FAQ: InfluxDB Cloud

Frequently asked questions for the general availability of InfluxDB Cloud. For more information, visit the GA announcement blog

What is new with InfluxDB Cloud?

InfluxDB Cloud is launching with a new backend engine on Jan 31, 2023. Formerly known as IOx, this new engine unlocks the following benefits:
  • Users can now ingest, store, and analyze all types of time series data including metrics, events, and traces (known to be high cardinality data) with a single backend datastore. This reduces complexities involved in correlating metrics with events and traces and reduces time to learning and insights.
  • At its core, the new engine uses Apache Arrow, an in-memory columnar format, to cache recent or “hot” data and to handle high volume of queries with low latencies. This allows users to build uber-responsive applications and even guarantee performance and availability SLAs.
  • Native SQL support ensures zero learning curve for users to analyze, query and get to insights faster. Backward compatibility with InfluxQL ensures a smooth transition of your workloads from previous versions of InfluxDB.
  • The engine also persists data using Apache Parquet, an open columnar format known for high compression, on low cost cloud object stores, such as Amazon S3. This allows users to meet their data retention requirements without budget overflows.
  • InfluxDB Cloud is available as a Serverless, fully-managed solution, and as a Dedicated, self-managed solution.

How does this affect me if I am an existing user?

  1. Current users of InfluxDB Cloud are unaffected by this change and their workloads will continue to run as normal. You can continue to create new buckets and run new workloads using your existing account.
  2. We are currently working on migration tooling to support seamless migration of your existing workloads to the new backend engine so you can get the benefits mentioned above. Rest assured that we will inform you and, if needed, work with you before your existing workloads migrate to the new backend engine on InfluxDB Cloud.

Is this secure?

Yes. The new InfluxDB engine uses encryption at rest and in transit (very similar to the current InfluxDB Cloud).
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