How Good Is AWS Aurora?

AWS Aurora is a Amazon’s private MySQL fork. It claims 5x performance boost  over stock MySQL (though Percona disagrees, their benchmarks suggests 2x).

But what does it really cost, especially you can get MySQL from Linux distributions like RHEL?

I plot the r3 instance pricing curves based on the AWS pricing information. RHEL costs is about 6 cents more than Amazon Linux, yet Aurora cost almost doubles.

The price/performance then returns to 1, YMMV, ouch!

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