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Learn why Tungsten Clustering is a better (complete, proven) and more cost-effective (software, 24/7 support and consulting all included) MySQL High Availability (HA), Disaster Recovery (DR) and Geographically-Distributed (Geo-Scale) solution compared to Amazon AWS Aurora for MySQL.

For any MySQL clustering to be a complete high-availability and disaster recovery solution, it requires three core components working in sync: connectivity (proxy), management (orchestration) and replication (local/global).

Tungsten Clustering includes three highly integrated and fully tested components Tungsten Proxy, Tungsten Manager and Tungsten Replicator working together to provide both local (individual clusters) and global (multiple clusters working together) data service for continuous 24/7 MySQL operations.

Connectivity

Complete and Integrated
(Tungsten Proxy)

Orchestration

Integrated Business Rules
(Tungsten Manager)

Replication

Advanced Local and Global
(Tungsten Replicator)

Amazon Aurora for MySQL is an attractive, yet somewhat expensive, ‘managed’ SaaS solution for DevOps and local MySQL HA needs. Adding disaster recovery will make it much more expensive without performance gain on the secondary site. Aurora does not offer a truly global multi-site solution.

Connectivity

Direct
(benefits from 3rd-party proxy or load balancer)

Orchestration

Limited

Replication

Distributed file system for cluster, asynchronous for AWS cross region

  Tungsten Cluster Amazon Aurora
Connectivity Complete and Integrated
(Tungsten Proxy)
Direct
(benefits from 3rd-party proxy or load balancer)
Orchestration Integrated Business Rules
(Tungsten Manager)
Limited
Replication Advanced Local and Global
(Tungsten Replicator)
Distributed file system for cluster, asynchronous for AWS cross region

Amazon AWS Aurora for MySQL Comparison

Use Cases Supported

 
Tungsten Cluster
Amazon Aurora
Supported
Supported
Supported
With Aurora Global Database
Supported
Not Supported
Supported
With Aurora Global Database
MySQL Multi-Primary
Supported
Not Supported
Supported
Not Supported
Supported
Not Supported
Supported
Not Supported

Features & Benefits

 
Tungsten Cluster
Amazon Aurora
Continuous Operations
4.67
3.00
Zero Downtime Maintenance
Both database, operating system and hardware changes & upgrades
Requires maintenance window and downtime
High Availability
Automatic failover of primary
30 seconds downtime with DNS change
DR with Active/Passive Cluster
Automated site level switch with one failover command
Only with Aurora Global Database. Takes “a few minutes.”
DR with Active/Active Cluster
Only requires repointing the apps
Cross-region active/active not supported
DR Failback
Single command, fast
Cross-region failback requires reprovision
Backup & Data Recovery
Flexible backups using existing external tools
Managed, proprietary

Support Services

 
Tungsten Cluster
Amazon Aurora
24/7 Support
5.00
2.00
24/7 Support
24/7 support with high, near 100% customer satisfaction
Basic support > 12 hours, business-critical Enterprise support extremely expensive
Fast Support Reponse Time
The fastest in the industry, averaging less than 3 minutes for Urgent support request.
Unless paying very high Enterprise support fee
Support Team Experience
Each member has 20+ years experience on DBA and Site Reliability
Unknown who will be providing support, often lower-level call center member with limited or no DBA experience

Intangibles

 
Tungsten Cluster
Amazon Aurora
MySQL Version Support
5.00
2.00
MySQL Community
Fully supported, all versions up to 8.0
'MySQL Compatible', 5.6 and 5.7 features only
MySQL Enterprise
Fully supported, all versions up to 8.0
Not supported
MariaDB
Fully supported, all versions up to 10.5
Not supported
Percona Server
Fully supported
'MySQL Compatible', 5.6 and 5.7 features only

Tungsten Clustering

Tungsten Clustering comes at an equal or often lower total cost of ownership (TCO) versus alternative solutions and provides access to the best MySQL database engineers at a moments notice via 24/7 human-only enterprise support.

The Tungsten Clustering family of products is the only complete, fully-integrated, fully-tested MySQL HA, DR and geo-clustering solution running on-premises and in the cloud combined with industry-best and fastest, 24/7 support for business-critical MySQL, MariaDB, & Percona Server applications.

Continuous Operations
High Availability
Disaster Recovery
Global Scaling

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MySQL HA/DR/Geo-Scale - High Noon #1: AWS Aurora

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