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When do I need to consider moving to a dedicated database?

With our entry VPS products, you have a dedicated server for your WordPress sites; it has all of your files for WordPress with a set amount of CPU cores and memory allocated completely towards your incoming traffic to that server. And by default we load your database on a shared Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) cluster that we manage, giving you separate resources to process the database queries.

These shared database servers are designed to handle average-short sustained spikes in database activity, ensuring activity is not abusive or hindering the performance of other websites. It’s important to note while we maintain a generous capacity of resources for our shared database users, there are limits some customers may eventually reach which can start to degrade performance, especially with larger database footprints.

This isn’t necessarily the case for every customer. Sometimes a large database can sustain quality performance due to the query load running smoothly but if you have a large backend and the queries are complex then that’s when we start to see issues.

In any case, we can pair you with a standalone database server at an additional fee that’s designed to better weather your database load. This is available with any VPS option we provide in any size Amazon offers.

All database usage is monitored by our Ops team for us to be proactive on how we can assist with keeping performance tuned at all times. Before rightsizing you, we run a full in-depth analysis of your slow queries and CPU load to identify where areas can be better optimized with indexes or rewritten with less complexity.

Your involvement is always welcome in working with us to achieve a long term remediation for any presenting concerns, with the possibility of resorting back to the shared database clusters again once we have a better handle on your needs.

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