Amazon has added new capabilities to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing portfolio, including a new high performance MySQL engine for its database service, and enhanced encryption and configuration management support for enterprise users.
Announced at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, the updates deliver a number of enhancements to Amazon's cloud computing platform.
Amazon Aurora, currently available as a technical preview, is a MySQL-compatible engine for the Amazon Relational Database Service intended to offer the performance of a high-end commercial database but at a significantly lower price.
According to Amazon, Aurora can deliver five times the performance of a typical MySQL database, with availability to match that of the best high-end databases, but is offered as a scalable, on-demand service at a fraction of the cost of commercial database platforms.
"What we've consistently heard from our customers is that they wished they had an easier way to get the performance of commercial databases at the price of open source engines," said Amazon's vice president for database services, Raju Gulabani.
"This is why we built Amazon Aurora. We've spent the last three years working on a MySQL-compatible database that innovates on the engine and storage layers to deliver five times the performance of MySQL at one-tenth the price of commercial database solutions."
Amazon said it has managed to deliver the required performance by tightly integrating the Aurora database engine with an SSD-based virtualised storage layer purpose built for database workloads.
The service automatically replicates data across multiple Availability Zones and continuously backs up data to Amazon's S3 storage service in order to provide 99.99 percent availability and automatically detect and recover from most database failures in under 60 seconds, without the need to rebuild database caches.
As with other Amazon services, customers can access Amazon Aurora by paying a simple monthly charge for each database instance they operate.
Current prices start at $0.29 per hour for the smallest instance, with storage billed at $0.10 per gigabyte per month and transactions billed at $0.20 per million requests.
Amazon also detailed other new capabilities, including the AWS Key Management Service which provides a single place for administrators to create, disable and view keys, allowing them to define usage policies and set up automatic enforced key rotation.
Meanwhile, AWS Config now provides customers with full visibility across all their AWS resources, so they can understand and evaluate the impact of changes to their environment.
This service continuously records changes to the configuration attributes of a customer's AWS resources, such as security group settings, or the value tags on Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon said.
This is already being taken advantage of by Red Hat, which said it had worked with Amazon to add support for AWS Config to the ManageIQ open source project.
This underpins Red Hat's CloudForms tool for management of hybrid cloud infrastructure, enabling Red Hat customers using CloudForms to get near real-time notifications of changes to any of the resources in their AWS account as well as their on-premise resources.
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