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Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL vs Heroku Postgres: What are the differences?

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL: * Set up, operate, and scale PostgreSQL deployments in the cloud. Amazon RDS manages complex and time-consuming administrative tasks such as PostgreSQL software installation and upgrades, storage management, replication for high availability and back-ups for disaster recovery. With just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can deploy a PostgreSQL database with automatically configured database parameters for optimal performance. Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instances can be provisioned with either standard storage or Provisioned IOPS storage. Once provisioned, you can scale from 10GB to 3TB of storage and from 1,000 IOPS to 30,000 IOPS; *Heroku Postgres:** Heroku's Database-as-a-Service. Based on the most powerful open-source database, PostgreSQL. Heroku Postgres provides a SQL database-as-a-service that lets you focus on building your application instead of messing around with database management.

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL and Heroku Postgres can be primarily classified as "PostgreSQL as a Service" tools.

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

  • 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.

On the other hand, Heroku Postgres provides the following key features:

  • High Availability
  • Rollback
  • Dataclips

"Easy setup, backup, monitoring" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL over the competitors, whereas "Easy to setup" was stated as the key factor in picking Heroku Postgres.

According to the StackShare community, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL has a broader approval, being mentioned in 167 company stacks & 29 developers stacks; compared to Heroku Postgres, which is listed in 74 company stacks and 39 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL?

Amazon RDS manages complex and time-consuming administrative tasks such as PostgreSQL software installation and upgrades, storage management, replication for high availability and back-ups for disaster recovery. With just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can deploy a PostgreSQL database with automatically configured database parameters for optimal performance. Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instances can be provisioned with either standard storage or Provisioned IOPS storage. Once provisioned, you can scale from 10GB to 3TB of storage and from 1,000 IOPS to 30,000 IOPS.

What is 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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    What are some alternatives to Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL and Heroku Postgres?
    Google Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL
    Cloud SQL offers high performance, scalability, and convenience. Hosted on Google Cloud Platform, Cloud SQL provides a database infrastructure for applications running anywhere.
    Azure Database for PostgreSQL
    Azure Database for PostgreSQL provides a managed database service for app development and deployment that allows you to stand up a PostgreSQL database in minutes and scale on the fly – on the cloud you trust most.
    ElephantSQL
    ElephantSQL hosts PostgreSQL on Amazon EC2 in multiple regions and availability zones. The servers are continuously transferring the Write-Ahead-Log (the transaction log) to S3 for maximum reliability.
    Database Labs
    We manage an optimized Postgres image. You focus on your core app, not on becoming a database administrator.
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    Stores the admin database for the SRX apps - includes an audit log, error tracking, and SRX admin message log.

    Will also store PRS rules when refactor is complete.

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    Tim Lucas uses Heroku PostgresHeroku Postgres

    Rock solid transactional storage of user, purchase and course activity data. During development database dumps were easy to create and download locally for testing.

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    datapile uses Heroku PostgresHeroku Postgres

    We use heroku PostgreSQL databases for testing alongside our sandboxed application(s) in heroku.

    Extremely simple, practically a one-click setup.

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    Hunt Norment uses Heroku PostgresHeroku Postgres

    4 years of experience using Heroku Postgres for data storage and management.

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    Kyle Fretwell uses Heroku PostgresHeroku Postgres

    Created several tables for users, brands, deals, campaigns, and tracking.

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    Mark Walle uses Amazon RDS for PostgreSQLAmazon RDS for PostgreSQL

    Using PostGIS to serve GeoJSON data for the Leaflet front-end.

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    Main relational DB engine

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    Store and query data

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