High-Speed, Low-Cost and logins for years. Amazon Aurora filled a huge need!
June 21, 2019

High-Speed, Low-Cost and logins for years. Amazon Aurora filled a huge need!

Jesse Bickel, MS - PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Aurora

Our organization has a need to store massive amounts of logs in AWS S3 storage. We use Amazon Aurora to query against that data and avoid using high priced third-party logging indexing software and their hot storage. AWS Athena use is isolated to our development teams and business analysts only. The main purpose for our organization using Amazon Aurora is simply cost savings and further centralizing under the AWS platform.
  • Amazon Aurora's billing style is ideal. You only pay for what and when you use it. If you store large amounts of data but do not need to query against it, there is no cost until you do.
  • Amazon Aurora is highly supported and has seemed to be supported by a knowledgeable staff. While the use rolled into our premium support agreement, we found their staff and training resources to be well above average.
  • The speed is industry leading relational database. That simple. Faster, more secure and reliable.
  • While the service is outstanding there does seem to be a routine issue in connecting or keeping connections to Amazon RDS DB Instances at times or the connection is slow. I think clearer documentation would be highly beneficial here.
  • Increased logs or discovery notes in the event of a replication failure.
  • 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.
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.
Amazon Aurora is an ideal and industry-leading storage subsystem that allows you to manage costs utilizing the data but also accessing the data with incredible speed. The database engine seems to really leverage the benefits of Amazon's distributed storage and scaling of that storage. Aurora eliminated numerous manual processes and reduces operational overhead in processing & replication. Depending on how often and quickly you need access to those databases will determine if this is a fit for your organization. If you need constant hot storage and access full time this is not ideal. If you can tolerate the process of a query than this is highly effective.