RDS for Aurora unveiled at AWS re:Invent

Originally posted on the MySQL Performance Blog.

One of the big announcements at the Amazon Web Services re:Invent 2014 conference this week was the unveiling of Aurora. The result of years of internal work, Aurora, currently in preview, is a MySQL 5.6-compatible option that “combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases” on the AWS infrastructure. The Aurora database engine will be made available through the Amazon RDS for Aurora service. This new database option is another example of the vibrant innovation coming from the MySQL ecosystem and key role that relational databases play in applications of today and tomorrow.

Integration with other AWS components

Since the Aurora relational database engine will only be made available as a service via RDS, Amazon Web Services can do some interesting new things including:

  • Fully leveraging available compute, memory and networking resources
  • Automatically growing the size of database volumes as storage needs grow
  • Tighter integration with AWS monitoring and restore capabilities
  • Moving from RDS for MySQL to RDS for Aurora will be enabled by a migration tool

Aurora performance

In the keynote, Amazon Web Services shared that Aurora delivers up to five times the performance of stock MySQL 5.6 without requiring any changes to most MySQL applications. Their FAQ reveals some insights into their testing methodology: “Amazon Aurora delivers over 500,000 SELECTs/sec and 100,000 updates/sec, five times higher than MySQL running the same benchmark on the same hardware.”

More RDS for Aurora details coming soon

We’re very excited about Amazon pushing the boundaries in relational databases for the enterprise and look forward to see what we, as a MySQL community, can learn from their new cloud-centric and cross-service approach.

Like many, Percona is looking forward to trying out Aurora. We’ll definitely do some benchmark testing to compare additional database options such as a tuned Percona Server 5.6. Additionally, we’ll share our expert advice and ideas for improvement that we uncover from our testing of RDS for Aurora back to the team at AWS so the service becomes better for all.

Percona at AWS re:Invent and events around the world

Originally posted on the MySQL Performance Blog.

November is a busy month of events for Percona. Conferences in Moscow, London, Paris, Las Vegas, Buenos Aires, and Montevideo mean our experts are racking up the frequent flyer miles meeting users of Percona software from around the world, sharing our insights on MySQL performance and operations, and learning how others are growing and scaling their applications.

Percona started the month in Moscow attending and speaking at Highload++. This event from October 31 to November 1 welcomed thousands of experts from the biggest and brightest companies in Europe and around the world with a keen interest in developing large scale web applications.

From Moscow we traveled to London to host the annual Percona Live London event from November 3-4. If you missed the keynotes, tutorials, sessions, and general MySQL camaraderie, we’re meeting again April 13-16, 2015, in Santa Clara, CA, at the Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo, the premier event for the rich and diverse MySQL ecosystem. Based on growing demand, we’ve expanded the conference with OpenStack Live, a unique event for learning key considerations for cloud strategies, how to improve overall performance, and operational best practices for managing OpenStack and maximizing the MySQL core. The Call for Papers for both Percona Live and OpenStack Live close soon so submit your speaker proposals today!

The next stop was Paris to attend, exhibit, and speak at the OpenStack Summit. This event, which ran from November 3-7, drew over 4,000 developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack cloud software seeking to learn about the technology and plan future development. Percona is pleased to play a part in the OpenStack community by participating in the Trove project for DBaaS as well as supporting those that need help with the MySQL core of the technology. In their keynote presentation, Time Warner Cable even featured Percona as a key partner helping them to radically change their business using OpenStack.

Percona at AWS re:Invent and events around the worldThis week we’re in Las Vegas for AWS re:Invent at The Venetian running from November 11-14. AWS re:Invent will welcome thousands of developers and operations experts interested in maximizing the power of cloud infrastructure. We want to meet organizations that are creating applications on the Amazon Web Services platform using MySQL and Percona open source software.

Visit us in the Venetian Expo Hall at booth 553 by the Developer Lounge and tell us about your application. We’ll be located next to Heroku and the team from Atlassian. Stop by and enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9!

After Las Vegas, Percona MySQL experts will be speaking at two more events, both in South America.

At the MySQL, NoSQL and Cloud 2014 Latin America Conference, Percona Support Engineer Marcos Albe, Percona Consultants Francisco Bordenave and Daniel Guzman, and Senior Remote DBA Max Bubenick will speak on topics ranging from MySQL performance, TokuDB, and best operational practices for database backup and data recovery. At TechMeetup v2014, Percona Consultant Fernando Ipar will lead workshops focused on Big Data Analytics and using the Go programming language. Percona is sponsoring both of these events so visit us at our booths.

We’re looking forward to meeting many users of Percona software as well as some of our customers. If you’re at these events, keep a look out for our team in the Percona shirts. Remember to visit us at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas this week at booth 553 and enter our drawing to win a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9!

Expect more posts soon about all of our presentations at these events so stay tuned.