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High Noon at AWS — Amazon RDS vs. Tungsten Clustering with MySQL on AWS EC2


Amazon Web Services (AWS) are gaining popularity, and for good reasons. The Amazon Relational Database Service (AWS RDS) is getting a lot of attention, also for very good reasons. It is quite a compelling idea to have on-demand data services that do not require hiring DBA staff. The expectation is set that everything works like magic and will satisfy all of your enterprise database availability needs.

If you want to build high-volume, business-critical applications, possibly with geographically-distributed audiences, you really want to think twice about using RDS. Continuent customers have a large number deployments in AWS running MySQL on AWS EC2 instances and they choose to rely upon Tungsten Clustering to provide high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR). We also support multi-site/multi-master operations and offer true zero-downtime MySQL operations.


  • How does RDS handle failover? (Hint: Not very quickly)
  • How does RDS handle read scaling? (Hint: Not very well)
  • Can you do zero-downtime maintenance with RDS? (Hint: No)
  • Is RDS cheaper? (Hint: No, not really)


Eric M. Stone
COO and VP of Product Management, Continuent

Eric is a veteran of fast-paced, large-scale enterprise environments with 35 years of Information Technology experience. With a focus on HA/DR, from building data centers and trading floors to world-wide deployments, Eric has architected, coded, deployed and administered systems for a wide variety of disparate customers, from Fortune 500 financial institutions to SMB’s.

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