Most businesses have data stored in a variety of locations, from in-house databases to SaaS platforms. To get a full picture of their finances and operations, they pull data from all those sources into a data warehouse or data lake and run analytics against it. But they don't want to build and maintain their own data pipelines.

Fortunately, it’s not necessary to build everything in-house. We put together this guide to help you choose the product that’s the best fit for your business.

Overview

AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) and Stitch are popular platforms. Here's a side-by-side look at how they stack up against each other.

Focus Database migration and replication Data ingestion, ELT
Database replication Full table; incremental replication via change data capture Full table; incremental via change data capture or SELECT/replication keys
SaaS sources None More than 100
Ability for customers to add new data sources No Yes
Connects to data warehouses? Data lakes? Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
Transparent pricing Yes Yes
G2 customer satisfaction 3.7/5 4.8/5 (+22%)
Support SLAs Yes Available
Purchase process Self-service Options for self-service or talking with sales. Also available from the AWS store.
Compliance, governance, and security certifications HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2, PCI DSS Level 1, ISO 27001, and many more HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2
Data sharing No Yes, through Talend Data Fabric
Vendor lock-in Month to month. No open source Month to month or annual contracts. Open source integrations
Developer tools AWS Database Migration Service API gives programmatic control over most DMS operations Import API, Stitch Connect API for integrating Stitch with other platforms, Singer open source project

Let's dive into some of the details of each platform.

Transformations

AWS Database Migration Service (DMS)

DMS supports simple preload schema and tablespace transformations: rename, remove column, convert case, add or remove prefix or suffix, and define primary key. Transformations are defined in JSON format.

Stitch

Stitch is an ELT product. Within the pipeline, Stitch does only transformations that are required for compatibility with the destination, such as translating data types or denesting data when relevant. Stitch is part of Talend, which also provides tools for transforming data either within the data warehouse or via external processing engines such as Spark and MapReduce. Transformations can be defined in SQL, Python, Java, or via graphical user interface.

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Connectors: Data sources and destinations

Each of these tools supports a variety of data sources and destinations.

AWS Database Migration Service (DMS)

DMS supports about 10 types of database sources and destinations, including both cloud and on-premises databases. Cloud database sources may be a database managed by the customer running on Amazon EC2, or a managed service such as Microsoft Azure SQL Database, Amazon RDS, or Amazon S3. DMS doesn't support any SaaS data sources.

Stitch

Stitch supports more than 100 database and SaaS integrations as data sources, and eight data warehouse and data lake destinations. Customers can contract with Stitch to build new sources, and anyone can add a new source to Stitch by developing it according to the standards laid out in Singer, an open source toolkit for writing scripts that move data. Singer integrations can be run independently, regardless of whether the user is a Stitch customer. Running Singer integrations on Stitch’s platform allows users to take advantage of Stitch's monitoring, scheduling, credential management, and autoscaling features.

Support, documentation, and training

Data integration tools can be complex, so vendors offer several ways to help their customers. Online documentation is the first resource users often turn to, and support teams can answer questions that aren't covered in the docs. Vendors of the more complicated tools may also offer training services.

AWS Database Migration Service (DMS)

AWS provides online support through a ticketing system and a knowledgebase. Support tickets may get phone or chat responses. Documentation is comprehensive. Digital training materials are available.

Stitch

Stitch provides in-app chat support to all customers, and phone support is available for Enterprise customers. Support SLAs are available. Documentation is comprehensive and is open source — anyone can contribute additions and improvements or repurpose the content. Stitch does not provide training services.

Pricing

AWS Database Migration Service (DMS)

DMS pricing, like all AWS pricing, depends on instance size and storage amounts. Instances are charged by the hour and storage by the month.

Stitch

Stitch has pricing that scales to fit a wide range of budgets and company sizes. All new users get an unlimited 14-day trial. After the trial, there's a free plan for smaller organizations and nonproduction workloads. Standard plans range from $100 to $1,250 per month depending on scale, with discounts for paying annually. Enterprise plans for larger organizations and mission-critical use cases can include custom features, data volumes, and service levels, and are priced individually.

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Which tool is better overall? That's something every organization has to decide based on its unique requirements, but we can help you get started. Sign up now for a free trial of Stitch.