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Solution Scorecard for Amazon Relational Database Service

Published: 24 March 2022


Amazon RDS fulfills all of Gartner’s required criteria for an operational database platform as a service. When combined with AWS’s dbPaaS and data-related offerings, Amazon RDS provides an enterprise-ready option for data and analytics technical professionals tasked with selecting dbPaaS solutions.

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Key Findings
  • Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) satisfies 100% of Gartner’s Required criteria for an operational database platform as a service (dbPaaS). In addition, Amazon RDS meets 94% and 72% of Gartner’s Preferred and Optional criteria, respectively, making it a highly serviceable dbPaaS solution for enterprise workloads that require an operational relational database.

  • Amazon RDS can meet essential requirements, but it does not support a small number of emerging feature innovations that can be found in competing relational dbPaaS offerings. These include zero downtime for database software updates, tiered data storage and database administrator (DBA) separation of duties.

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