One of the main advantages of using Amazon Web Services instead of hosting a physical IT infrastructure is the ability to quickly and easily scale various services up or down as needed. While this cost-saving feature has long been available for Amazon’s relational databases engine, Amazon Aurora, a real-time, completely automated scaling process will soon be an option thanks to AWS’s new product, Amazon Aurora Serverless.
In the following article, we’ll explain what is known about Amazon Aurora Serverless, and break down the benefits of utilizing the highly-anticipated service once it becomes available to the general public. We’ll also take a look at how CloudRanger can further simplify your AWS experience by automating other mundane yet important tasks.
What Is Amazon Aurora?
In previous posts, we’ve explained Amazon Aurora and its benefits in detail. But for those of you unfamiliar with the product, here’s a quick recap.
Amazon Aurora is a simple and cost-effective relational database engine that is tailor-made for cloud-computing. In many respects, it is similar to traditional engines such as MySQL and PostgreSQL, and is compatible with both programs (along with other popular systems such as Oracle, MariaDB, etc.). However, because it was designed with the cloud in mind, Aurora is said to deliver a vastly higher throughput
What Is Amazon Aurora Serverless, And What Are Its Benefits?
As mentioned above, Amazon Aurora already boasts a high degree of scalability. However, it still requires users to manually manage the process. But with Amazon Aurora Serverless, on-demand auto-scaling is taken to a whole new level by eliminating the need for hands-on management and allowing database users to pay only for the resources they use on a second-by-second basis. At re:Invent 2017, during his keynote speech, Andy Jassey announced (see video below) the preview of Amazon Aurora Serverless, where Aurora will automatically adjust database capacity to match your application needs.
Andy Jassey Keynote Speech, AWS re:Invent 2017. Source: Amazon Web Services
Amazon Aurora Serverless is able to achieve such a dramatic level of flexibility by completely separating processing from storage. According to AWS “Chief Evangelist” Jeff Barr, users will no longer need to choose a database instance size, but will instead start by “create an endpoint” and then setting “the desired minimum and maximum capacity” if they so choose. After that, Amazon Aurora Serverless takes care of the rest with rapid behind-the-scenes scaling that can bring “new resources… online within 5 seconds.”
Amazon Aurora Serverless also has the ability to entirely halt processing when it is not needed. As Barr points out, this will surely save many users a substantial amount of money, especially those with workloads that are “intermittent and/or unpredictable, with bursts of requests that might span just a few minutes or hours per day or per week.” According to Barr, the new service will also measure usage based on “Aurora Capacity Units,” which are “a combination of compute power and memory… metered in 1-second increments, with a 1-minute minimum for each newly added resource.”
While Amazon Aurora Serverless offers users the chance to automate various aspects related to relational database management, CloudRanger provides an easy-to-use solution for automating the AWS backup and recovery process. CloudRanger also allows users to automate management of RDS, EC2 and Redshift resources with snapshots and AMIs.
With an easy to use interface, managing your routine AWS tasks is simple and effective. CloudRanger saves your team time and hassle, making the day-to-day management of your AWS resources easier and more automated. CloudRanger can also help you save on your EC2 costs by starting/stopping non-production instances automatically when you need them.
Try CloudRanger for Free
Whether you are a small business, a medium business, or an enterprise user of Amazon Web Services, CloudRanger has the backup and disaster recovery features that will meet your specific needs. Our easy-to-use AWS cloud management system is simple to install, which means your business can be up and running with CloudRanger in no time. And best of all, you can even try CloudRanger for free for 14 days. So why not experience all the cost-saving features and time-saving benefits CloudRanger has to offer?