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Amazon Aurora

41 Ratings

MariaDB

32 Ratings

Amazon Aurora

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MariaDB

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Aurora

When already using a relational database, either MySQL or PostgreSQL, the change to Amazon Aurora should be very straightforward. The main benefits you get are cost efficiency and ease with regards to the storage, as it scales with you, and managing clusters including failovers are made very straightforward for you.If you are looking for a database which can scale up and down quickly with demand, Aurora may not be the best fit. However, there is now an Amazon Aurora Serverless service which attempts to address this requirement. I do not have any experience with it, so cannot comment further - but it is possible it will fit your use-case.
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MariaDB

MariaDB is well suited in scenarios where it is possible to use open source software and scenarios that demands active-active clusters. MariaDB is maintained to date with the latest version of MySQL and will work just like MySQL. All the commands, interfaces, libraries and APIs that exist in MySQL also exist in MariaDB. There is no need to convert the databases to switch to MariaDB. But in critical systems we do not risk using it yet.
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Pros

  • The MySQL compatibility meant we didn't have to change anything in our system which used to run on a MySQL database. It was a very simple configuration change to point at the new instance once set up
  • Much better performance than our previous MySQL database (hosted on AWS RDS) for lower costs due to the way storage is managed
  • Storage management is much more simple as it grows and shrinks with you without having to allocate and deallocate storage to the database
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  • Synchronous multi-master cluster that permits to develop high availability applications
  • Compatible with applications developed to MySQLDB.
  • Not much modification required
  • Quicker security releases. You don't need to wait about 2 or 3 months to security patches.
  • MariaDB is developed fully in the open: all development decisions can be reviewed and debated on a public mailing list of in the public bug tracker
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Cons

  • Without direct access to the instances it isn't possible to do a few things you'd be able to do if you were running your own database server, but this is rarely an issue
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  • It's not guaranteed to be 100% compatible with MySQL (especially newer versions). However I've never encountered problems with this.
  • Could have some UI tools incorporated into it like its competitors.
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MariaDB9.0
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On Debian Linux, it is recommended to install a MariaDB repository and retrieve the product from there. It is both a good and a bad thing: it is more up-to-date than Debian's version (as Debian tends to lag behind with stable software), but it also makes your packages drift away from the generic system.
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Alternatives Considered

Unlike proprietary solutions like Microsoft SQL Server, Amazon Aurora does not need proprietary licensing, so we can use this budget to get cloud solutions with high availability and performance, at a similar rate. When compared to MySQL or Postgres SQL, it allows us to have a database system always updated with the most current features and security best practices without having to worry about it. In normal database systems like MySQL to keep the database system up to date we need to have someone always looking for new upgrades.As it relies on MySQL there is no extra formation for a team that is already used to a MySQL solution.
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Thanks to MySQL compatibility, everything you've learned while using it can be utilized when using MariaDB. Therefore it's a better choice than MongoDB and MSSQL if you're looking to switch away from MySQL. MariaDB is also a very mature and stable product, unlike MongoDB that is still rather new product when compared to others and things may change significantly among versions in it.
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Return on Investment

  • Moderately reduced database running costs
  • Improved performance of database cluster which in turn has had a positive impact on the response times of our API services
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  • Free to use and openly developed. No license costs.
  • Widely known product by lots of people. Easy to find people who can work with it.
  • Stable and bug-free. Has worked well in production environments.
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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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MariaDB

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