Amazon RDS M6g and R6g instance types, powered by AWS Graviton2 processors: In preview and now supported on more database versions

Posted on: Sep 23, 2020

AWS Graviton2-based database instances in preview for Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) now support more database versions. Graviton2 M6g and R6g database instances deliver better price performance over comparable current generation x86-based database instances. You can launch these database instances when using Amazon RDS for MySQL and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. With this launch, Graviton2 is now supported on RDS MySQL versions 8.0.17, 8.0.19, and 8.0.20 and RDS PostgreSQL 12.3, and 12.4. Support for Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for MariaDB is coming soon.

You can launch new instances in the Amazon RDS Management Console or using the AWS CLI. Upgrading a database instance to Graviton2 requires a simple instance type modification, using the same steps as any other instance modification. If you are currently on a relevant major version that is supported by Graviton2, such as RDS for MySQL 8.0.17, then you can move to Graviton2 by stopping the existing instance and changing the instance type to R6g or M6g instance using the AWS Management Console or AWS CLI. Your applications will continue to work as normal as you will not have to port any application code. For more details, refer to the documentation.  

The M6g and R6g database instances are now available in preview for Amazon RDS in the US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo) regions. 

Watch James Hamilton, VP and Distinguished Engineer at AWS, talk about AWS Graviton2 and open source databases. For complete information on pricing and regional availability, please refer to the Amazon RDS pricing page. Review our technical documentation for more details.