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Amazon RDS vs ClearDB: What are the differences?

What is 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.

What is ClearDB? Fault tolerant database-as-a-service in the cloud for your MySQL powered applications. 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.

Amazon RDS and ClearDB can be categorized as "SQL Database as a Service" tools.

Some of the features offered by Amazon RDS are:

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

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

  • Global Multi-Master Design- ClearDB uses geo-distributed MySQL database configurations for the ultimate in database availability, survivability, and performance. Even if whole cloud regions go offline, your database will stay online.
  • Completely Fault Tolerant- ClearDB is the only cloud database in the market today that offers true multi-regional read/write mirroring with 100% uptime, even if networks or disks fail.
  • Native MySQL- Our clusters use native MySQL so that you don't have to worry about re-tuning your applications to work with ClearDB.

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

Airbnb, Netflix, and Coursera are some of the popular companies that use Amazon RDS, whereas ClearDB is used by Salesforce, Movielala, and Skype. Amazon RDS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1435 company stacks & 526 developers stacks; compared to ClearDB, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 3 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 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.

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      What are some alternatives to Amazon RDS and ClearDB?
      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.
      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.
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      Avatar of Pathwright
      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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      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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