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Amazon RDS vs Amazon Redshift: What are the differences?

Amazon RDS: Set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. 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; Amazon Redshift: Fast, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service. Redshift makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing business intelligence tools. It is optimized for datasets ranging from a few hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more and costs less than $1,000 per terabyte per year, a tenth the cost of most traditional data warehousing solutions.

Amazon RDS can be classified as a tool in the "SQL Database as a Service" category, while Amazon Redshift is grouped under "Big Data as a Service".

Some of the features offered by Amazon RDS are:

  • Pre-configured Parameters
  • Monitoring and Metrics
  • Automatic Software Patching

On the other hand, Amazon Redshift provides the following key features:

  • Optimized for Data Warehousing- It uses columnar storage, data compression, and zone maps to reduce the amount of IO needed to perform queries. Redshift has a massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture, parallelizing and distributing SQL operations to take advantage of all available resources.
  • Scalable- With a few clicks of the AWS Management Console or a simple API call, you can easily scale the number of nodes in your data warehouse up or down as your performance or capacity needs change.
  • No Up-Front Costs- You pay only for the resources you provision. You can choose On-Demand pricing with no up-front costs or long-term commitments, or obtain significantly discounted rates with Reserved Instance pricing.

"Reliable failovers" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon RDS over the competitors, whereas "Data Warehousing" was stated as the key factor in picking Amazon Redshift.

Airbnb, Netflix, and Coursera are some of the popular companies that use Amazon RDS, whereas Amazon Redshift is used by Lyft, Coursera, and 9GAG. Amazon RDS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1437 company stacks & 526 developers stacks; compared to Amazon Redshift, which is listed in 270 company stacks and 68 developer stacks.

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What is 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.

What is Amazon Redshift?

Redshift makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing business intelligence tools. It is optimized for datasets ranging from a few hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more and costs less than $1,000 per terabyte per year, a tenth the cost of most traditional data warehousing solutions.
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      What are some alternatives to Amazon RDS and Amazon Redshift?
      Apache Aurora
      Apache Aurora is a service scheduler that runs on top of Mesos, enabling you to run long-running services that take advantage of Mesos' scalability, fault-tolerance, and resource isolation.
      MySQL
      The MySQL software delivers a very fast, multi-threaded, multi-user, and robust SQL (Structured Query Language) database server. MySQL Server is intended for mission-critical, heavy-load production systems as well as for embedding into mass-deployed software.
      Oracle
      Oracle Database is an RDBMS. An RDBMS that implements object-oriented features such as user-defined types, inheritance, and polymorphism is called an object-relational database management system (ORDBMS). Oracle Database has extended the relational model to an object-relational model, making it possible to store complex business models in a relational database.
      Heroku Postgres
      Heroku Postgres provides a SQL database-as-a-service that lets you focus on building your application instead of messing around with database management.
      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.
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      Pathwright uses Amazon RDSAmazon RDS

      While we initially started off running our own Postgres cluster, we evaluated RDS and found it to be an excellent fit for us.

      The failovers, manual scaling, replication, Postgres upgrades, and pretty much everything else has been super smooth and reliable.

      We'll probably need something a little more complex in the future, but RDS performs admirably for now.

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      AngeloR uses Amazon RDSAmazon RDS

      We are using RDS for managing PostgreSQL and legacy MSSQL databases.

      Unfortunately while RDS works great for managing the PostgreSQL systems, MSSQL is very much a second class citizen and they don't offer very much capability. Infact, in order to upgrade instance storage for MSSQL we actually have to spin up a new cluster and migrate the data over.

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      Olo uses Amazon RedshiftAmazon Redshift

      Aggressive archiving of historical data to keep the production database as small as possible. Using our in-house soon-to-be-open-sourced ETL library, SharpShifter.

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      Wirkn Inc. uses Amazon RDSAmazon RDS

      Our PostgreSQL servers, where we keep the bulk of Wirkn data, are hosted on the fantastically easy and reliable AWS RDS platform.

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      Digital2Go uses Amazon RDSAmazon RDS

      We use Aurora for our OLTP database, it provides significant speed increases on top of MySQL without the need to manage it

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      fadingdust uses Amazon RDSAmazon RDS

      RDS allows us to replicate the development databases locally as well as making it available to CircleCI.

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      Christian Moeller uses Amazon RedshiftAmazon Redshift

      Connected to BI (Pentaho)

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      Kovid Rathee uses Amazon RedshiftAmazon Redshift

      OLAP and BI

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