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Amazon Launches Cloud Salvo-Aurora. New Relational Database Service

Amazon Launches Cloud Salvo-Aurora

At its re: Invent Developer Conference in Las Vegas, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a major cloud salvo, a new relational database service called Aurora that aims to provide proprietary performance at the cost of open source.

Aurora, introduced by AWS Senior Vice President Andy Jassy at Amazon's re: Invent event at Las Vegas, has been a three years database effort designed to tackle relational databases and to compete with Oracle.

According to AWS, Aurora (which means “new dawn”) is a MySQL-compatible database engine for Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Aurora is a fully MySQL compatible database service and was designed to deliver up to five times the throughput of standard MySQL running on the same hardware.

Some Of The Performance Gains In The New Aurora Relational Database

  • 6 million inserts per minute, 30 million selects per minute;
  • Data is replicated six ways across three availability zones;
  • Aurora is backed up on Amazon Simple Storage Services or S3;
  • Fault tolerant with crash recovery in few seconds.

Currently, Amazon Aurora is available through the pay-as-you-go pricing model, users pay a simple hourly charge for each Amazon Aurora database instance they use. Unlike standard MySQL database service, Aurora is extremely fast and set up to be highly durable and self-healing. Aurora also makes continuous instantaneous backups and designed for 99.99% availability, it's automatically replicates data across multiple Availability Zones and continuously back up data to Amazon Simple Storage Services.

Aurora is a new Relational database engine that gives customers the performance and availability of the enterprise-grade commercial database offerings at open source prices. It will be available under Amazon Relational Database Service. Amazon RDS will handle all database administrative tasks-provisioning, patching, backup, recovery, failure detection, and repair.

About Amazon Web Services

Launched by Amazon in 2006, Amazon Web Services offers a robust, fully featured technology infrastructure platform in the cloud comprised of a broad set of compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services. Amazon Web Services has more than a million customers, including fast-growing startups, Fortune 500's top companies and government agencies across 190 countries.


*Image Courtesy of: Venturebeat

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