Gartner Research

Differentiating Between Amazon Web Services' Database Offerings

Published: 01 August 2016

ID: G00302397

Analyst(s): Rick Greenwald


Amazon Web Services offers a wide range of database services, each with a different set of capabilities. The options summarized in this research note will help data architects choose the most appropriate service or services for successful development and implementation of their cloud DBMS.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • For the Full Functionality of a Relational DBMS, Select Amazon RDS
    • Amazon RDS
    • Amazon Aurora
  • For Analytic Processing, Select Amazon Redshift
  • For ETL and Some Analytics, Select Amazon EMR
  • For a Dynamically Scalable NoSQL Database, Select Amazon DynamoDB
  • For High-Performance Access to Data, Select Amazon ElastiCache
  • For an Entry-Level Database, Consider Amazon SimpleDB
  • Consider the Use of Multiple AWS Database Services to Address Larger or More Complex Use Cases
  • Make Sure Your Proof of Concept Is Carried Out at Scale, With Appropriate Scaling and Process Steps

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