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Amazon RDS July 2019 Update

Released on July 26th, 2019

Amazon RDS for Oracle M5 and T3 Instances Types are Now Available in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD, and the AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet

You can now launch M5 and T3 instance types when using Amazon RDS for Oracle in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD, and the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet.  

Amazon EC2 M5 instances are the next generation of Amazon EC2 General Purpose compute instances. M5 instances offer a balance of compute, memory and networking resources for a broad range of database workloads. M5 instances are powered by 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon Scalable processors and deliver improved price/performance compared to M4 instances.  

Amazon EC2 T3 instances are the next generation of the Amazon Burstable Performance instance types. 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.  

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

For information on pricing and regional availability, please refer to Amazon RDS Pricing

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Supports New Minor Versions 11.4, 10.9, 9.6.14, 9.5.18, and 9.4.23

Following the recent announcement of updates to the PostgreSQL database, Amazon has updated Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL to support PostgreSQL minor versions. This release contains an important security fix and also bug fixes and improvements done by the PostgreSQL community. 

With this release, pg_hint_plan extension has been updated for PostgreSQL versions 11, 10, 9.6 and 9.5.

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale PostgreSQL deployments in the cloud. Learn more about upgrading your database instances from the Amazon RDS User Guide. See Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Pricing for pricing details and regional availability.

Amazon RDS Introduces Compatibility Checks for Upgrades from MySQL 5.7 to MySQL 8.0

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) now performs checks to confirm compatibility of your MySQL 5.7 database with MySQL 8.0, and stops the upgrade if incompatibilities are found.  

RDS automatically looks for incompatibilities when you initiate an upgrade from MySQL 5.7 to 8.0. This capability helps you avoid unplanned downtimes, as the compatibility checks are performed before the instance is stopped for the upgrade. RDS sends you an RDS event notification whenever an incompatible upgrade is detected. You can review the PrePatchCompatibility log file generated by RDS for detailed information on each incompatibility and take actions to correct it.

Read more about database upgrade prechecks in Amazon's documentation. To initiate an upgrade from MySQL 5.7 to 8.0, visit the RDS console or download the latest AWS SDK or CLI.

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