RDS Multi-AR for SQL Server Web/SE (Multi-AZ or Cross-Region Readable-Replica)

RDS Multi-AR for SQL Server Web/SE (Multi-AZ or Cross-Region Readable-Replica)

RDS Multi-AR for SQL Server Web/SE (Multi-AZ or Cross-Region Readable-Replica)

Cross-Region (Multi-AR) RDS mirroring costing less than RDS Multi-AZ ➤ FAQ ➤ Free Trial

CLOUDBASIC Multi-AR for RDS/SQL Server Web/SE is an AWS EC2 Server with pre-installed MS SQL Server Web or Standard Edition, which mirrors RDS, EC2 or On-Premise MS SQL Server database to itself (for RDS-to-RDS or OnPrem-to-RDS replication see our RDS AlwaysOn/Geo-Replicate for SQL Server HA/DR product). Unlike the RDS Multi-AZ for SQL Server, it creates Multi-AZ or Geo-Readable-Replicas of your primary SQL Servers, which can be used for reporting, data-locality and off-loading of your primary databases. RDS Multi-AZ does not create Read-Replicas for MS SQL Server.

Creating of standard .bak file backups off of RDS SQL Databases, with the option to be downloaded outside of AWS (unlike the RDS snapshots) or automatically uploaded to AWS Glacier, comes standard.

The replication engine supports all versions of MS SQL Server. It comes standard with per-installed MS SQL Server Web Edition (MS SQL Standard is optional). EC2 SQL Web Multi-AZ/AR can mirror all versions MS SQL Server to the EC2 SQL Server pre-installed on the same EC2 server, including to continuously mirror geo-located RDS SQL Standard/Enterprise servers with activated Multi-AZ and Encryption.

CLOUDBASIC Multi-AR delivers more functionality than the classic AWS RDS Multi-AZ for substantially lower cost.

Also see: FAQ | DR Architecture | Read Replicas & Data Locality | Documentation | Replication Engine Benchmarks | Case Studies

Customer Rating:

Common Use Cases:
  • Lower TCO alternative of RDS Multi-AZ (Zone-to-Zone Mirroring)
  • Mirroring of On-Premise MS SQL Server to AWS for DR, MS SQL Server or Redshift based Reporting
  • Low cost AWS Cross-Region Mirroring for DR, Data Locality and Reporting
  • Deploying multiple RDS365 Multi-AZ/AR servers in remote regions for data locality (i.e. mirroring of US Viriginia primary RDS to Europe and Asia for data locality)

Enterprise Support by a dedicated support representative is included as part of all subscriptions.

Key Features:

Latest Version:

Operating System:
Windows, Windows Server 2012 w/SQL Express 2014 (used for system purposes; this is not your replica MS SQL Server) & IIS 2012 x64

Delivery Method:
64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

AWS Services Required:
Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS

All subscriptions include support by a dedicated support advisor.

Free trial EC2 cost estimate: (Choose your region below):
  • Price is per hour, billed monthly
  • Total cost depends on instance type and EC2 region.
  • Software runs on instance types (Details).
  • Data Transfer Fees not included (Details).
  • Assumes On-Demand EC2 pricing (Details).
  • EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes (Details):
    $0.10 per GB-month of provisioned storage
  • For lower prices you can try: Reserved Instances
  • See all EC2 pricing details.

Setup Instructions: Once you sign up for a free trial, you will receive an AMI ID over email. Locate the AMI ID in the list of Community AMIs and launch as an EC2 server within or outside of your VPC. Once the instance is running, and port 80 opened in the security group, connect to it by pointing a browser to the public DNS root URL (or IP) at default www port 80 (it might take a while for all services to initialize). Register and you will receive an activation key, which you need to enter on the next step to activate the instance. Login with user: admin, initial temporary password: {EC2 Instance ID} (required for security reasons) Upon successful login, you will land on the wizard page, which will allow you to initiate RDS/SQL Server replication in various scenarios, in just a few clicks. For more information, visit the Prerequisites and Get Started sections of the documentation.

Note: If the VPC does not allow public access, the activation process will switch to manual activation mode, in which case you would open an URL pointing to CloudBasic activation servers on AWS outside of your VPC. You will be asked to copy and paste back an activation code.

