Amazon Aurora Serverless is an on-demand, auto-scaling configuration for Amazon Aurora. It automatically starts up, shuts down, and scales capacity up or down based on your application's needs. It enables you to run your database in the cloud without managing any database capacity.

Manually managing database capacity can take up valuable time and can lead to inefficient use of database resources. With Aurora Serverless, you simply create a database endpoint, optionally specify the desired database capacity range, and connect your applications. You pay on a per-second basis for the database capacity you use when the database is active, and migrate between standard and serverless configurations with a few clicks in the Amazon RDS Management Console.

  •  NEW: Amazon Aurora Serverless v2 (Preview)
  • Amazon Aurora Serverless v1
  •  NEW: Amazon Aurora Serverless v2 (Preview)
  • Amazon Aurora Serverless v2, currently in preview, scales instantly from hundreds to hundreds-of-thousands of transactions in a fraction of a second. As it scales, it adjusts capacity in fine-grained increments to provide just the right amount of database resources that the application needs. There is no database capacity for you to manage, you pay only for the capacity your application consumes, and you can save up to 90% of your database cost compared to the cost of provisioning capacity for peak load.

    Aurora Serverless v2 (Preview) supports all manner of database workloads, from development and test environments, websites, and applications that have infrequent, intermittent, or unpredictable workloads to the most demanding, business critical applications that require high scale and high availability. It supports the full breadth of Aurora features, including Global Database, Multi-AZ deployments, and read replicas. Aurora Serverless v2 (Preview) is currently available in preview for Aurora with MySQL compatibility only.

    Sign up for Aurora Serverless v2 (Preview) »

    Benefits

    HIGHLY SCALABLE

    Scale instantly, from hundreds to hundreds-of-thousands of transactions, in a fraction of a second.

    HIGHLY AVAILABLE

    Power your business critical workloads with the full breadth of Aurora features, including backtrack, cloning, Global Database, Multi-AZ, and read replicas.

    COST-EFFECTIVE

    Scale in fine-grained increments to provide just the right amount of database resources and pay only for capacity consumed.

    SIMPLE

    Removes the complexity of provisioning and managing database capacity. The database will automatically start up, shut down, and scale to match your application’s needs.

    TRANSPARENT

    Aurora Serverless v2 (Preview) instantly scales database capacity without disrupting any incoming application requests.

    DURABLE

    Built on distributed, fault-tolerant, self-healing Aurora storage with 6-way replication to protect against data loss.

    Use Cases

    Variable workloads

    You're running a lightly-used application, with peaks of 30 minutes to several hours a few times each day or several times per year, such as a human resources, budgeting, or operational reporting application. Now, you no longer have to provision to peak capacity, which would require you to pay for resources you don't continuously use, or to average capacity, which would risk performance problems and a poor user experience.

    Unpredictable workloads

    You're running workloads with database usage throughout the day, and also peaks of activity that are hard to predict - for example, a traffic site that might see a surge of activity when it starts raining. Now, your database will auto-scale capacity to meet the needs of the application's peak load and scale back down when the surge of activity is over.

    Enterprise database fleet management NEW

    Enterprises with hundreds or thousands of applications, each backed by one or more databases, must manage resources for their entire database fleet. As application requirements fluctuate, continuously monitoring and adjusting capacity for each and every database to ensure high performance, high availability and remain under budget is a daunting task. With Aurora Serverless v2 (Preview), database capacity is automatically adjusted based on application demand and you no longer need to manually manage thousands of databases in your database fleet. Features like Global Database and Multi-AZ deployments ensure high availability and fast recovery.

    Software-as-a-Service applications NEW

    Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendors typically operate hundreds or thousands of Aurora databases, each supporting a different customer, in a single cluster to improve utilization and cost efficiency. But they still need to manage each database individually, including monitoring for and responding to co-located databases in the same cluster that may take up more shared resources than originally planned (a.k.a.“noisy neighbors”). With Aurora Serverless v2 (Preview), SaaS vendors can provision Aurora database clusters for each individual customer without worrying about costs of provisioned capacity. It automatically shuts down databases when they are not in use to save costs and instantly adjusts databases capacity to meet changing application requirements.

    Scaled-out databases split across multiple servers NEW

    Customers with high write or read requirements often split databases across several instances to achieve higher throughput. However, customers often provision too many or too few instances, increasing cost or limiting scale. With Aurora Serverless v2 (Preview), customers split databases across several Aurora instances and let the service adjust capacity instantly and automatically based on need. It seamlessly adjusts capacity for each node with no downtime or disruption, and uses just the right amount of capacity needed to support applications.

    How to Get Started

    Aurora Serverless v2 (Preview) is available for Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility in US East (N. Virginia). Sign up for Aurora Serverless v2 (Preview) »

  • Amazon Aurora Serverless v1
  • Amazon Aurora Serverless v1 is a simple, cost-effective option for infrequent, intermittent, or unpredictable workloads.

    Benefits

    SIMPLE

    Removes the complexity of provisioning and managing database capacity. The database will automatically start up, shut down, and scale to match your application’s needs.

    SCALABLE

    Seamlessly scale compute and memory capacity as needed, with no disruption to client connections.

    COST-EFFECTIVE

    Pay only for the database resources you consume, on a per-second basis. You don't pay for the database instance unless it's actually running.

    HIGHLY AVAILABLE

    Built on distributed, fault-tolerant, self-healing Aurora storage with 6-way replication to protect against data loss.

    Use Cases

    Infrequently-used applications

    You have an application that is only used for a few minutes several times per day or week, such as a low-volume blog site, and you want a cost-effective database that only requires you to pay when it's active. With Aurora Serverless v1, you only pay for the database resources you consume.

    Development and test databases

    Your software development and QA teams are using databases during work hours, but don’t need them on nights or weekends. With Aurora Serverless v1, your database automatically shuts down when not in use, and starts up much more quickly when work starts the next day.

    How to Get Started

    Aurora Serverless v1 is available for both Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility and Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility. It's easy to get started: choose Serverless when creating your Aurora database cluster, optionally specify the desired range of database capacity, and connect your applications.