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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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MySQL

It is extremely well-suited for use cases across a broad range of applications such as e-commerce and business applications, and most small to larger organizations will find it well-suited for their data storage needs for a particular application. However, it is not designed for data warehousing and would not do well for analytics data for which a No-SQL option would serve better, and it is not ideal for geographical data management.
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Pros

Amazon Aurora

  • It is a high performance and low latency database. You can also be assured of the high-availability of the database and the services hosted.
  • The Security provided by Amazon is again top notch because all of the data is encrypted and secured. The customers feel much more relaxed and assured when the project is using Amazon Aurora to host their services.
  • A big plus point for Amazon Aurora is the latest and impactful upgrades which it brings in the package. The automated up-gradation and maintenance is an outstanding feature which it provides to receive and stay up to date with the latest upgrades in the DB world.
  • It is compatible with MYSQL and PostgreSQL. It essentially means that the database is able to support the old data-sets and tools which were being used on those DB's. This is a great advantage because it is essentially backward compatible.
  • The Amazon technical team behind the development of this software is very knowledgeable and supportive as well. We told our requirements clearly and they suggested the best use of the database for us, which scenario it should be used, and which it is not a perfect fit.
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MySQL

  • Store Data
  • Easy Query Language
  • Simple to setup
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Cons

Amazon Aurora

  • 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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MySQL

  • Currently owned by Oracle
  • MySQL doesn’t support full outer joins
  • MySQL doesn’t support working with arrays
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Aurora

No score
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MySQL

MySQL 8.3
Based on 3 answers
It is best open source relational database.
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Usability

Amazon Aurora

No score
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MySQL

MySQL 8.0
Based on 5 answers
I give MySQL a 9/10 overall because I really like it but I feel like there are a lot of tech people who would hate it if I gave it a 10/10. I've never had any problems with it or reached any of its limitations but I know a few people who have so I can't give it a 10/10 based on those complaints.
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Support

Amazon Aurora

No score
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MySQL

MySQL 8.5
Based on 2 answers
The support staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. I only had to get part way through my explanations before they had a solution. They will walk you through a fix or actually connect in and fix the problem for you--or would if you can allow it. I've done it both ways with them. They are always forthcoming with 'how to do this if it happens again' information. I love working with MySQL support.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Aurora

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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MySQL

After Oracle bought MySQL, I have pivoted some projects to use MariaDB instead, which is a fork of MySQL and maintained by the community and original developers of MySQL. This is free under the GNU GPL, and is not impacted by decisions Oracle makes for MySQL. RDS has the ability to run managed MySQL instances which make it even easier to setup and configure a database. RDS also has support for MariaDB.InfluxDB is a great Time Series DB Platform which was designed to collect measurements with timestamps, and works more efficiently than MySQL for this type of data. I would recommend InfluxDB for anyone who is on the fence about implementing a collection agent and having the stats go into MySQL or another Database system
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Return on Investment

Amazon Aurora

  • The main positive for my team is the time that has been freed up from the tasks of managing updates and fixing replication issues.
  • A negative for myself as a database administrator is removal of features that were available in Mysql. Examples include 1) the use of the storage engines other than InnoDB (such as the Federated Storage Engine), 2) certain administrative privileges such as ability to export to csv file and easy ability to kill processes. I seem to also forget they removed the built-in kill ability and you must use their own provided kill functionality.
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MySQL

  • Open Source means lots of development and improvements from the community
  • Almost all developers know how to use MySQL
  • Easy to setup and configure
  • Lots of tooling
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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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MySQL

General

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

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