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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Aurora

Amazon Aurora is best suited for creating complex, highly available and commercial databases, in a very straightforward way. The database size should be medium to large because only then will you be able to justify the extra cost incurred for using Amazon Aurora. Another aspect is that if you are already using AWS and most of your applications and services are on the cloud, then it makes sense to use Amazon Aurora since it fits in the Amazon ecosystem really well.
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Amazon RDS

Amazon Relational Database Service is great when you need a Database solution that can work for you very fast. It is also a great solution when you need a system that can scale to handle very large amounts of data. You can get set up with a complex, large database eco-system in minutes/hours, and have the best security and backups scheduled. The alternative to doing this would typically be hiring one or more very experienced database professionals for not just the implementation, but also on staff to handle the periodic maintenance necessary.
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Pros

Amazon Aurora

  • Performance: We utilize Aurora as a PostgreSQL replacement, and Aurora's throughput is up to 3 times higher.
  • Simple Instance Auto-Scaling: We can scale the underlying database engine up or down with no down time.
  • Auto-Growing Storage: Rather than having to over-provision, Aurora automatically adds blocks of 10GB to your storage cluster up to multiple terabytes of storage.
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Amazon RDS

  • Hands-off managed service allows us to focus on how we use the database and not managing the database.
  • Multiple database choices provide us with the ability to choose the best product for the intended use case.
  • Automated snapshots take the pain out of disaster recovery.
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Cons

Amazon Aurora

  • Support for additional engines: Right now, Aurora is limited to MySQL and PostgreSQL.
  • PostgreSQL-specific Instance Types: The PostgreSQL has high minimum instance type variants; while MySQL can take advantage of t3 instances, the minimum PostgreSQL instance is too large for lower-budget workflows and tests/debugging.
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Amazon RDS

  • You do have a lack of control when it comes to the minutiae of database management. Replication topology, SUPER privilege, direct access to data directories and logs are all restricted with RDS making it harder for the experienced RDS sysadmin to run their system.
  • Availability reduced in some ways to make other options easier. The only feasible method is multi-AZ deployment for replication and planned downtime makes it hard to keep a running application at times
  • Lack of access to the professional tools of RDS systems means that you have reduced insight into how your system is performing.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Aurora

While they use similar services depending on the use case but Amazon Aurora significantly reduced our costs with Datadog. Being able to leverage our S3 buckets and using Amazon Aurora has allowed us to retain logs to meet our up to six-year requirement of retention without using the inflated costs Datadog hot storage. We were able to reduce the retention down to 30 days and have all logs after 30 days automatically dump into S3
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Amazon RDS

We mainly used RDS because our infrastructure was already up and running on AWS so the networking between the systems was quite easy to set up and manage. For our Azure infrastructure, we used their SQL database option instead for the same reasons. If AWS made it easier to use the professional tools provided with many SQL suites we would definitely prefer them over the competition, but until that day we will keep our RDS instances platform-specific.
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Return on Investment

Amazon Aurora

  • Amazon Aurora has significantly reduced our third-party logging software costs.
  • Amazon Aurora has significantly increased our ability to store logs long term with the peace of mind of being able to access and query the database with ease.
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Amazon RDS

  • Very positive. It has reduced our need to have IT Operations and DBA resources, and with Aurora we have been able to get better performance with less compute power required (that is, with a lower monthly spend).
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Pricing Details

Amazon Aurora

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Amazon RDS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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