You'll be in good company:

Product Reviews

Very flexible, thorough, comes with great support


We use Cloudbasic to continually replicate the various databases to a database where we centralize and consolidate data and generate updated reports in real time. The tool is fast, reliable and with a very intuitive interface, which makes it easy for all staff to use.
Whenever we need support, during installation, questions or problems, they have always responded very quickly and are always willing to resolve the issue in a very kind manner. Read full review >>

Rodrigo Silva – DBA and Cloud Architect

Very flexible, thorough, comes with great support


We have used Cloudbasic to so far migrate over 100 databases from our virtualized SQL environment into AWS RDS SQL (and even some Azure SQL Database) with no downtime for the database users. Our databases are continually online and continually having DDL and DML changes made against them, so it was important to have a solution that would capture all of these changes and ensure that the migration target stayed up to date until the time of our cutover, and based on our research Cloud Basic was the one tool that was capable of achieving that seamlessly. Read full review >>

Senior SQL DBA / Cloud Architect

Amazing Product for RDS SQL Server replication


Cloudbasic RDS Always-On/Geo-Replicate for SQL Server provided us with just what we were looking for. It saved us a lot of time during our migration process by taking care of the database schema replication and keeping large amounts of data in sync. Also, the support has been amazing in terms of being available in-spite of the time zone differences. Read full review >>

Bernadette Hensley

Great product, fantastic support team!

We’re a small, growing company so our AWS budget is tight and the CloudBasic replication product is the perfect solution for our needs. This product has allowed us to implement a reliable, near real-time replication solution without resorting to expensive SQL Server/RDS replication solutions. The CloudBasic product has proven to be fast, reliable, easy to set up, use and manage.

Before our AWS migration we managed our own physical SQL Server installation and used SQL Server log shipping to sync our online and reporting databases with typical latencies of 15-30 minute range. With the CloudBasic solution our latencies are now in the 2-5 second range…  Read full review >>

Damien Hanna, Roomex Limited

CloudBasic is an AWS Rockstar!

The CloudBasic RDS Always-On/Geo-Replicate for SQL Server solution is an absolute lifesaver when working with RDS SQL Server! SQL Server on RDS falls short in a lot of aspects when it comes to replication and disaster recovery, and this solution makes the process seamless. We’re able to migrate very large amounts of data and keep the in sync while we move applications around, as well as create usable read-replicas that RDS simply doesn’t provide. Anytime we’ve run into any snags in the process, CloudBasic support has been right there available to help get things going right away. I’m truly impressed with the product and the company behind it! Read full review >>

Chris Kizziar

five-starsGreat product, simplifies architecture and hassle free

CLOUDBASIC RDS Always-On/Geo-Replicate for SQL Server HA/DR/Redshift/S3 provided us a way to replicate multiple on site MSSQL DBs to other datacenters as well as Amazon RDS\EC2 and also from the cloud into our datacenters. After spending weeks of investigating how we could manage this using SQL’s own replication or writing our own replication jobs we found Cloudbasic. We were up and running within a hour and our DBA team could test replication paths hassle free and have full control over the source and destination DBs. The ability to replicate into SQL Web version saves us $10,000’s every year whilst maintaining the ability to have read\write replicas. The Cloudbasic support has been fantastic, helping us with any questions we have and also releasing new features to meet specific needs, we couldn’t ask for more from a product support group. I would highly recommend you trial this product if you are looking at any form of hybrid MSSQL replication and want the most cost optimised solution that works straight out the box (AMI). Read full review >>


five-starsExcellent product and support!

CloudBasic RDS AlwaysOn/Geo-Replicate for SQL Server HA/DR is an excellent product backed by great support. Using the pre-configured AMI we were up and running in minutes. Used CloudBasic to migrate SQL Server databases into RDS, followed by setting up cross-region Multi-AR RDS SQL replications for Disaster Recovery and Multi-AZ High Availability. It works well with RDS Multi-AZ, creates SQL Server read-replicas which can be used for reporting, data-locality and offloading of primary RDS SQL Servers. With help form the responsive CloudBasic support team we were able to migrate our databases with no down time. Setting up DR and HA was straightforward.

I strongly recommend the product and the CloudBasic advisory support team…  Read full review >>


five-starsI’m really happy I found your product

I’m really happy I found your product as there are not many options for this sort of thing with RDS and SQL Server.


