Just Launched: Amazon RDS Multi-AZ

Today, my colleagues and I launched a major feature in Amazon RDS called Multi-AZ DBInstances. A Multi-AZ DB Instance performs synchronous replication of data across replicas located in different availability zones.

What benefits does Multi-AZ DB Instance provide?

–          Higher Durability: Your data is synchronously replicated across different availability zones. This guarantees higher levels of durability even in the wake of a disk, instance or availability zone failures.

–          Higher Availability: With Multi-AZ instances, we perform master-slave replication and when we detect that the master is unavailable, we automatically failover to the slave replica. This guarantees higher levels of availability. Contrary to MySQL’s asynchronous replication, since the data is synchronously replicated, when the replica fails over to the secondary replica you will experience no data loss.

You can learn more about all the resilient goodness of RDS Multi-AZ deployments here.

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