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About Amazon Aurora
Use Cases 
MySQL and PostgreSQL Compatibility
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Amazon Aurora?
What does Amazon Aurora do?
Is Amazon Aurora fully managed?
Is Aurora MySQL or PostgreSQL?
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

Amazon Aurora

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In today’s computing world Cloud Computing is a consistent and reliable strategy. It is presently widely popular in the industry and is further being adopted by other firms.

cloud database is a database which is built and accessed through the cloud platform. It serves almost all the functionality provided by the traditional databases with some added flexibility of cloud computing.

In this blog, we will be discussing one of the cloud databases named Amazon Aurora, mentioning different facts and features about it.

This blog will give you insight into the Amazon Aurora database, making you stand out from the crowd. You will be able to understand its benefits in greater detail.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

About Amazon Aurora

Amazon Aurora is one of the various databases provided by Amazon. It is a fully managed relational database service in the part of the Amazon RDS(Relational Database Service) family. 

If you want to learn more about relational databases, you can refer to these blogs on RDBMS ConceptRelational and Non-Relational Database.

Amazon Aurora offered the MySQL compatible service in its initial release in 2014. It added PostgreSQL compatible service in 2017

You might have questions about why should you use the Amazon Aurora over others? 

The simple answer is that it is a relational database engine that provides the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of an open-source database combined with the power, performance and reliability of high-end commercial databases. 

Compared with other databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL, Aurora provides performance five times better than traditional MySQL and three times better than  PostgreSQL.

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Till now, we have discussed the Amazon Aurora. Let’s now discuss its various features.

  • Scalability: The scalability is probably one of the most amazing features of Amazon Aurora. You can easily scale your database from small to large and vice versa according to your need, or Aurora itself automatically changes the size. Amazon Aurora can automatically grow storage as needed. It can go up to 128TB per database instance.
  • Availability: Amazon Aurora provides availability greater than 99.99% by replicating six copies of your data across 3 Availability Zones and backing up your data continuously to Amazon S3. 
  • Security: Aurora provides high security for your database. It allows network isolation using Amazon VPC. It also allows you to encrypt your database using keys you create and control through AWS Key Management Service(KMS). It uses SSL to secure data in transit. Data in the underlying storage is encrypted on a database instance running on Amazon Aurora encryption.
  • Fully Managed: Amazon Aurora is a fully managed relational database system provided by the Amazon RDS. You no need to worry about database management tasks such as hardware provisioning, software patching, configuration etc. Aurora continuously monitors and backs up your data. 
  • Migration support: As we already said, Aurora has both MySQL and PostgreSQL compatibility, making Aurora a compelling target for the database migration to the cloud.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Simply saying, here you pay only for the instances that you launch. There is no upfront commitment with Amazon Aurora. When you finish with amazon aurora DB instances, you can simply delete them.
  • Compatibility with MySQL and PostgreSQL: Amazon Aurora is fully compatible with the MySQL and PostgreSQL open source databases and regularly adds compatibility for the new releases. Using standard import and export tools, you can easily migrate from MySQL and PostgreSQL to Amazon Aurora.

Use Cases 

  • Enterprise Application: Amazon Aurora is an excellent option for any enterprise application using a relational database. Amazon Aurora, a fully managed service, enables you to save time by automating different time-consuming tasks such as patching, provisioning, backup, recovery etc.
  • Software as a Service(SaaS) Options: SaaS applications often use multi-tenant architectures that require a great deal of flexibility, storage scaling, high performance, and reliability. Amazon Aurora provides all of these features that help SaaS companies focus on building high-quality applications without worrying about the underlying database.
  • Web and Mobile gaming: The web and mobile games are generally built to operate at a vast scale that needs a database with high throughput, massive storage scalability, and high availability. Amazon Aurora fulfils all the needs with enough room for future growth.

MySQL and PostgreSQL Compatibility

As previously discussed, Amazon aurora is MySQL and PostgreSQL compatible relational database. It regularly adds compatibility for the new releases. The code, drivers, applications, tools and features that these two databases provide are already available in Aurora with little or no change. 

Amazon Aurora MySQL is compatible with MySQL 5.6MySQL 5.7 and now MySQL 8 also. Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL is compatible with PostgreSQL 9.6 and Postgre 10.

You can easily migrate from MySQL and PostgreSQL to Amazon Aurora just by using some standard import and export tools.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Amazon Aurora?

Amazon Aurora is one of the various databases provided by Amazon. It is a fully managed relational database service in the part of the Amazon RDS(Relational Database Service) family. 

What does Amazon Aurora do?

Amazon Aurora is a  relational database management system built for the cloud with MySQL and PostgreSQL compatibility. It gives you higher scalability, availability and cost-effectiveness.

Is Amazon Aurora fully managed?

Amazon Aurora is fully managed by the Amazon RDS(Relational Database Service). You no need to worry about database management tasks such as hardware provisioning, software patching, configuration etc. Aurora continuously monitors and backs up your data. 

Is Aurora MySQL or PostgreSQL?

Amazon Aurora is a fully managed database provided by the Amazon RDS(Relational Database Service), compatible with MySQL and PostgreSQL.


In this article, we have extensively discussed the Amazon Aurora.

We started with the basic introduction. Then we discussed various features of Aurora. We then showed different use cases of the Aurora, and finally, we showed the compatibility with the MySQL and PostgreSQL.

We hope that this blog has helped you enhance your knowledge regarding Amazon Aurora and if you would like to learn more, check out our articles on AWS Data Science CertificationAWS Interview Questions and Data Exchange in AWS. Do upvote our blog to help other ninjas grow.

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