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What is Amazon Aurora?

What is Amazon Aurora?

What is Amazon Aurora?
date_range - 5 months ago

Amazon Aurora is MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database built for the cloud; it is designed to offer security, performance, reliability, and availability of enterprise databases at 1/10th of the cost.

Amazon Aurora is up to three times faster than PostgreSQL and up to five times faster than MySQL. Amazon Aurora is managed by Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). Amazon RDS automates a lot of time-consuming administration tasks such as database setup, patching, backups, and hardware provisioning.

Amazon Aurora is a distributed, fault-tolerant, self-healing storage system with the ability to scale up to 64TB per database instance. It offers point-in-time recovery, continuous backup to Amazon S3, and replication across three Availability Zones (AZs).

What are the benefits of using Amazon Aurora?

Amazon Aurora is an excellent choice in terms of performance, scalability, availability, security, and cost. It offers the features of enterprise databases at a fraction of the cost.

Performance

Amazon Aurora is up to five times faster than standard MySQL and three times faster than standard PostgreSQL.

Scalability

Database instance can be easily scaled up or down depending on the needs or scaling can be done automatically by using Aurora Serverless. Databases instances can be scaled up to 64TB.

Availability

Amazon Aurora is designed to offer 99.99% availability; it offers replication of 6 copies of your data across 3 Availability Zones. Iz has a continuous backup to Amazon S3 storage.

Security

Amazon Aurora is designed to provide superb security by implementing multiple layers of security. These include network isolation, encryption of data in transit and at rest by using keys managed through AWS Key Management Service. When Amazon Aurora instance is encrypted, backups, snapshots, and replicas are also encrypted.

MySQL and PostgreSQL Compatibility

mazon Aurora engine is fully compatible with MySQL and PostgreSQL databases. Compatibility for new database versions is added regularly. Data can be easily migrated from MySQL/PostgreSQL to Aurora with simple import/export tools. Your existing applications that use MySQL or PostgreSQL can be used with Aurora without the need to change anything in the code.

Simple Management

Amazon Aurora is fully managed by Amazon RDS, so you don't need to worry about time-consuming tasks such as configuration, patching, hardware provisioning. Aurora is automatically backed up to Amazon S3, enabling point-in-time recovery. Database performance is easily monitored by using Amazon CloudWatch.

Simple Migration

As Amazon Aurora is fully compatible with MySQL and PostgreSQL, migration is effortless. If you plan to migrate your database to the cloud, Amazon Aurora is an excellent choice in terms of simplicity, performance, availability, and cost. For the migration with virtually no downtime, AWS Database Migration Service offers the ability of heterogeneous and homogeneous migrations without downtime. You can read more about "Database Migration to AWS With No Downtime" in our blog.

What are the use cases for Amazon Aurora?

Amazon Aurora is built for a variety of use cases and can handle virtually any scenario where relational databases are needed.

Enterprise Application

Amazon Aurora is robust enough to handle any enterprise application that uses a relational database. Compared to traditional enterprise databases, Amazon Aurora can help cut the cost by 90% and improve the reliability and availability of the database.

Software as a Service (SaaS) Applications

SaaS applications are often architectured to handle multi-tenant users. Amazon Aurora is perfect for this use-case; it offers high performance and reliability together with storage scaling.

Web and Mobile Gaming

Amazon Aurora is an excellent choice for large web applications and mobile games built to operate on a very large scale. The database fulfills all the needs of modern web and mobile games such as massive storage scalability, high throughput, and high availability.

Conclusion

Amazon Aurora is a relational database built for the demands of modern applications. It runs in the cloud, it is fully managed by Amazon RDS, and it offers enterprise database features at a fraction of the cost. Migration from MySQL and PostgreSQL to Amazon Aurora is straightforward, through the use of AWS Database Migration Service we can even eliminate downtime for critical apps. Amazon Aurora is an excellent choice for companies looking for the relational database system rich in features.

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