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Amazon Aurora 的 Serverless 與 Multi-master

Amazon Aurora 推出了兩包玩意,第一包是 Serverless,讓需要人介入的情況更少:「In The Works – Amazon Aurora Serverless」。

在 Serverless 的第一個重點是支援以秒計費:

Today we are launching a preview (sign up now) of Amazon Aurora Serverless. Designed for workloads that are highly variable and subject to rapid change, this new configuration allows you to pay for the database resources you use, on a second-by-second basis.

然後是極為快速的 auto-scaling:

The endpoint is a simple proxy that routes your queries to a rapidly scaled fleet of database resources. This allows your connections to remain intact even as scaling operations take place behind the scenes. Scaling is rapid, with new resources coming online within 5 seconds

這兩個組合起來,讓使用端可以除了在 Amazon EC2 上可以快速 scale 外,後端的資料庫也能 scale 了...

第二個是 Multi-master 架構:「Sign Up for the Preview of Amazon Aurora Multi-Master」。

Amazon Aurora Multi-Master allows you to create multiple read/write master instances across multiple Availability Zones. This enables applications to read and write data to multiple database instances in a cluster, just as you can read across Read Replicas today.

(話說我一直都誤以為 Aurora 是 R/W master...)

Anyway,這個功能不知道怎麼疊上去的... 不笑得會不會有嚴重的 distributed lock issue,反而推薦大家平常都寫到同一台 (像是 PXC 就會這樣)。

Amazon RDS 支援更大的硬碟空間與更多的 IOPS

Amazon RDS 的升級:「Amazon RDS Now Supports Database Storage Size up to 16TB and Faster Scaling for MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, and PostgreSQL Engines」。

空間上限從 6TB 變成 16TB,而且可以無痛升。另外 IOPS 上限從 30K 變成 40K:

Starting today, you can create Amazon RDS database instances for MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, and PostgreSQL database engines with up to 16TB of storage. Existing database instances can also be scaled up to 16TB storage without any downtime.

The new storage limit is an increase from 6TB and is supported for Provisioned IOPS and General Purpose SSD storage types. You can also provision up to 40,000 IOPS for Provisioned IOPS storage volumes, an increase from 30,000 IOPS.

不過隔壁的 Amazon Aurora 還是大很多啊 (64TB),而且實際上不用管劃多大,他會自己長大:

Q: What are the minimum and maximum storage limits of an Amazon Aurora database?

The minimum storage is 10GB. Based on your database usage, your Amazon Aurora storage will automatically grow, up to 64 TB, in 10GB increments with no impact to database performance. There is no need to provision storage in advance.

Amazon Aurora (PostgreSQL 版本) 開放到其他區域了

上個月月底才宣佈 Amazon Aurora 推出 PostgreSQL 版本 (參考「Amazon Aurora 也支援 PostgreSQL 了」),不過當時只有少數的四個區域開放 (us-east-1us-east-2us-west-2eu-west-1),還不到一個月的時間就擴張了:「Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility Region Expansion」。

不過還是沒有東京與新加坡這兩個台灣比較常用的區域... 看起來都是比較新的 region,但首爾應該也是新的區域啊,不知道怎麼選擇的:

The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is now available in four additional AWS regions: Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai). This increases the number of available regions to eight, as the service launched on October 24, 2017 in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland).

RDS (MySQL/MariaDB) 支援 t2、r4 以及 m4 的新機種

這個大家等好久了,尤其 MySQL 常遇到需要用記憶體換效能的情境:「Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB Supports R4, T2 and M4 Instance Types」。

先前 t2 最大只能開到 t2.large (8GB RAM),對於需要大量記憶體運算的 SQL query,就有機會被 MySQL 使用 filesort 寫到硬碟裡面暫存了。這次支援這些 instance type,開發環境至少有選擇可以開到 t2.2xlarge (32GB RAM) 跟他拼。

r4 應該是正式環境期待已久的 instance type 了。r3 最大是 r3.8xlarge (244GB),跟 r4 最大的 r4.16xlarge (488GB) 剛好差了一倍。

m4 就比較微妙了,順便補上去的感覺... 不過應該還是會有應用會剛好用到。

不過還是期待前陣子出來的 c5,對於寫出很驚人的 SQL query,在 MySQL 內跑大量運算的應用會有幫助,就繼續等吧... :o

用 Percona Toolkit 備份的 MySQL 可以直接還原到 Amazon RDS 上

AWS 宣佈 Amazon RDS for MySQL 支援從 Percona Toolkit 備份出來的檔案還原了:「Easily restore an Amazon RDS MySQL database from your MySQL backup」。

Starting today you can easily restore a new Amazon RDS for MySQL database instance from a backup of your existing MySQL database, including MySQL databases running on Amazon EC2 or outside of AWS. This is done by creating a backup using the Percona XtraBackup tool and uploading the resulting files to an Amazon S3 bucket. You then create a new Amazon RDS DB Instance from the backup files in Amazon S3, directly through the RDS Console or AWS Command Line Interface.

