I'm trying to create a disaster recovery plan for a cost efficient, maintainable and with little down for Aurora MySQL.

I want two read/write databases in two different regions, they can be separate databases called primary-us-east-1 and backup-us-east-2. I also want bidirectional replication between primary-us-east-1 to backup-us-east-2. Only one database will be connected to at all times so collisions are not a concern. In the event that region us-east-1 goes down, all I have to do is trigger a DNS switch to point to us-east-2 since backup-us-east-2 is already updated.

I've looked into Aurora Global Databases but this requires promoting a read replica in a secondary region to a master and then updating the DNS to recover from a region outage. I like the 0 work for data replication across several regions but I don't like losing the maintainability of the new resources in the process because the newly created resources (clusters/replicas) won't be maintainable in CDK if created through a lambda or by hand.

Is what I'm asking for possible? If yes, does anyone know of a replication solution so data can be copied primary-us-east-1 between backup-us-east-2?

Potential solution 1:

A potential solution is standing up the Aurora MySQL resources primary-us-east-1 and backup-us-east-2 using cdk. Keep them in sync using AWS Database Migration Service for continuous replication. Use a lambda to detect a region outage which will then perform the dns switch to point to backup-us-east-2. The only follow up task would be bringing primary-us-east-1 in sync with backup-us-east-2.

  • Does Aurora handle InnoDB Cluster or Galera? If so, I suggest that either of those is a better DR.
    – Rick James
    Dec 12, 2022 at 17:07

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You can create two Aurora (MySQL) regional clusters, one in each region.

Then setup bi-directional binlog replication between two Aurora regional clusters (with or without GTID).

Some steps are mentioned here.

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