Extremely handy, well integrated and easy to use
Ilyas Bakouch | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 11, 2019

Extremely handy, well integrated and easy to use

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Aurora

Amazon Aurora is widely used by multiple teams in the organization essentially for two reasons: its high throughput in comparison with standard MySql and its S3 real-time, continuous backups.
  • Optimized storage type for intensive I/O operations.
  • Continuous backups to S3.
  • 5x higher throughput than regular MySql 5.6.
  • Even though you are only billed per second of usage, there is a minimum of 5 minutes billed each time the database is active.
  • For high load apps, Aurora Serverless is extremely expensive as compared to a single provisioned Aurora instance.
  • Developers can easily spin up new DB instances to work with and retire them when done, helping us migrate towards the DevOps philosophy: No need for a dedicated team to handle infrastructure/operations.
  • Aurora Serverless helped us a lot for peak periods and for when the load is unpredictable: cut costs and only per usage.
We selected Amazon Aurora for its ease of use, its Serverless option and it's reliability.
I never had issues with Aurora that forced me to deal with support. It has been stable and reliable so far, at least in my experience and my team's.

Do you think Amazon Aurora delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Amazon Aurora's feature set?

Yes

Did Amazon Aurora live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Amazon Aurora go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Amazon Aurora again?

Yes

It's not obvious to plan database capacity for a year out, so I usually avoid buying reserved instances. However, the ability to buy “Reserved ACUs” would be something interesting concept. That way you could prepay for hours of capacity at a discounted rate. If your load is stable but peaks at certain times, go for an Aurora Serverless, it will be way cheaper than reserved instances.