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Amazon RDS March 2019 Update

Released on March 29th, 2019

Amazon RDS Adds support for MySQL Versions 5.7.25, 5.7.24, and MariaDB Version 10.2.21

Amazon RDS now supports MySQL Community Edition minor versions 5.7.25 and 5.7.24, and MariaDB minor version 10.2.21 in all AWS regions. These new minor versions include functionality improvements and fixes.

Refer the release notes for details:

Get started by launching a new Amazon RDS database instance or upgrading your current instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. Learn more about upgrading your database instances from the Amazon RDS User Guide.

PostgreSQL 11 now Supported in Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS now supports PostgreSQL major version 11. PostgreSQL 11 includes major improvements to partitioning, improvements to parallelism, and many other useful performance improvements like adding columns with a non-null column default faster. This version includes SQL stored procedures that allow embedded transactions within a procedure.

With this releasepgaudit has been updated to 1.3.0, pg_hint_plan to 1.3.2, pglogical to 2.2.1, PLV8 to 2.3.8, PostGIS to 2.5.1, prefix to 1.2.8, and wal2json to hash 9e962ba.

To use the new version, you can create a new Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instance with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console.

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

Amazon RDS for Oracle Now Supports In-Region Read Replicas with Active Data Guard for Read Scalability and Availability

Starting today, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle supports Read Replicas with Active Data Guard. Amazon RDS for Oracle makes it easy to create the replicas in the same AWS Region as the primary DB instance by fully managing the configuration of Active Data Guard, and maintaining secure network connections between a primary DB instance and its replicas.

The Read Replicas feature is supported for RDS Oracle customers who are using the Bring Your Own License model with Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and have licensed the Active Data Guard Option. This feature allows RDS Oracle customers to offload their read workload from the primary DB Instance, and also supports the scalability of read workloads over a farm of up to five read replicas. The 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.

A 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.

This feature is supported in all commercial regions where Amazon RDS for Oracle is available, except in the Stockholm and Ningxia regions. To learn more, please visit the In-region Oracle Read Replicas 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 up-to-date pricing and regional availability.

Performance Insights is Generally Available on Amazon RDS for MariaDB

Amazon RDS Performance Insights, an advanced database performance monitoring feature that makes it easy to diagnose and solve performance challenges on Amazon RDS databases, is generally available on Amazon RDS for MariaDB. It offers a free tier with 7 days of data retention and a paid long-term data retention option.  

Performance Insights allows experts as well non-experts to detect performance problems with an easy-to-understand dashboard that visualizes database load. Along with support for RDS for MariaDB, Performance Insights supports Amazon AuroraRDS for PostgreSQLMySQLSQL Server, and Oracle.

Amazon RDS data base 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. For more information as well as supported versions, visit the documentation.

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.

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