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Amazon Aurora

Many places where Aurora is well suited:
  • If you are trying to build a serverless backend.
  • Amazon hosted relational database service (RDS). So we do not have to manage the database maintenance.
  • Backup and archival can be done to AWS S3, which is very convenient.
  • It provides high performance and scalability.
  • It's very secure. You could use AWS Key management service (KMS) to encrypt and store data on AWS Aurora.
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DB2

It's probably more common in the financial and government sectors. Given that user base, it's nice to have common customers.

Given that development tools are a little lacking, shops with lots of outsourced development talent might want to think about it.
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Pros

  • Aurora is a relational database as a service on AWS which is MySQL and Postgres compatible. So if you are looking for a serverless option which going through need to host and manage a database then Aurora as a service is great.
  • It is a simple and cost-effective open source database which is much cheaper than a normal database cost. Hence very efficient for microservices database where you do not need one very large centralized database but many small databases that are available and low latency.
  • Aurora provides high performance and low latency. Last year they also announced multi-master in the same region and read replicas in multiple regions. This is very convenient if you are trying to design and build a highly reliable application.
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  • It's best for use in a BW landscape for reporting purposes where you need fast data fetching. As compared to other traditional DBs, I feel DB2 is lightweight and less complicated.
  • Easy DB administration, and requires less administration.
  • Easy in version as well as FP upgrades.
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Cons

  • I'd like to see Amazon Aurora get ahead of the curve on MySQL and introduce their own improvements to MySQL to make it a superior database so that I don't need to use SQL Server or Oracle to get performance improvements. For example, improve performance of views.
  • Amazon Aurora needs to improve the ability to restore backups as needed. Currently, the user can only restore an entire instance to a new or existing RDBMS instance. If you need to retrieve data from a single table, this can be tedious after waiting hours for an entire restore to complete. Instead, allow the user to select a database to restore. Better yet, allow the user to restore a database backup to ANOTHER database - which would allow you to restore a database on the same instance.
  • Again beat MySQL to the punch and introduce REAL server to server communication since they have disabled the "Federated Engine" which was the only way previously to do this. I'd like to be able to setup MySQL instances to talk to other MySQL instances.
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  • Does not have the most sophisticated features
  • At its core it utilizes IMB "green screen" interface
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DB28.0
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Because it is required to support our business unit
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Usability

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DB25.0
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You have to be well versed in using the technology, not only from a GUI interface but from a command line interface to successfully use this software to its fullest.
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Reliability and Availability

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DB29.7
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I am not aware of it ever crashing.
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Performance

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DB29.2
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The performances are exceptional if you take care to maintain the database. It is a very powerful tool and at the same time very easy to use. In our installation, we expect a DB machine on the mainframe with access to the database through ODBC connectors directly from branch servers, with fabulous end users experience.
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Alternatives Considered

In the end, we went with Amazon Aurora due to the decent performance and cost. Cost was determined in two ways for us: 1) no additional license is required (such as using SQL Server or Oracle) and 2) the ability to cut down on needed resources to maintain the system from the maintenance perspective due to the built-in maintenance capabilities. Amazon Aurora is also based on MySQL (soon to include PostgreSQL ) which allowed my team to quickly and easily move our existing MySQL servers to a faster system.
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DB2 is more complicated to administer than Sybase, but it also provides many more features for applications.
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Scalability

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DB28.5
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Sometimes scalability is searched when not needed.
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Return on Investment

  • Aurora Serverless has allowed us to inexpensively implement best-practices for our microservices architecture.
  • Aurora is mostly managed; our engineers can focus on features instead of database administration.
  • Aurora is capable of high throughput. Speed is not our first priority, but we still benefit from it.
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  • Using the SAP / DB2 licensing model, we saved over a million in licensing fees over the competitor.
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Amazon Aurora

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Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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DB2

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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No
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