Aiven Blog

Mar 1, 2018

Aiven for PostgreSQL® gets latest update, new features, and plan sizes

From offering TimescaleDB to lowering our prices in AWS and DigitalOcean, our PostgreSQL has undergone a few changes. Learn more here.


Kyle Buzzell

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Head of Growth Marketing at Aiven

In our latest update to Aiven for PostgreSQL, we've released version 10.3., added new features that will further increase its functionality, and added two new larger PostgreSQL plans.

Let's first take a high-level view of PostgreSQL 10.3. before we dive into our new features and standard plans.

What's new with PostgreSQL 10.3.

As with most minor releases, PostgreSQL 10.3. focused on security and bug fixes. In total, the latest release addressed a security issue related to trojan-horse attacks and a few bug fixes.

You can visit the PostgreSQL site for the exhaustive list.

The key takeaway for Aiven customers is that our timely support for PG 10.3. is just part and parcel of our commitment to providing the most complete and secure service versions.

What's new with Aiven for PostgreSQL

Likewise, we work tirelessly to increase the functionality of our services so that they're in step with the evolving data environment and provide maximum value.

The below updates center around improvements in Aiven for PostgreSQL's time-series performance, use as a geographically distributed database, and value proposition.

1. Support for TimescaleDB

<br> Building off of the strengths of Postgres, TimescaleDB overcomes SQL's time-series limitations by promising to increase performance and make manipulation vastly easier.

In short, it increases the functionality of Aiven for PostgreSQL and provides an open-source alternative to closed- and mixed-source offerings.

That's why we've decided to become the first DBaaS to provide support for this extension. We're still working on the documentation; but in the meantime, feel free to contact Aiven support with any questions.

2. Geo-distributed Read Replica [Preview]

<br> Although we provide replication in our high-availability plans, we wanted to extend the capability for enterprise-level customers operating in multiple regions who need to be able to __read standby nodes with minimal latency__.

Other noteworthy characteristics of this feature include the ability to change the replica to a master node in the event of failure and that read throughput can be increased linearly as more nodes are added.

Currently accessible through our command-line client, we'll be adding the feature to our console within the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, reach out to Aiven support for more information.

3. Reduced the price of Aiven plans in AWS and DigitalOcean

<br> AWS and DigitalOcean have reduced their infrastructure costs, in turn saving us money. It only seemed fair to pass the savings onto our customers!

The result? Significantly reduced prices for our Start-8 and above plans. In fact, we were able to reduce the prices of some plans by up to 40%!

Business and Premium plan extension

As you may know, we offer custom plans for customers whose needs exceed what our standard plans can cover.

While we're happy to build custom plans, our focus is on standard plans that can be launched immediately,
which is why we've extended our Aiven PostgreSQL Startup, Business and Premium plans.

<table cellpadding="8" cellspacing="0" frame="hsides" style="font-family: maven pro, sans serif; width: 100%;"> <tr align="center" style="font-size: 20px; font-weight: bold;"> <th colspan="5">Google Cloud Platform</th> </tr> <tr style="font-size: 15px;"> <th>Plan</th> <th>Dedicated VMs</th> <th>CPUs per VM</th> <th>RAM per VM</th> <th>Disk space</th> </tr> <tr align="center" style="background: #eee;"> <td style="font-weight: bold;">Startup-360</td> <td>1</td> <td>96</td> <td>360 GB</td> <td>2980 GB</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td style="font-weight: bold;">Business-360</td> <td>2</td> <td>96</td> <td>360 GB</td> <td>2980 GB</td> </tr> <tr align="center" style="background: #eee;"> <td style="font-weight: bold;">Premium-360</td> <td>3</td> <td>96</td> <td>360 GB</td> <td>2980 GB</td> </tr> </table> <br> <table cellpadding="8" cellspacing="0" frame="hsides" style="font-family: Maven Pro, sans serif; width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr align="center;" style="font-size: 20px; font-weight: bold;"> <th colspan="5">Amazon Web Services</th> </tr> <tr style="font-size: 15px;"> <th>Plan</th> <th>Dedicated VMs</th> <th>CPUs per VM</th> <th>RAM per VM</th> <th>Disk space</th> </tr> </tbody> <tbody> <tr align="center" style="background: #eee;"> <td style="font-weight: bold;">Startup-480</td> <td>1</td> <td>64</td> <td>488 GB</td> <td>7200 GB</td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td style="font-weight: bold;">Business-480</td> <td>2</td> <td>64</td> <td>488 GB</td> <td>7200 GB</td> </tr> <tr align="center" style="background: #eee;"> <td style="font-weight: bold;">Premium-480</td> <td>3</td> <td>64</td> <td>488 GB</td> <td>7200 GB</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

<span style="font-size: small;">*Plan specs depend on cloud and region.</span>

Wrapping up

As we indicated in our Aiven 2.0 post, we'll strive to set and increase our pace over 2018 and beyond as we focus on expanding and refining our services.

That said, our focus will always be on ensuring security through timely version changes and working on feature sets that reflect the current and future needs of our customers.

We'll be moving fast, but you can keep up with us by subscribing to our blog and changelog RSS feeds. Talk to you soon!

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