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What is Amazon Aurora?


Amazon Aurora is a relational database service provided by Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service).


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What is Amazon Aurora?

Amazon Aurora is an affordable cloud based relational database compatible with MySQL and PostgreSQL.

As a part of Amazon RDS, management of an Aurora database is automated. Data is automatically backed up to Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service). Multiple instances of the data is maintained for availability and failovers.


AWS RDS and Relational Databases

  • Amazon RDS stores data as tables, records, and fields
  • Values from one table, can have a relationship to values in other tables. Relationships are a key part of relational databases.
  • Relational databases are often used for storing transactional and analytical data
  • Relational databases provide stability and reliability for transactional databases

Amazon Aurora Pricing

Amazon Aurora is pay as you go. It is comprised of 3 parts:

  1. Hosting. You can choose from 3 different types of hosting depending on your needs
  2. Storage and Operations. Storage is billed per gigabyte per month, and I/O is billed per million-request
  3. Data transferred