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Amazon RDS April 2020 Update

Released on April 20th, 2020

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now Supports In-Region Read Replicas

Starting today, Amazon RDS for SQL Server supports read replicas using Distributed Availability Groups within an AWS Region. Amazon RDS for SQL Server makes it easy to create replicas in the same AWS Region as the primary DB instance by fully managing the configuration of the Distributed Availability Group and maintaining secure network connections between a primary DB instance and its replicas. 

The read replicas feature is supported on SQL Server Enterprise Edition in the Multi-AZ configuration using Always On Availability Groups. This feature allows RDS SQL Server customers to offload their read workload from the primary DB instance to the replica, and also supports the scalability of read-heavy workloads over a farm of up to five read replicas. Read replicas can also render another level of availability by allowing you to promote a given read replica as a new standalone database, in the event of a failure of the primary DB instance. 

Read replica is billed as a standard DB instance, and at the same rates. Just like a standard DB instance, the rate per “DB instance hour” for a read replica is determined by the DB instance class of the read replica. 

To learn more about read replicas please refer to the Amazon RDS User Guide for more details. 

Amazon RDS for SQL Server makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale SQL Server deployments in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for SQL Server Pricing for pricing details and regional availability. 

Amazon RDS now Supports MariaDB 10.4

Amazon RDS for MariaDB now supports MariaDB version 10.4 in all AWS Regions. 10.4 is the latest major version release of MariaDB offering new functionality and enhancements for better performance, reliability, security, and manageability.  

Some of the new features in MariaDB 10.4 include an instant drop column operation, additional authentication capabilities, and a capability to reload new SSL certificates without restarting the server. For more details about the new features in this release please see release notes for MariaDB 10.4

To learn more about Amazon RDS for MariaDB 10.4 and how to upgrade your database instances, please refer to the Amazon RDS User Guide. Launch a new Amazon RDS for MariaDB 10.4 database instance or upgrade your current instance with just a few clicks in the AWS RDS Management Console. See Amazon RDS for MariaDB Pricing for pricing details and regional availability. 

Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Version 19.2

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports 19.2 version of Oracle Application Express (APEX) for 11.2, 12.1, 12.2, 18c and 19c versions of Oracle Database. Using APEX, developers can build applications entirely within their web browser. 

For more details on supported APEX versions and how to add or modify APEX options for your RDS Oracle Database, please refer to the Amazon RDS for Oracle Documentation

Amazon RDS for Oracle makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale Oracle Database deployments in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for Oracle Database Pricing for regional availability. 

Amazon RDS Proxy with PostgreSQL Compatibility (Preview)

Amazon RDS Proxy, a fully managed, highly available database proxy for Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), is now available in preview for Aurora PostgreSQL and RDS PostgreSQL. RDS Proxy makes applications more scalable, more resilient to database failures, and more secure.

Applications communicate with databases by establishing connections, which consume memory and compute resources on the database server. Many applications, including those built on modern serverless architectures, can open a large number of database connections or frequently open and close connections. This can stress the database memory and compute, leading to slower performance and limited application scalability. RDS Proxy sits between your application and its database to pool and share established database connections, improving database efficiency and application scalability. In case of a failure, RDS Proxy automatically connects to a standby database instance while preserving connections from your application and reduces failover times for RDS and Aurora multi-AZ databases by up to 66%. With RDS Proxy, database credentials and access can be managed through AWS Secrets Manager and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), eliminating the need to embed database credentials in application code. 

You can enable RDS Proxy for your RDS database in just a few clicks by going to the Amazon RDS or AWS Lambda console, and get started by pointing your application to the RDS Proxy endpoint. Read our blog, the Amazon RDS Proxy detail page, and the documentation to learn more.

Amazon RDS Proxy is available in preview for Aurora PostgreSQL, RDS PostgreSQL, Aurora MySQL, and RDS MySQL in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU West (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions.  

Amazon RDS now Supports MySQL 8.0 in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports MySQL Community Edition major version 8.0 in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. MySQL 8.0 is the latest major version release and offers new query functionality and enhancements for better performance, reliability, security, manageability, and international and mobile support.

To learn more about Amazon RDS for MySQL 8.0 and how to upgrade your database instances, please refer to the Amazon RDS User Guide. Launch a new Amazon RDS for MySQL 8.0 database instance or upgrade your current instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console.

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now Supports Multifile Native Backups

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now Supports Multifile Native Backups. With this feature, you can back up data from a single database across multiple files, uploading each of them in parallel directly to Amazon S3. This improves the overall backup experience. 

Amazon RDS for SQL Server already supports performing multifile native restores. With the addition of this feature, you can now improve your automation for single-database backups and restores. For more information, please see the Amazon RDS for SQL Server documentation

Amazon RDS for SQL Server makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale SQL Server deployments in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for SQL Server Pricing for pricing details and regional availability.  

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now Supports SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)

Starting today, Amazon RDS for SQL Server supports SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) directly on RDS DB instances. You can run SSAS in the Tabular mode. There is no additional cost to install SSAS directly on your Amazon RDS DB instance. 

If you are currently running SSAS on Amazon EC2, you can now save costs by running SSAS directly on the same RDS DB instance as your SQL Server database. SSAS is currently available on Amazon RDS for SQL Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 in the single-AZ configuration on both the Standard and Enterprise editions. 

Learn more about how to configure SSAS in RDS from this Blog post, and see the Amazon Relational Database Services User Guide for more information. 

Amazon RDS for SQL Server makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale SQL Server deployments in the cloud. See Amazon RDS for SQL Server Pricing for pricing details and regional availability. 

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