Daniel O’Connor, OpenAgent.com.au

five-starsDoes what it says on the box, easy to use, amazing support.

I found this tool when I was looking for a way to transfer databases between our development systems and our production systems. These comprised of a mix of in house physical SQL, EC2 SQL and and RDS. Cloudbasic Geo-replicate solved this problem.

The product improvements I asked for were implemented within days allowing me to extend our use of this product into our devops continuous delivery model.

Oniqua Cloud

five-starsAffordable SQL Server High Availability Solution

As a consultant I look for affordable and easy to maintain solutions for my customers. This SQL Server HA solution features a simple web interface. I did not have to worry about configuring server clusters, log shipping etc. I was able to setup a DB instance replication to a cross-region AlwaysOn RDS in minutes. I was pleasantly surprised that MSSQL Web Edition is also supported. I had to call for support related to DB issues on my end. I was assigned a dedicated support representative who proved to be very helpful. I did an extensive testing to ensure that this product is very reliable. With this product I am planning to scale up my Cloud Disaster Recovery implementation efforts.

Nick Semer, IT Consultant

five-starsSimple, Powerful, with Stellar Support


The software delivers what it promises. Its easy to use. The support is fantastic. We were impressed how fast they reached out to us to want to help. The software is fast, economical and affordable. It doesn’t put any stress on your source and destination databases. It seamlessly does what it does and it does it well. I highly recommend this product to anyone.

Otelz Development Team

five-starsSimple cross-region RDS replication solution

We were looking for a way to continuously replicate our RDS based SQL Servers from west to east coast, for disaster recovery and reporting purposes. We started from looking for a SQL Server log shipping and high availability based solution ..then found CloudBasic’s Geo-Replicate server. We launched the server from the market place, entered RDS source and destination information and within minutes were able to stream data. The secondary DBs seeded very fast, and … Read All

Radmeister, Inc.

five-starsEasy setup. Various deployment scenarios.

We were looking to utilize AWS as a fail-over site for our on-premise SQL Server based applications. We turned to the AWS Market place to find solutions to help us speed up implementation. Found this product, and within minutes were able to steam SQL Server data to an RDS SQL Server on AWS. All we had to do is enter source and destination SQL server connection strings. Then selected if we wanted a one time migration of the SQL server or also… Read full review >>

J.P., Solution Architect

five-starsWorks very well. Easy to use. Some minor issues need to be addressed.

We intended to use this software to do a one time migration of SQL databases from our co-located datacenter to AWS. Then figured it is very easy to setup continuous replication from East to West coast (AWS in California to AWS in Virginia). We currently use EC2 SQL Server Web edition in California, replicating to a small RDS Web Edition in Virginia… Read full review >>

John M.

five-starsSimple and inexpensive solution to replicate SQL Servers from West to East coast

Our customer base spans 100+ hospitals, including Tenet Healthcare, Baptist Health of South Florida and Texas Health Resources. We migrated our systems to AWS a year ago. Then shortly after, as part of our business continuity planning, selected the pre-AWS Marketplace version of CLOUDBASIC REPLICATE to … Read full review >>

Versant Holdings, LLC

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The most important feature we were looking for was to be able to access the end point of the replica for our reporting. This product replicates between SQL servers manages by us. We have to ensure the destination SQL Server is used in read-only mode, but this gives us the flexibility to setup replication in various scenarios: on-prem to AWS, across AWS regions, zone-to-zone. It does seem that SQL Server Web edition is supported in all scenarios as well… Read full review >>

George K.

five-starsCloudBasic SQL Migrate to RDS Solution

I used CloudBasic to Migrate my SQL2012 to an RDS 2012 instance. Install of CloudBasic was easy and once the connection strings were set on the CloudBasic Server webpage, my database connectivity was verified and the db migrated very fast to the RDS instance. CloudBasic is the easiest and fastest solution to replicate your data to an RDS instance for production and or testing. Thank You for making my job easier!!! Read full review >>

Tampa Bay Times

five-starsCloudBasic works great! Easy to setup and comes with outstanding support.

CloudBasic has a nice web user interface. There’s a quick setup feature to start replicating your databases in minutes after you setup the AMI from Amazon’s Marketplace. If you have any questions, RJ and their support team will go to great lengths to make sure CloudBasic gives you the ROI that you’re looking for in a database replication solution. Awesome product. Read full review >>

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