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 allows you to configure a pair of masters in an active-active read-write configuration which can later be scaled up on demand by the customer to a maximum of four masters. In this configuration, you can read and write to any of the provisioned master instances, providing improved fault tolerance within the compute layer.

In the example shown here, the configuration deploys an active-active pair of compute instances with each instance being deployed in its own availability zone. If an instance outage occurs in one availability zone, all database writes can be redirected to the remaining active instance managed by the customer in the client-side logic, and all without the need to perform a failover. This also provides protection from az outages.

As earlier mentioned, when required, a customer can scale up the multi-master instance count up to a maximum of four instances. Do keep in mind that in this multi-master configuration, you cannot add additional read replicas into the cluster. In terms of connection management, incoming database connections are not load-balanced by the service. Rather, the load balancing connection logic must be implemented by you and performed on the client side. With this in mind, let's now take a quick look at a demo that shows how easy it is to set up and use a multi-master Aurora database cluster, complete with client-side connection management.

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