Bring Your Own Account to Aiven

3 min readJul 12, 2021


A tasty apple and sandwich in a lunchbox show how you can pack your cloud account to Aiven and get the best of both worlds.

When you’ve been with a cloud provider and paid their bills for years, the bond can be strong. Even if you’re not happy in the relationship, you can feel trapped by bonuses or by regulatory restrictions. But at Aiven, we don’t think you ought to have to marry your data cloud.

Companies operating in regulated industries like health or finance are used to getting the short end of the stick where it comes to managed services. Often they don’t even look for providers able to handle hosting and infrastructure management, because they know their data needs to stay on their servers at all times and even VPC peering is overstepping the regulatory boundaries.

They spend loads of money setting up their own infrastructure and managing it, day in day out. These days they can buy cloud storage directly from a large provider, at least, but there’s so much more out there, and regulated industries are missing out.

(Hey, why not read our article on why managed is good?)

There are companies, too, for whom regulations are not the issue, but simple economies of scale and the weight of history. If you’re a big enterprise, chances are that you reached a lucrative arrangement with a cloud provider years ago. It started out as a great love affair: you get your services at a competitive price, they get your large-scale business. But life happens, terms of service change, service levels change, and one morning you wake up to the realisation that your provider may be cheap but they’re no longer the best choice for you on any other yardstick.

Here’s where Aiven’s BYOA model may be the answer you’re looking for.

What is Aiven’s BYOA?

Bring Your Own Account lets you benefit from Aiven’s managed services while keeping your data under your existing cloud provider account. Aiven takes care of your database infra, just like we do for all customers, but you just pay us for the management and your preferred cloud provider for the server space.

BYOA is the best of both worlds

BYOA satisfies the legal requirements for companies in regulated industries regarding data residency, because you pay the bills yourself instead of routing the costs through Aiven. By the same token, paying the bills accrues you the loyalty bonuses offered by the cloud provider.

At the same time, you can hand over the mundane and arcane infrastructure management tasks to Aiven experts. Version upgrades, patches, maintenance tasks — we’ll take care of all of it.

Am I worthy?

Of course you are, we love you!

But if you mean, can you get BYOA at Aiven, then it’s a “Yes, if”. The “if” is your company’s total monthly spend on Aiven services, which must be over 5000€.

Supported clouds are:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Microsoft Azure (excluding Azure Germany)

Living with BYOA

With BYOA, you use the Aiven Console or Command Line Interface to manage your services. You’ll have the same convenient user experience as with the regular Aiven service model.

The only difference is that you receive two separate monthly invoices, one from Aiven for the managed services and another from the cloud service provider for the cloud infrastructure.

Getting started with BYOA

To get started with BYOA at Aiven, contact our sales team at

The BYOA setup has a custom pricing structure that is calculated case by case. In addition, we charge a one-time fee for the setup work. The sales team will be able to give you your very own numbers.

Wrapping up

Granted, two invoices every month is more than you probably need in your life. That’s all the practical difference between a regular Aiven account and a BYOA account, though. With BYOA, you can totally have and eat that wedding cake, without the need to be bound for life to a faceless corporation.

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