備份出來後放到 Amazon S3 上,然後就可以讓 RDS 拉進去了...

This feature is available in all AWS Commercial regions for databases using MySQL version 5.6.

目前在 commercial region 都可以用了,所以代表 GovCloud (US) 還沒 (不過一般情況也沒權限碰到)。

不過他只說 5.6,代表 5.7 還不支援嗎?反正最差的情況就是再升一次 5.6 到 5.7?

Amazon Aurora (MySQL) 推出的 Asynchronous Key Prefetch

Amazon Aurora (MySQL) 推出新的效能改善,可以改善 JOIN 時的效能:「Amazon Aurora (MySQL) Speeds Join Queries by More than 10x with Asynchronous Key Prefetch」。

看起來像是某個情況的 optimization,將可能的 random access 換成 sequential access 而得到大量的效能:

This feature applies to queries that require use of the Batched Key Access (BKA) join algorithm and Multi-Range Read (MRR) optimization, and improves performance when the underlying data set is not in the main memory buffer pool or query cache.

其實記憶體還是最好用的加速器,能加大硬拼就先硬拼... XD

Amazon Aurora 也支援 PostgreSQL 了

AWS 宣佈 Amazon Aurora 也支援 PostgreSQL 了,相容於 9.6.3 的版本 (應該就是改自這個版本):「Now Available – Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility」。


On the performance side, you can expect up to 3x the throughput that you’d get if you ran PostgreSQL on your own (you can read Amazon Aurora: Design Considerations for High Throughput Cloud-Native Relational Databases to learn more about how we did this).

架構上也是採用 6-way replication 的方式:

It is compatible with PostgreSQL 9.6.3 and scales automatically to support up to 64 TB of storage, with 6-way replication behind the scenes to improve performance and availability.


You can use Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL Compatibility today in the US East (Northern Virginia), EU (Ireland), US West (Oregon), and US East (Ohio) Regions, with others to follow as soon as possible.

Amazon RDS 的 RI 也支援彈性計價了

AWS 宣佈 RDS 的 RI 也支援彈性計價了:「Amazon RDS Reserved Instances Offer Instance Size Flexibility」。

也就是說跟 EC2 的 RI 方式切齊,買 db.m4.2xlarge 的 RI 後,可以用在兩台 db.m4.xlarge 上:

For example, let’s say you purchased a db.m4.2xlarge MySQL RI in US East (N. Virginia). The discounted rate of this RI can automatically apply to 2 db.m4.xlarge MySQL instances without you needing to do anything.

包括了相當多種類的 RDS,主要是沒有 license fee 的類型都包括在內了:

Amazon RDS Reserved Instance size flexibility is offered in all regions for the MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, and Amazon Aurora database engines, as well as the “bring your own license” (BYOL) edition of the Oracle database engine. To learn more about flexible RIs, please visit the Amazon RDS Reserved Instances Page.

但不包括要另外收 license fee 的 SQL Server 與 Oracle LI edition:

Size flexibility does not apply to Microsoft SQL Server and the License Included (LI) edition of Oracle.

Heimdall Data:自動 Cache RDBMS 資料增加效能

看到 AWS 的「Automating SQL Caching for Amazon ElastiCache and Amazon RDS」這篇裡面介紹了 Heimdall Data – SQL caching and performance optimization 這個產品。

從官網的介紹也可以看出來是另外疊一層 proxy,但自動幫你處理 cache invalidation 的問題:

But what makes Heimdall Data unique in industry is its auto-cache AND auto-invalidation capability. Our machine learning algorithms determine what queries to cache while invalidating to ensure maximum performance and data integrity.

看起來支援了四個蠻常見的 RDBMS:

Heimdall Data supports most all relational database (e.g. MySQL, Postgres, Amazon RDS, Oracle, SQL Server, MariaDB).

看起來是一個花錢直接買效能的方案... 不過 cache invalidation 的部分不知道要怎麼跨機器做,在 FAQ 沒看到 cluster 情況下會怎麼解決。

Amazon Aurora 支援快速複製

Amazon Aurora 宣佈支援快速複製:「Amazon Aurora Fast Database Cloning」。

對於 2TB 的資料大約五分鐘就完成了:

This means my 2TB snapshot restore job that used to take an hour is now ready in about 5 minutes – and most of that time is spent provisioning a new RDS instance.

主要是得力於後端 storage 的部份可以實做 copy-on-write 架構:

By taking advantage of Aurora’s underlying distributed storage engine you’re able to quickly and cheaply create a copy-on-write clone of your database.

可以快速複製就可以很快的驗證一些事情,像是可以直接測試 ALTER TABLE 需要的時間,或是事前演練...