AWS Announces Availability of Its “Built-for-the-Cloud” Database Amazon Aurora Serverless

AWS CloudAmazon Aurora Serverless, a new deployment option for Amazon Aurora that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down database capacity with per-second billing for applications with less predictable usage patterns, is now generally available. Amazon Aurora Serverless would offer database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any servers.

Many AWS customers would have applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns. For example, retail applications often experience seasonal traffic spikes. Development and test workloads require database access only at certain times of the day or week. In addition, all new applications face unknown usage demands. This would create a capacity planning dilemma for customers who must either over-provision database capacity upfront to pay for resources they will not use or under-provision resources and risk performance problems and a poor user experience.

Aurora Serverless would bring “the power of” the MySQL-compatible database built for the cloud to applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns without the need to manage database servers. With Amazon Aurora Serverless, database users no longer have to provision or manage database capacity. The database would automatically and quickly start, scale, shut down, and start up again “in seconds” based on the needs of the workload. Customers can create an endpoint through the AWS Management Console, and Amazon Aurora Serverless would handle the rest. Customers pay by the second for database capacity only when the database is in use.

Additional Regions Added Soon

“More and more customers are moving production applications and databases from Oracle and SQL Server to Amazon Aurora because it’s a highly available, highly durable, built-for-the-cloud database at one-tenth the cost of the older guard database offerings,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning, at Amazon Web Services (AWS). “With the general availability of Aurora Serverless, we now make it more cost effective for our customers to run intermittent or cyclical workloads that have less predictable usage patterns such as development and test workloads or applications that experience seasonal spikes, making Aurora even more attractive for every imaginable workload.”

Amazon Aurora Serverless (MySQL-compatible edition) is available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and will expand to additional regions worldwide in the coming year.

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