Amazon has announced PostgreSQL support for its Aurora Serverless database, 11 months after adding MySQL support. As Amazon puts it, this is “a new deployment option that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down an Amazon Aurora database, and it offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any database servers.” AWS argues this will make capacity planning easier, as rather than running the risk of under or overprovisioning, users simply pay by the second when the database is in use – for example to handle seasonal spikes, or for testing and development. That’s the joy of serverless. Or the danger, if you’re not watching those costs closely.



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