Amazon Aurora now available with PostgreSQL compatibility

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The public cloud computing leader, Amazon Web Services (AWS), announced the general availability of Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility. Amazon Aurora is the database engine of AWS that merges the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. 

Commercial databases provide high performance but they’re expensive and complex to manage. Open source databases cost less but customers don’t achieve the performance of commercial databases. Customers using Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL will get several times better performance as compared to the typical PostgreSQL database. The new database offers scalability, durability, and security capabilities for ten times lesser price than the commercial grade databases.  

“When we made Amazon Aurora available in 2015, for the first time, customers had a cost-effective and high-performance alternative to commercial databases like Oracle and SQL Server—and this is a big part of why Amazon Aurora is the fastest-growing service in the history of AWS,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning, AWS. “While we’ve been amazed at the growth of Amazon Aurora’s MySQL-compatible edition, many of our enterprise customers anxious to move on from their old-world database providers have been waiting for Amazon Aurora’s PostgreSQL-compatible edition to launch into general availability. We’re excited to help these customers take another step toward database freedom.” 

Customers can now pay the charges hourly for each Amazon Aurora database instance they use. There is no need to make any upfront investment, and the storage capacity can be scaled automatically without any downtime or performance degradation.  

Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL can support up to 64 terabytes of storage. The workloads can be migrated from another database to Aurora using AWS Database Migration Service, which is free of charge for next 6 months. 

Also read: AWS makes a huge change to its cloud pricing 

The new service is compatible with PostgreSQL version 9.6.3, and is currently available in US East in North Virginia, US East in Ohio, US West in Oregon and EU region in Ireland, with more to follow.  

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