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We’ve been running Postgres on i3 instances with their attached SSDs. Performance is solid and it’s cheaper too. Having up to date replicas becomes crucial, along with incremental backups (we use wal-e for that).

As you mentioned, it is limited by instance size, but for a DB that fits it works great and has fewer moving parts. Knowing that your entire database is essentially ephemeral raises the stakes too and forces you to take replication, backups and restore testing seriously.

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