There’s always a certain level of stress where database management is concerned, but moving those databases to the cloud takes things to a whole new level. There’s a lot to consider — Which cloud? What workload(s) will you be moving? What’s your strategy for maintaining the same (or better) security in this new environment? How will you backup your system? — and each of these questions will lead to dozens others.
Right at the heart of most organizations’ concerns is how can they ensure an efficient and successful migration of their data (and databases) to the cloud; and that they’ll have the most secure, scalable, manageable solution for their key databases going forward.
Amazon’s Database Service (Amazon RDS) offering provides a comprehensive managed relational database service that includes six of the most common database engines to choose from - Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, Amazon Aurora, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL. The tools you already use today with your existing databases, along with the applications and code, can be used with Amazon RDS.
Amazon’s RDS also provides Enhanced Monitoring with access to over 50 performance metrics, Performance Insights to quickly assess the load on your databases, and a full array of tools for security and governance. Combined with the comprehensive set of tools and services, along with the fact that Amazon RDS runs on the same highly reliable EC2 infrastructure used by other Amazon Web Services, you can expect to take advantage of the following:
Backup and Recovery
Amazon RDS provides two different types of database backup processes (automated backup and point-in-time snapshots) for MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Amazon Aurora, etc. You are able to easily control the access and security for your backups in the AWS Management Console, picking whichever backup process best suits you and your business. Amazon RDS will backup your database and transaction logs for a user-specified retention period.
Did you know that Amazon RDS makes it possible to scale your database’s compute and storage resources with just a few clicks? Yes, that’s right! Alternatively, an API call is a couple mouse clicks away. It also allows you to launch various read replicas to lighten up read traffic from your primary database.
Amazon RDS supports the most popular database applications. Whether it’s MySQL, Oracle, or SQL Server, you can choose between 2 SSD-backed storage options that are optimized for high-performing applications and cost-effective general use.
Just like everything else on AWS, Amazon RDS relies on a highly reliable infrastructure. That reliability is then passed on to your databases running on this same architecture. Take a look at SQL Server, for example. SQL Server is among one of the most popular relational databases as it is known for its structure and reliability. With the Amazon RDS Multi-AZ feature, your SQL Server database will have enhanced durability making it a better fit for various production workloads. Amazon RDS also offers a “standby” replica of every database which makes it nearly impossible for data loss.
Hard to believe that the word cloud and simple can be used in the same sentence, right? Well, as a web service “in the cloud”, Amazon RDS allows an easy set-up and simple operations process. Whether you are performing a backup, importing data, or transferring a copy of data, AWS RDS allows you to do it all with little to no downtime.
Amazon Relational Database Services automates much of the maintenance as it focuses on your applications to provide the fast performance, high availability, security, and compatibility you need. Learn more about Amazon Web Services and Relational Database Services here.
As your cloud application experts, we understand that taking the first step can be the most challenging part. Let us help you create a custom roadmap to migrate your applications to cloud and maximize your investment. Learn more about your database cloud options here: