difference between Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS


What is the difference between Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS?

the problem now is: MariaDB is not fully supported under RDS but Ec2, what is the diff between RDS and EC2?
marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Asked:
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
RDS is Amazon Relational Database Service (database server) https://aws.amazon.com/rds/  AWS is Amazon Web Service (think the web server)  https://aws.amazon.com/  

AWS is where you would keep your html files. I don't use RDS but it looks like it has the latest stable version of Maria https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2018/01/mariadb-10-2-now-supported-on-amazon-rds/

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Vivek IyerCommented:
Ec2 is just like a virtual machine in traditional data centers. Once an EC2 instance is up and running you can technically install anything and everything you like.

If you want to save the installation and other steps, you can use the AMI - Amazon Machine Image which comes with different flavours of OS and even with MariaDB or other db / middleware components at time.

You can also check AWS Market Place where you can find Enterprise grade apps, that can be installed on a single click.


RDS on the other hand is the AWS offerings of database flavors, which can be setup with few clicks and used in minutes. AWS however offers only selected flavors of RDS from main RDS vendors like Oracle, Microsoft etc and also offers AWS's own flavors of MySQL which is Aurora.
marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Author Commented:
tks both.
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