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Azure PostgreSQL vs DigitalOcean PostgreSQL

Azure PostgreSQL
DigitalOcean PostgreSQL

Description

Azure PostgreSQL is a service that allows you to run a PostgreSQL database on the cloud with Microsoft Azure. It is a fully managed database as a service with built-in capabilities, such as high availability and intelligence. You can use Azure PostgreSQL with any application or tool that supports PostgreSQL.

DigitalOcean PostgreSQL. DigitalOcean PostgreSQL is a service that allows you to run a PostgreSQL database on the cloud with DigitalOcean. It is a managed service that handles tasks such as installation, upgrades, backups, replication, and scaling of your PostgreSQL database. You can use DigitalOcean PostgreSQL with any application or tool that supports PostgreSQL.

Pricing

  • Deployment option: You can choose between Single Server, Flexible Server, and Hyperscale (Citus) deployment options, each with different features and performance characteristics. Single Server is a preconfigured database server with automatic patching and maintenance and built-in high availability. Flexible Server provides maximum control for your database with customised maintenance windows and additional configuration parameters. Hyperscale (Citus) enables horizontal scaling of your database across multiple nodes for large-scale workloads.
  • Instance type: You can choose the number of vCores and the amount of memory you want for your database server, up to 96 vCores and 768 GB of memory. The price per vCore and per GB of memory varies depending on the deployment option and the instance series you choose. For example, for Flexible Server, you can choose between Burstable, General Purpose, and Memory Optimized instance types, each with different price ranges and performance levels.
  • Storage type: You can choose between SSD or HDD storage types for your database server. SSD storage provides faster performance and lower latency than HDD storage. The price per GB of storage also varies depending on the storage type and the deployment option you choose. For example, for Single Server, SSD storage costs $0.115 per GB-month, while HDD storage costs $0.045 per GB-month.
  • Storage size: You can provision up to 16 TiB of storage for your database server. You are charged for the storage that you provision for your server, regardless of how much you actually use. You can also enable Storage Auto-growth to automatically increase your storage capacity when needed.
  • Backup retention: You can configure the backup retention period for your database server, up to 35 days. Backup storage is the storage associated with automated backups of your server. There is no additional charge for backup storage for up to 100% of your total provisioned server storage. Additional consumption of backup storage will be charged in GB-month. You can also choose between locally redundant or geo-redundant backup storage options, each with different price ranges and availability levels.
  • Region: You can choose the region where you want to deploy your database server. The price per vCore, per GB of memory, per GB of storage, and per GB of backup storage varies depending on the region you choose. For example, for Single Server in the US East region, a Gen 5 instance with 2 vCores and 4 GB of memory costs $0.068 per hour, while in the Japan East region, it costs $0.076 per hour.
  • Node type: You can choose between single node clusters and high availability clusters. Single node clusters are not highly available, but they feature automatic failover. High availability clusters have at least one standby node for automatic failover. You can add or remove standby nodes at any time. Other features, like point-in-time recovery and read-only nodes, vary by database engine.
  • Node size: You can choose the number of vCPUs and the amount of memory you want for your database node, up to 16 vCPUs and 256 GB of memory. The price per vCPU and per GB of memory varies depending on the node type and the machine type you choose. For example, for single node clusters, you can choose between Basic, General Purpose, and Storage-Optimized machine types, each with different price ranges and performance levels.
  • Storage size: You can provision up to 16 TiB of storage for your database node. You are charged for the storage that you provision for your node, regardless of how much you actually use. The price per GB of storage also varies depending on the storage type and the node type you choose. For example, for single node clusters, SSD storage costs $0.115 per GB-month, while HDD storage costs $0.045 per GB-month.
  • Backup retention: You can configure the backup retention period for your database node, up to 35 days. Backup storage is the storage associated with automated backups of your node. There is no additional charge for backup storage for up to 100% of your total provisioned node storage. Additional consumption of backup storage will be charged in GB-month. You can also choose between locally redundant or geo-redundant backup storage options, each with different price ranges and availability levels.
  • Region: You can choose the region where you want to deploy your database node. The price per vCPU, per GB of memory, per GB of storage, and per GB of backup storage varies depending on the region you choose. For example, for single node clusters in the NYC1 region, a Basic machine with 2 vCPUs and 4 GB of memory costs $0.068 per hour, while in the SGP1 region, it costs $0.075 per hour.

Features

  • It supports several versions of PostgreSQL, from 9.5 to 14, and offers features such as SSL/TLS encryption, Point-in-Time Restore, and Azure Monitor.
  • It provides high availability and durability with regional instances and read replicas.
  • It supports integrations with key services like Azure Kubernetes Service , Azure Synapse Analytics , and Azure Machine Learning .
  • It supports several versions of PostgreSQL, from 10 to 13, and offers features such as SSL/TLS encryption, Point-in-Time Recovery, and Connection Pooling.
  • It provides high availability and durability with automatic failover and standby nodes.
  • It supports integrations with key services like DigitalOcean Spaces , DigitalOcean Kubernetes , and DigitalOcean App Platform .

Pros

  • It is a fully managed service that handles tasks such as installation, upgrades, backups, replication, and scaling of your PostgreSQL database.
  • It supports flexible deployment options, such as Single Server, Flexible Server, and Hyperscale (Citus), to suit different workloads and performance needs.
  • It provides security features such as firewall rules, encryption at rest and in transit, role-based access control, and data masking.
  • It is a fully managed service that handles tasks such as installation, upgrades, backups, replication, and scaling of your PostgreSQL database.
  • It supports flexible node types and sizes, from 1 GB RAM/1 vCPU to 64 GB RAM/16 vCPU. You can also add or remove nodes at any time.
  • It provides security features such as firewall rules, encryption at rest and in transit, role-based access control, and data masking.

Cons

  • It is more expensive than running self-managed PostgreSQL on Azure Virtual Machines.
  • It does not provide host access to the DB instances or allow you to run custom extensions or scripts on them.
  • It has some limitations and differences from standard PostgreSQL, such as unsupported parameters, functions, data types, and extensions.
  • It is more expensive than running self-managed PostgreSQL on Droplets.
  • It does not provide host access to the DB nodes or allow you to run custom extensions or scripts on them.
  • It has some limitations and differences from standard PostgreSQL, such as unsupported parameters, functions, data types, and extensions.