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Amazon Aurora October 2020 Update

Released on October 22nd, 2020

Amazon Aurora Enables Dynamic Resizing for Database Storage Space

The storage space allocated to your Amazon Aurora database cluster will now dynamically decrease when you delete data from the cluster. The storage space already automatically increases up to a maximum size of 128 tebibytes (TiB), and will now automatically decrease when data is deleted. You only pay for the storage you use. Starting September 21, 2020, dynamic resizing for storage space is being enabled region by region for Aurora MySQL versions 1.23 and 2.09, and Aurora PostgreSQL versions 10.13 and 11.8, and is expected to be enabled across all Aurora regions by end of November 2020.

Previously, when you deleted data from Aurora clusters, such as by dropping a table or partition, the overall allocated storage space remained the same. This was because the free space was not released in order to be reused automatically if data was added later. With dynamic resizing, the allocated storage space decreases automatically when you delete data. Learn more by visiting the Amazon Aurora Storage and Reliability documentation.  

Amazon Aurora is a MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database built for the cloud, that combines the performance and availability of traditional enterprise databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Amazon Aurora is up to five times faster than standard MySQL databases and three times faster than standard PostgreSQL databases. It provides the security, availability, and reliability of commercial databases at 1/10th the cost. To learn more about Amazon Aurora please see our product page and documentation.

Database Activity Streams for Amazon Aurora is Available in Four Additional Regions

Amazon Aurora now supports Database Activity Streams in the South America (Sao Paulo), Middle East (Bahrain), Africa (Cape Town), and Europe (Milan) regions. Database Activity Streams for Amazon Aurora with MySQL compatibility and Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility provides a near real-time stream of database activities in your relational database. When integrated with third party database activity monitoring tools, Database Activity Streams can monitor and audit database activity to provide safeguards for your database and help you meet compliance and regulatory requirements.

Solutions built on top of Database Activity Streams can protect your database from internal and external threats. The collection, transmission, storage, and processing of database activity is managed outside your database, providing access control independent of your database users and admins. Your database activity is encrypted and pushed to an Amazon Kinesis data stream provisioned on behalf of your Aurora cluster.

You can learn more about Database Activity Streams with Amazon Aurora in the documentation and RDS security pages.

Aurora combines the performance and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. For more information, please visit the Amazon Aurora product page.  

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