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Readable Standby Instances In Multi-AZ Deployments By Amazon RDS


1. Introduction
2. Multi-AZ DB Cluster Architecture
3. Multi-AZ DB Cluster Advantages
4. Multi-AZ Deployments Vs. Multi-AZ Read Replicas
5. Read Replicas Vs. Readable Standby Instances
6. Difference in Pricing
7. Multi-AZ DB Cluster Availability
8. Conclusion
9. About CloudThat
10. FAQs

1. Introduction:

Setting up, operating, and scaling a relational database in the cloud is simple by using Amazon RDS. It offers scalable capacity at a low cost while automating time-consuming administrative activities, including hardware provisioning, database setup, patching, and backups. In addition, Amazon RDS now supports multi-AZ deployments that include readable standby instances. It is also called Multi-AZ DB cluster deployments, and currently, it’s in preview. Additional read capacity for Amazon RDS Multi-AZ deployment and critical transaction latency requirements for workloads can be served by setting up Multi-AZ DB cluster deployment with two readable DB instances.

2. Multi-AZ DB Cluster Architecture

Amazon RDS uses the DB engine’s native replication features to replicate data from the writer DB instance to reader DB instances in a Multi-AZ DB cluster. Every time a writer DB instance changes, the reader DB instances are updated. A change must be acknowledged by at least one reader database instance to be committed and applied. As well as automatic failover targets, reader DBs also serve read traffic to increase application throughput.

Amazon RDS Architecture


3. Multi-AZ DB Cluster Advantages

Amazon RDS Multi-AZ deployments are appropriate for production database workloads, as data is replicated synchronously to a standby instance in different Availability Zone. Each Availability Zone is built to be very reliable and run on its own physically different, independent infrastructure. Whenever an infrastructure failure occurs, Amazon RDS automatically fails over to standby so that your applications can resume database operations as soon as the loss is over. The new method overcomes one of the drawbacks of standard RDS multi-AZ deployments: the synchronously replicated standby instance’s inability to accept connections. As a result, database applications that demand increased read capacity and consistent transaction latency will benefit from Amazon RDS’ revised Topology of Multi-AZ Cluster deployments, which will improve performance and availability. Amazon RDS automatically configures data replication for one primary and two readable standby DB instances across three Availability Zones using this new Multi-AZ DB deployment option. To boost throughput without requiring attaching more read replica DB instances, the standby DB instances serve as automated failover targets and read traffic, utilizing either a reader endpoint or distinct instance endpoints.

4. Multi-AZ Deployments vs. Multi-AZ Read ReplicasAmazon RDS

5. Read Replicas Vs. Readable Standby InstancesAmazon RDS

6. Difference in Pricing

The db.m6gd.large is the cheapest option with two readable standby instances, but it costs 0.522 USD per hour on-demand. This is substantially more expensive than a standard multi-AZ deployment, where a comparable db.m6g.large instance costs 0.304 USD per hour and less expensive instances are available.7. Multi-AZ DB Cluster AvailabilityOnly the following AWS Regions currently offer Multi-AZ deployments with readable standby instances.:

8. Conclusion

Following a thorough discussion of the topic, we can now give a verdict that AWS Multi-AZ DB cluster with readable standby instances can be used to target workloads, where more read scalability and severe transaction latency are required while provisioning highly available and durable applications.

9. About CloudThat

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10. FAQs:

1. What events would trigger a failover to the backup replica in Amazon RDS?
For Multi-AZ deployments, Amazon RDS detects and recovers from the most frequent failure scenarios automatically, allowing you to restore database operations as quickly as possible without requiring administrative intervention. In the event of any of the following, Amazon RDS will immediately failover:

2. Can reserved instances be utilized for Multi-AZ deployments?
Yes. After you purchase a reserved instance, you can select the Multi-AZ alternative within the DB instance set up accessible for purchase.

WRITTEN BY Aishwarya Joshi

Aishwarya works as a Research Associate (AWS Media services) with CloudThat. She is an enthusiastic individual and a good team player. A positive attitude is her way of dealing with everything. She enjoys learning new technologies and exploring various ways of problem-solving. As of late, she has become proficient in cloud services and enjoys writing technical blogs.



  1. Shakil

    Apr 23, 2022


    Good work

  2. Janjarla Prasanna

    Apr 22, 2022


    Good Work

  3. Sumedh Patil

    Apr 22, 2022


    Totally Worth 👏 shared keep posting more such content 😊

  4. Rutuja

    Apr 22, 2022


    Very informative blog👍

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