August 10, 2018

AWS announces general availability of Amazon Aurora Serverless

The launch aims to automate, scale and optimize database management for cloud-based applications to mitigate capacity planning woes for customers.

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Cloud giant AWS have announced that their Aurora Serverless will be available to enterprises that are looking to automate, scale and optimize database management for their cloud applications. With this launch, AWS aims to ease capacity planning for enterprises having cyclical database usage patterns by matching capacity to actual demand.

AWS say that industries like retail, FMCG and IT use applications that need intermittent access to the cloud database, considering the cyclicity of sales throughout the year. They say that this cyclic pattern of usage strains developers while planning the capacity of database applications.

By launching Aurora Serverless, AWS believe that they will be taking this pressure off developers, by allowing them to plan as per actual demand. They also added that this new deployment will allow enterprises to save costs since they will be charged per second of usage instead of being charged for the whole month/year.

Speaking about the launch, Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning, at Amazon Web Services, commented:

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.

With the 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.

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