL compatibility " is the top reason why over 11 developers like Amazon RDS for Aurora, while over 22 developers mention "De facto GIS in SQL" as the leading cause for choosing PostGIS.

PostGIS is an open source tool with 636 GitHub stars and 242 GitHub forks. Here's a link to PostGIS's open source repository on GitHub.

StackShare, GoGuardian, and Akoova are some of the popular companies that use Amazon RDS for Aurora, whereas PostGIS is used by Key Location, HotelTonight, and DNT. Amazon RDS for Aurora has a broader approval, being mentioned in 116 company stacks & 30 developers stacks; compared to PostGIS, which is listed in 53 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon RDS for Aurora?

Amazon Aurora is a MySQL-compatible, relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Amazon Aurora provides up to five times better performance than MySQL at a price point one tenth that of a commercial database while delivering similar performance and availability.

What is PostGIS?

PostGIS is a spatial database extender for PostgreSQL object-relational database. It adds support for geographic objects allowing location queries to be run in SQL.

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    Amazon RDS
    Amazon RDS gives you access to the capabilities of a familiar MySQL, Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server database engine. This means that the code, applications, and tools you already use today with your existing databases can be used with Amazon RDS. Amazon RDS automatically patches the database software and backs up your database, storing the backups for a user-defined retention period and enabling point-in-time recovery. You benefit from the flexibility of being able to scale the compute resources or storage capacity associated with your Database Instance (DB Instance) via a single API call.
    Google Cloud SQL
    MySQL databases deployed in the cloud without a fuss. Google Cloud Platform provides you with powerful databases that run fast, don’t run out of space and give your application the redundant, reliable storage it needs.
    ClearDB
    ClearDB uses a combination of advanced replication techniques, advanced cluster technology, and layered web services to provide you with a MySQL database that is "smarter" than usual.
    Azure Database for MySQL
    Azure Database for MySQL provides a managed database service for app development and deployment that allows you to stand up a MySQL database in minutes and scale on the fly – on the cloud you trust most.
    DigitalOcean Managed Databases
    Build apps and store data in minutes with easy access to one or more databases and sleep better knowing your data is backed up and optimized.
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    Kalibrr uses PostGISPostGIS

    PostGIS makes it easy (and fast) to do geographic queries, such as nearest-neighbor and bounding box queries.

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    Secumail uses Amazon RDS for AuroraAmazon RDS for Aurora

    Managed MySQL clustered database so I dont have to deal with the required infrastructure

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    Backend for weather forecast data that Geoserver queries to build updated weather maps

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    RedLine13 uses Amazon RDS for AuroraAmazon RDS for Aurora

    Core database for managing users, teams, tests, and result summaries

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    Yaakov Gesher uses Amazon RDS for AuroraAmazon RDS for Aurora

    We moved our database from compose.io to AWS for speed and price.

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    Bùi Thanh uses Amazon RDS for AuroraAmazon RDS for Aurora
    • Performance, HA and Scalable.
    • AutoScale replicas.
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    Mathias Vonende uses PostGISPostGIS

    Storage for geo data.

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    DNT uses PostGISPostGIS

    Geospatial queries

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