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Amazon Aurora

For workloads that already use, or plan on using, MySQL or PostgreSQL, Aurora is our new go-to favorite deployment option for projects on AWS. The best use cases for Aurora will be substantial workloads that are well-suited to the simple scaling controls (both from an instance type perspective, as well as storage perspective), and will benefit from Aurora's simple, very low latency read replicas. Aurora is extremely fault tolerant and has improved self-healing ability.
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Snowflake

Snowflake is the perfect data warehouse for a business that operates primarily on the cloud. Since Snowflake itself is a cloud based data warehouse, this makes integration very convenient. On the other hand, if a business operates using on-premise technology and is unable to integrate well with cloud based services, Snowflake can turn out to be a disastrous option.
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Pros

  • Aurora's throughput is great compared to MySQL and MariaDB.
  • Aurora Serverless's pay-per-use makes it very inexpensive when used for services that are idle most of the day. This helps us adhere to the one-database-per-microservice pattern; cost is no longer a concern.
  • Aurora is mostly managed. Administering databases will never be a competitive advantage for my company.
  • Aurora has great integration with other AWS products, like DMS.
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  • Process Engine control - we can stop/pause/start engines for various tasks.
  • Processing speed is adequate unless there are many users on at the same time.
  • Web interface is easy and intuitive, like the fact that your queries are automatically saved in tabs.
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Cons

  • Cold-starts are part of the Aurora Serverless compromise, but they are painful nonetheless.
  • We're accustomed to sub-second metering for AWS Lambda; Aurora Serverless has 1-minute minimums for resources.
  • Aurora Serverless is compatible with MySQL 5.6. MySQL 5.6 lacks many of the features PostgreSQL users will expect.
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  • Charting features could be better.
  • Reporting tools are not very extensive, creating a need for combining with other tools like Tableau.
  • Data Warehouse entirely on the cloud might be a problem for some businesses.
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SnowFlake is very cost effective and we also like the fact we can stop, start and spin up additional processing engines as we need to. We also like the fact that it's easy to connect our SQL IDEs to Snowflake and write our queries in the environment that we are used to
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Alternatives Considered

Aurora MySQL 5.6 lacks many of the features of PostgreSQL, and even more recent versions of MySQL or MariaDB. You may be able to tolerate these deficiencies; simple OLTP use-cases will be served adequately. Like RDS and DynamoDB, Aurora is managed and integrates well with other AWS products. Amazon Aurora Serverless can be much less expensive than RDS, however.
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Snowflake offers great customer support when compared to most other Software as a Service data warehouses. Moreover, having a data warehouse built entirely on the cloud makes it easier for teams working across different geographical locations to integrate their work. Additionally, Snowflake is also priced better when compared to other warehousing services.
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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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  • Significantly improved the efficiency of analytics and reporting.
  • Performance of queries has gone up.
  • Allows for easy changes, making project timelines move faster.
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Amazon Aurora

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Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Snowflake

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