Read our blog for the latest insights on sales and marketing Take Me There

Webinar: Document Merge in wMobile Desktop for GoldMine Register

Amazon RDS February 2019 Update

Released on February 26th, 2019

Performance Insights Supports T2 and T3 Instance Types

Amazon RDS Performance Insights, an advanced database performance monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance challenges on Amazon RDS databases, supports t2 and t3 instance types.  Support for t2 and t3 instance classes is available on RDS for PostgreSQL and Oracle, selected t3 and t2 instance classes on RDS for MySQL and t3 instance classes on Aurora PostgreSQL. For details on the supported versions, see Performance Insights documentation for Aurora and RDS.

Performance Insights allows both experts and non-experts to detect performance problems with a powerful easy-to-understand dashboard that visualizes database load. You can get started by logging into the Amazon RDS Management Console, enabling Performance Insights for a new or existing database instance, and viewing the Performance Insights dashboard. The Amazon Web Services API and SDK make it easy to integrate Performance Insights data into on-premises and third-party monitoring tools.

Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale database deployments in the cloud. For more information about Performance Insights, please visit the product page. For regional availability of Performance Insights see the Performance Insights pricing page.

Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports Amazon S3 Integration For Data Ingress and Egress Capabilities

Starting today, Amazon Relational Database (RDS) for Oracle supports integration with Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) for data ingress and egress capabilities. This feature allows RDS Oracle customers to easily, efficiently and securely transfer data between their RDS Oracle DB Instances and Amazon S3. 

Previously, data transfers from an RDS Oracle DB Instance required an additional DB Instance and a networking link between the two DB Instances. With Amazon S3 Integration, you can now use the RDS Oracle DB instance to transfer files to or from Amazon S3 using new RDS Oracle procedures.

With Amazon S3 Integration, you can perform data ingress with Oracle Data Pump to migrate workloads into your RDS Oracle DB Instance. After exporting your data from your source instance, you upload your Data Pump files to your Amazon S3 bucket. You can then copy the files from your S3 bucket to the RDS Oracle host and finally use the DBMS_DATAPUMP package to import your data into the target RDS Oracle DB Instance.  

With Amazon S3 Integration, you can also perform data egress out of your RDS Oracle DB instance. First, back up the data locally on the RDS Oracle host. This local backup can either be an Oracle RMAN backup or Oracle Data Pump export of the database. Once these files are created locally, you can copy the files to the S3 bucket. Optionally, you can move these backups from Amazon S3 to Amazon S3 Glacier for long term storage that complements your automated backup strategy. By using this method, you can satisfy regulatory requirements for storing database backups in an off-site location and, at the same time, cost effectively support your long-term retention policies.

Amazon S3 Integration supports both Oracle Data Pump and Oracle RMAN for data egress. Amazon S3 Integration also allows Oracle Data Pump for data ingress. Data is encrypted at rest using Amazon S3 server-side encryption, which can use Amazon S3 provided keys or your own encryption keys provided via AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Data is encrypted in transit as well.

Amazon S3 Integration for RDS Oracle is free and is supported in all commercial regions where Amazon RDS for Oracle is available. To learn more, please visit the Integrating Amazon RDS for Oracle and Amazon S3 documentation page.

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

Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB Now Support R5 Instance Types

You can now launch R5 instance types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL and Amazon RDS for MariaDBAmazon EC2 R5 instances are the next generation of Amazon EC2 memory optimized instances. R5 instances are based on the Amazon EC2 Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and lightweight hypervisor which delivers practically all of the compute and memory resources of the host hardware to your database instance.

With a 1:8 vCPU to memory ratio, R5 instances are well suited for running memory intensive database workloads including transaction processing, data warehousing, and analytics. R5 instances introduce a new larger instance size, r5.24xlarge, which provides 96 vCPUs and 768GiB of memory per instance. Depending on your workload, you may be able to achieve up to a 39% performance boost with R5 instances compared to R4 instances.

You can scale up to the new instance types by modifying your existing DB instance in the AWS RDS Management Console. Refer to the Amazon RDS User Guide for more details.

Review the Amazon RDS pricing page for pricing and regional availability.

Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB Now Support T3 Instance Types

You can now launch T3 instance types when using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for MySQL and Amazon RDS for MariaDBAmazon EC2 T3 instances are the next generation burstable general-purpose instance type that provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst CPU usage for any period of time, whenever and however long required.

T3 instances offer a balance of compute, memory, and network resources and are ideal for database workloads with moderate CPU usage that experience temporary spikes in use. T3 instances accumulate CPU credits when a workload is operating below the baseline. Each earned CPU credit provides the T3 instance the opportunity to burst with the performance of a full CPU core for a minute. Amazon RDS T3 instances are configured for Unlimited Mode, which means they can burst beyond the baseline over a 24-hour window for an additional charge. 

You can scale up to the new instance types by modifying your existing DB instance in the AWS RDS Management Console. Refer to the Amazon RDS User Guide for more details.

Review the Amazon RDS pricing page for pricing details and regional availability.

Performance Insights Now Supports Counter Metrics on Amazon RDS for MySQL, RDS for PostgreSQL, and Aurora MySQL

Amazon RDS Performance Insights, an advanced database performance monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance challenges on Amazon RDS databases, now supports additional counter metrics on Amazon RDS for MySQLRDS for PostgreSQL, and Aurora MySQL-compatible edition in addition to Aurora PostgreSQL-compatible edition. With counter metrics, you can customize the Performance Insights dashboard to include up to 10 additional graphs that show a selection from dozens of operating system and database performance metrics. Counter metrics provide additional information that can be correlated with the database load chart to help identify performance issues and analyze performance.

Amazon database load

For example, the above diagram shows how we correlate the transactional commit rate metric with the database load chart to help analyze the throughput of the database.

For more information about Amazon RDS Performance Insights, please visit the product page. For regional availability, see the Performance Insights pricing page..

Amazon RDS for Oracle Supports Oracle Application Express (APEX) Versions 18.1 and 18.2

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports 18.1 and 18.2 versions of Oracle Application Express (APEX) for the Oracle Database versions 11.2, 12.1 and 12.2. 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 for Oracle Now Supports January 2019 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) and Release Updates (RU)

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports the January 2019 Patch Set Updates (PSU) for Oracle Database 11.2 and 12.1. Oracle PSU contains critical security updates and other important updates. Beginning with Oracle Database version 12.2.0.1, Amazon RDS for Oracle supports Release Updates (RU) in place of the PSU. To learn more about the Oracle PSUs supported on Amazon RDS, visit the Amazon RDS patch update documentation.

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

« Back to Releases

Trustpilot