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Amazon RDS March 2020 Update

Released on March 10th, 2020

AWS License Manager now  Allows You to Track Oracle Database Licenses on Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)

You can now track ‘Bring-your-own-license’ (BYOL) usage by your Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle database instances with AWS License Manager. You can leverage License Manager to centrally track usage of your Oracle database licenses based on your license agreement terms and thus reduce the risk of non-compliance, misreporting, and additional costs due to licensing overages.

AWS License Manager makes it easier to bring your existing software licenses from vendors such as Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and IBM to AWS, and centrally manage these licenses across AWS and on-premises environments. AWS License Manager is offered at no additional charges. See the AWS Region Table for the list of all regions where License Manager is currently available. Visit the AWS License Manager web pagedocumentation, and frequently asked questions to learn more.  

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.  

You can now configure License Manager to help you automatically track licenses of Oracle database engine editions, options and packs; as you grow your database footprint on Amazon RDS.

RDS MySQL and MariaDB Increase Maximum Storage Size for R5 Instances

You can now create Amazon RDS for MySQL and Amazon RDS for MariaDB database instances with up to 64TB of storage when using R5 instance types. Previously, R5 instances supported 16TB of storage. The new storage limit is available when using the Provisioned IOPS (IO1) and General Purpose (GP2) storage types.

Larger database sizes allow transactional databases and data warehouses to support larger workloads on a single Amazon RDS instance, without having to shard the data across multiple instances. Learn more by visiting the Storage for Amazon RDS documentation.

Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB make it easy to set up, operate, and scale database deployments in the cloud. The new storage limits are available in all AWS Regions. Please visit Amazon RDS for MySQL Pricing and Amazon RDS for MariaDB Pricing for a full list.

Amazon RDS Performance Insights Supports Amazon RDS for MySQL Version 8.0

Amazon RDS Performance Insights now supports Amazon RDS on MySQL Version 8.0. Amazon RDS Performance Insights is a database performance tuning and monitoring feature of RDS that helps you quickly assess the load on your database and determine when and where to take action.  

Previously, gathering performance data on a database required configuration and maintenance of monitoring applications and related resources. Correlating performance data took hours without specialized expertise. 

RDS Performance Insights allows non-experts to measure database performance with an easy-to-understand dashboard that visualizes database load. With one click, you can add a fully managed performance monitoring solution to your Amazon Aurora clusters and Amazon RDS instances. RDS Performance Insights automatically gathers all metrics and visualizes them in a dynamic dashboard on the RDS console. You can identify your database’s top performance bottlenecks from a single graph.  

To get started, log into the Amazon RDS Management Console and enable RDS Performance Insights when creating or modifying an instance of a supported RDS engine. Then go to the RDS Performance Insights dashboard to start monitoring performance. 

RDS Performance Insights is included with supported Amazon Aurora clusters and Amazon RDS instances and stores seven days of performance history in a rolling window at no additional cost. If you need longer-term retention, you can choose to pay for up to two years of performance history retention. For a complete list of regions where RDS Performance Insights is offered, see AWS Regions. To learn more about RDS Performance Insights and supported database engines, read the Amazon RDS User Guide

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