Move Aurora instances to Graviton

Opportunity Name: 

Move Aurora instances to Graviton

AWS Resource Type:

Amazon Aurora (RDS)

Opportunity Description:

This FF identifies provisioned Aurora instances that can move to Graviton to achieve cost reduction while maintaining the same performance.

Criteria for identifying the opportunity:

This FF finds provisioned Aurora instances (i.e. not Serverless or reserved) that are currently available, running on the Intel platform, and have a database version supporting Graviton:

  • Amazon RDS - MySQL: 8.0.17 & higher
  • Amazon RDS - PostgreSQL: 13, 12.3 & higher
  • Amazon RDS - MariaDB: 10.5, 10.4.13 & higher
  • Amazon Aurora - MySQL: 2.09.2 & higher
  • Amazon Aurora - PostgreSQL: 12.4, 11.9 & higher

 In addition, the target instance type should be compatible with Graviton, respecting the following instance type migration paths:

  • db.r5.large & db.r6i.large -> db.r6g.large
  • db.r5.xlarge & db.r6i.xlarge -> db.r6g.xlarge
  • db.r5.2xlarge & db.r6i.2xlarge -> db.r6g.2xlarge
  • db.r5.4xlarge & db.r6i.4xlarge -> db.r6g.4xlarge
  • db.r5.8xlarge & db.r6i.8xlarge -> db.r6g.8xlarge
  • db.r5.12xlarge & db.r6i.12xlarge -> db.r6g.12xlarge
  • db.r5.16xlarge & db.r6i.16xlarge -> db.r6g.16xlarge
  • db.t3.medium -> db.t4g.medium
  • db.t3.large -> db.t4g.large

Potential savings (range in % on annual basis):

On average, this FF should provide 10% savings based on the current price difference between Graviton and Intel-equivalent instances.

What happens when the Fixer is executed?

The target instance will be immediately re-typed, in place, using the ModifyDBInstance operation.

Is it possible to rollback once CloudFix implements the fixer?

Yes, rollback can be triggered manually by executing the SSM Document "Cloudfix-Runbook-AuroraInstancesToGraviton-Rollback".

Required parameters:

  • DBClusterIdentifier: The cluster identifier (name) whose instances we are about to rollback
  • DBInstanceIdentifier: The instance identifier (name) to rollback
  • DBTargetClass: The type to which the instance should be retyped
  • IsPrimary: if this is the cluster primary instance or not
  • ClusterNumberInstances: Indicates the number of instances in the cluster

Can CloudFix implement the fix automatically once I accept the recommendation?

Yes, approving the FF for the target instance will schedule immediate execution. 

Does this fix require downtime?

Yes, even using a fail-over, we expect downtime to be around 30 seconds.

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