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What Is RDS?

Relational Database Service (RDS) is a cloud-based web service that is reliable, scalable, easy to manage, and immediately ready for use.

RDS provides a comprehensive performance monitoring system, multi-level security protection measures, and a professional database management platform, allowing you to easily set up and scale a relational database. On the RDS console, you can perform almost all necessary tasks and no programming is required. The console simplifies operation procedures and reduces routine O&M workloads, so that you can focus on your application and service development.

RDS for MySQL

MySQL is one of the world's most popular open-source relational databases. It works with the Linux, Apache, and Perl/PHP/Python (LAMP) model to provide efficient web solutions. RDS for MySQL is reliable, scalable, inexpensive, easy to manage, and immediately ready for use.

  • RDS for MySQL uses mature architecture and applies to various web applications. It is cost-effective and suitable for small- and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Visualized and controllable: The console provides comprehensive monitoring information and is easy to use.
  • You can flexibly adjust the required resources based on your service requirements and pay for only what you use.

For details about the versions supported by RDS for MySQL, see section DB Engines and Versions.

RDS for PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is an open-source object-relational database management system with an emphasis on extensibility and standards compliance. It is known as the most advanced open-source database. It applies to business-oriented online transaction processing (OLTP) scenarios and supports NoSQL (JSON, XML, or hstore) and geographic information system (GIS) data types. It has earned a reputation for reliability and data integrity, and applies to Internet websites, location-based applications, and complex data object processing.

  • The postgis plugin is supported. Its space application is excellent and meets the international standards. PostgreSQL offers functions similar to those of Oracle database systems, but is less expensive.
  • PostgreSQL applies to various scenarios and is cost-effective. You can flexibly scale resources based on your service requirements and pay for only what you use.

For details about the versions supported by RDS for PostgreSQL, see section DB Engines and Versions.

RDS for Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server is a well established commercial database with mature enterprise-class architecture. It supports one-stop deployment, ensuring key O&M services and lowering labor costs. It is widely used in government, finance, medical care, education, and gaming. RDS for Microsoft SQL Server is reliable, scalable, inexpensive, easy to manage, and immediately ready for use.

  • RDS for SQL Server provides the HA architecture, data security assurance, and backup mechanism for fault recovery within seconds.
  • Microsoft license fees are covered by RDS for SQL Server.

For details about the versions supported by RDS for Microsoft SQL Server, see section DB Engines and Versions.