AWS 101: A Look at AWS Database Services

Posted by Gerald Van Guilder, Senior Cloud Architect

Sep 03, 2020


Moving to a cloud computing environment wouldn’t be complete without including databases in the mix. If you’re moving your applications to a cloud infrastructure, why not also migrate the databases supporting your critical workloads?

Yes, enterprise-level database migrations do seem daunting, but there’s no reason to fear the process. Today you have the choice of so many purpose-built, managed database solutions that it truly simplifies not just the actual migration but also how you operate post-migration.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers its own managed database solutions that combine the low-cost and flexibility of open-source databases with the powerful features of commercial databases. In this latest edition of AWS 101, we’re going to dive into these databases and explore how they work on their own and with such services as Amazon S3 abd other features, as well as what they can do to support your organization.

What Do AWS Database Services Provide?

AWS offers a mix of relational and non-relational databases to address multiple application needs. All are...


All AWS database engines are purpose-built, meaning they address specific needs. Your use cases drive your database strategy to solve specific business challenges and application needs.

This eliminates old-school, one-size-fits-all solutions as purpose-built databases are optimized for your data model so they can power better application performance and scaling.


encryption keyBuilt specifically for enterprise loads, AWS databases deliver high availability, reliability and security, supporting multi-region, multi-master replication. Security features include network isolation using AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), encryption in transit, and isolation at rest using custom keys created and controlled using AWS Key Management Service KMS.

Fully managed.

Migrating your databases to AWS means you no longer need to worry about server setup, configuration, provisioning, patching, backups and recovery. AWS databases are fully managed, with continuous cluster monitoring, self-healing storage and automated scaling. You get the same management and support that you do with your AWS cloud infrastructure.

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Gerald Van Guilder, Senior Cloud Architect

Gerald (Jerry) Van Guilder specializes in GCP and AWS architecture, deployments/implementations and migrations. One of the many things that he enjoys is enabling clients to feel empowered not only by technologies but also in the skill/knowledge transfer that transpires during the course of an engagement. Jerry lives (and works) in Syracuse, New York, with his wife and two pups.

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