Amazon indicates that Aurora is 5x as fast as MySQL and is compatible. Has anybody tried this?
Amazon Aurora - Amazon Web Services
Did you end up testing Aurora? Was it faster?
They have a big Aurora box; it was faster for them. They went from a smaller MySQL to a really big Aurora. They also have a team of dedicated DBAs that work on their stack to ensure optimum performance.
One of our clients has set up using Aurora and they are very happy with it.
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