AWS Announces PostgreSQL For Its Aurora Database


AWS here with another win! The company has announced the general availability of PostgreSQL for Amazon Aurora, which is the fastest growing service in history for the cloud giant.

Amazon announced this compatibility, and in the process landed another blow against its rivals in the competition for cloud database supremacy. This addition had been expected for quite some time, with the company confirming development for a while.

It was in November of last year that that AWS first said that it planned to do so, and then the company followed that announcement up by launching an open preview in April.

Basically, what this launch means is that customers who are using the PostgreSQL databases can now choose to run them on Aurora, the rational database that is optimized for the Amazon cloud. This, AWS claims, offers several advantages, at about a tenth of the cost other databases.

Advantages like a magnitude of times better performance, with scalability, durability, availability, and security as good as or better than other commercial databases.

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Jeff Bar of Amazon shared the good news, revealing that the service supports up to 64 terabytes of storage:

“Just like Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility, this edition is fully managed and is very easy to set up and to use. On the performance side, you can expect up to 3x the throughput that you’d get if you ran PostgreSQL on your own.”

In order to help encourage customers to try it out, AWS will allow them the ability to migrate their workloads to Aurora from another database via the AWS Database Migration Service free of charge for the next six months.

As for pricing, Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility is charged at an hourly rate, with no upfront costs or commitments required. It is available in four AWS regions, US East in North Virginia, US East in Ohio, US West in Oregon, and the EU region in Ireland.

With more to follow.

The service is compatible with PostgreSQL version 9.6.3 and later.