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Aurora Multi Master

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This section of the Solution Architect Associate learning path introduces you to the High Availability concepts and services relevant to the SAA-C02 exam.  By the end of this section, you will be familiar with the design options available and know how to select and apply AWS services to meet specific availability scenarios relevant to the Solution Architect Associate exam. 

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn the fundamentals of high availability, fault tolerance, and back up and disaster recovery
  • Understand how a variety of Amazon services such as S3, Snowball, and Storage Gateway can be used for back up purposes
  • Learn how to implement high availability practices in Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, and DynamoDB

An Aurora multi master setup leverages 2 compute instances configured in active-active read write configuration. This allows you to read and write to either instance and provides improved fault tolerance at the instance level, specifically in terms of writes. This configuration deploys an active-active pair of compute instances, each instance being deployed into different availability zones. If an instance outage occurs in one availability zone, all database writes can be redirected to the remaining active instance - all without the need to perform a failover.

A maximum of 2 compute instances can be configured currently as masters in a multi master cluster.

You can not add read replicas to a multi master cluster. Incoming database connections to an Aurora multi master cluster are not load-balanced by the service. Load balancing connection logic must be implemented and performed within the client.

About the Author
Stuart Scott
AWS Content Director
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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

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He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

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