AWS maven I'm not
June 5, 2014 8:32 AM Subscribe
A question for folks knowledgeable about Amazon Web Services...is it better to have EC2 and RDS is the same Availability Zone?
I run a web app in an AWS EC2 instance and the database for the app in an RDS instance both in Amazon Web Services Region East-1. However, one of them is in Availability Zone 1a and the other is in 1d. Am I getting all the speed benefits of having both instances in the same "data center" (East-1) even if they are in different Availability Zones, or can I get further optimization by moving them to the same Availability Zone?
A second question is whether there would be any drawbacks that I'm not thinking about (aside from cost) to using in EC2 a managed web server from the AWS Marketplace such as NGINX Plus from Nginx, Inc. if I have a need for a managed/supported web server due to lack of in-house management resources. (For that same reason, I am 1) not installing MySQL in EC2, and 2) not thinking of using an unmanaged hosting service such as Linode or Digital Ocean - I have developers developing and implementing the app but they would probably not be the right resource to manage ongoing regular maintenance, only major issues).
Any other related tips and suggestions about using AWS are welcome.