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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

RDS Provisioned IOPS: A Cost Analysis for High Performance Cloud Database

Experiment results: AWS Provisioned IOPS costs are 
around 46% of the total cost for our example deployment

Today AWS announced support for Provisioned IOPS (I/O operations per second) Storage for Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service). This enables enterprises to put I/O critical and intensive applications on Amazon's RDS and be sure that high performance will be delivered. PlanForCloud announced its support for provisioned IOPS immediately after the AWS announcement, you can now run your deployments through a 3-year simulation to see how much provisioned IOPS would cost for your deployment - try it free.

What you need to know about provisioned IOPS

  • You can provision from a minimum of 1,000 to a maximum of 10,000 IOPS for MySQL & Oracle.
  • Minimum of 100GB to a maximum of 1TB storage for MySQL & Oracle.
  • You can provision from a minimum of 1,000 to a maximum of 7,000 IOPS for SQL Server.
  • Cost: US-East costs $0.10 per IOPS-month while US-West (Northern California) and EU cost $0.11 per IOPS-month. Read below for cost experiment results.
  • To adopt provisioned IOPS immediately, you can export data and re-import into a provisioned IOPS RDS instance. An automated way to migrate is coming soon.

Experiment setup

In order to assess the cost of using provisioned IOPS, we ran a simulation on with the following details:
Software: MySQL
RDS type: Large 1-year reserved High-utilized standard (no Multi-AZ)
Storage: 100GB with a 10% growth per six months
Provisioned IOPS: 1,000 with a 10% growth per six months
Location: US-West (Northern California)
Run time: Running 24 hours per day

Experiment results

AWS provisioned IOPS - PlanForCloud
AWS provisioned IOPS - PlanForCloud
Over three years, the cost of the provisioned IOPS RDS instance is around $11,000, of which $5,093 is the direct cost of provisioned IOPS transactions, meaning:
  • 46.5% of the total costs of this deployment are going to provisioned IOPS.
  • Relative to the cost of running the database server and the storage requirements, provisioned IOPS can be a significant proportion of your costs. 
  • When it comes to critical workloads, this is an option to consider as it delivers high performance I/O.


Provisioned IOPS is a high performance addition to your deployments and intended for a specific target market in mind as Werner Vogels describes in his blog.

Focusing on the advertised 'hourly' cost of cloud resources can be misleading, and looking at your overall deployment costs is very important as it enables you to make better decisions about your deployments prior to adopting the cloud. PlanForCloud is a free tool that enables you to get detailed cost forecasts for different deployment options within minutes and do what-if analysis - try it free, no cloud credentials required.

-- Hassan
Product Manager at PlanForCloud

1 comment:

  1. Good job guys; are you planning also to validate the AWS SLA? That would be intriguing...