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AWS gives managed database Aurora update for cost savings

AWS gives managed database Aurora update for cost savings

AWS is giving its managed database environment Aurora an update that helps customers save more on their cloud costs, especially when migrating workloads of data-intensive applications.

The newly introduced version of Amazon Aurora I/O-Optimized helps users of the managed relational database environment reduce their cloud costs for data-intensive applications – specifically for the I/O operations required.

New pricing

The cost savings are achieved through a new pricing model. In the standard version of Aurora, costs are based on the number and type of instances and storage used. Users also pay for each I/O operation.

With the new version, charges for the number of instances and storage consumption used remain, but users are no longer charged for I/O operations. The latter means that I/O-intensive applications can run more cheaply. According to the tech giant, this allows for a cost reduction of up to 40%. It also makes it easier for customers to predict their cloud expenses.

Another way to save costs is to run Amazon Aurora I/O-Optimized on Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances. These instances are cheaper than standard VMs. However, companies are required to purchase these specific instances for a longer term.

Also for existing deployments

Amazon Aurora I/O-Optimized is available for new deployments of relational database clusters and existing clusters. Customers can transfer an existing deployment to the Amazon Aurora I/O-Optimized version of the managed relational database environment every 30 days. This does not require the database instances to reboot, preventing downtime.

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