In our previous blog post, we discussed ‘Which relational database engines does RDS support?’. We talked about the whole idea of Amazon RDS, is to allow you to move your relational databases to the cloud. In the second part of our blog discussing Amazon RDS, we are going to look at 6 amazing reasons to use Amazon RDS with your database engine.
The Benefits Of Using RDS with Your Database Engine.
The DB instance is the environment in which RDS runs the instance. Creating a DB instance and connecting to a database on that instance is always going to have slight differences for each of the database engines, but there are many benefits it provides for all 6 database engines.
1. Easy Set Up
It doesn’t take long to go from setting up RDS to actually using it. There are a few ways to access the relational database and it only takes minutes. You can use the AWS management console, the RDS command line interface or you can use API calls. The infrastructure will have no need to be provisioned, and also there will be no need for installing and maintaining database software.
It takes no effort whatsoever, if you decide you want to scale up your databases compute and storage resources. Rather than worry about the physical capacities of your resources it only takes the click of a button to scale up your resources and a most of the time this doesn’t even involve any downtime.
The infrastructure used by Amazon RDS is the same as their other highly reliable Amazon Web Services. Automated backups are turned on by default to achieve point-in-time recovery and also RDS is backed up with database snapshots that are kept in Amazon S3. RDS can also be set up in a Multi-Availability Zone (AZ) DB Instance. When this is done, RDS automatically creates a primary DB Instance and this data is then replicated to a different availability zone, providing excellent availability. All these features count towards making RDS highly available.
The server sizing choices currently available are up to 32 vCPUs and 244 GiB, which is pretty damn fast.
Controlling network access to your database is quite easy with RDS. Amazon Virtual Private Cloud is used to run databases instances, this means your network can be accessed through an encrypted VPN, and also this allows you to isolate your database instances. For more information, check out this great post from our friends at Cloudwards on the ultimate guide to finding the best VPN.
With RDS you only pay for what you use, and the rates charged are considered to be quite low. Along with this, the On-Demand pricing is very beneficial, and there is no up-front costs or long-term commitments. For more information on pricing check here.
Get Started With Amazon RDS
So what are you waiting for? Get started with Amazon RDS for your Databases engine. It doesn’t matter if you are using. Amazon Aurora, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. The charm behind RDS is that it is fully compatible with these engines.
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