Amazon’s Aurora Database Enters Prime Time Amazon Aurora is Amazon Web Services’ attempt to streamline the traditional relational model of database management. It has now left the preview stage. The company announced Monday that the Aurora database engine, which was first unveiled last year at AWS reInvent, is now available for production environments. It is currently available in three AWS regions: U.S. East, North Virginia, and Oregon. However, AWS plans to expand its availability to other regions “in the next months.” You can find detailed pricing information for Aurora here. Database instances come in five sizes. Users pay per hour for any number of database instances they need, as well as up 15 replicas. The “db.r3.large” instance costs $0.29 an hour in the U.S., while the “db.r3.8xlarge” instance costs $4.64 an hour. Users are also responsible for the storage of their Aurora database. This is $0.10 per GB per monthly in the U.S. regions and $0.20 per million I/O requests. AWS describes Aurora as a MySQL-compatible, relational engine that combines speed and availability with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness open-source databases. The product promises 5x speed improvements over MySQL, and a tenth the cost of traditional databases. In a blog post Monday, Jeff Barr, AWS evangelist, described some of Aurora’s features. These include:

  • Zero-downtime MySQL migrations via Amazon RDS
  • Amazon CloudWatch allows you to view and take action on data.
  • Replicas can be created in as little as 10 to 20 minutes

You can find more information about Aurora on this product page.