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When to use RDS Multi-AZ & Read Replicas
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Learn when to use RDS Multi-AZ and Read Replicas with this concise course from Cloud Academy. In this course, you will be able to uncover the reasons behind RDS multi-AZ and will come away with being able to know when to implement and use this feature within your own environment.

Understanding how this works is essential for you and your team as understanding the differences between Read Replicas and Multi-AZ’s is key when trying to design a resilient and performance optimized RDS database.

This short course is made up of two informative lectures along with a cohesive summary. If you would like to discover more content related to this subject matter, you will find all the related training content below.


Learning Objectives

  • Explain the differences between Multi-AZ instances and Read Replicas.
  • Understand the different techniques and methods used to implement Multi-AZ across different DB engines.
  • Recognize the limitations and subtle differences between Read Replicas across different DB engine types. 

Intended Audience

  • Those who are responsible for maintaining and managing RDS databases within AWS.
  • Solution architects wishing to take the AWS Certified Developer - Associate certification.


  • An understanding of Amazon RDS, including how to set up an RDS database within a single availability zone.
  • Be familiar with AWS global infrastructure, regarding regions and availability zones. More information on this can be found in this blog post.


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About the Author

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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 centre and network infrastructure design, to more recently cloud architecture and implementation.

He is a Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP), with his latest achievements gained within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) field.

He currently holds the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification as well as accreditations as an AWS Business and Technology Professional and in TCO and Cloud Economics.

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.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.