Posted On: May 3, 2021

Starting today Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now support Amazon RDS Encrypted Cross-Region Automated Backups. This feature extends the existing RDS backup functionality, giving you the ability to set up automatic replication of system snapshots and transaction logs from a primary AWS Region to a secondary AWS Region. These backups are encrypted using an AWS KMS customer master key in the destination Region.

The Amazon RDS Encrypted Cross-Region Automated Backups feature enables disaster recovery capability for mission-critical databases by providing you the ability to restore your database to a specific point in time within your backup retention period. This allows you to quickly resume operations in the event that the primary AWS Region becomes unavailable.

Amazon RDS for Oracle supports this feature for versions 12.1 (starting from and higher for customers who use any Edition of Oracle Database with the License Included or Bring Your Own License models. Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL supports it for versions 9.6 and higher. You can now use this feature between us-east-1 and us-west-2, eu-central-1 and eu-west-1, and ap-northeast-1 and ap-northeast-3.

Pricing is comprised of the storage for snapshots and the data transfer of the snapshots and the transaction logs. Data transfer between the primary AWS Region to a secondary AWS Region is billed based on the data transfer rates of the applicable AWS Regions. See Amazon RDS for Oracle Pricing and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL Pricing for up-to-date pricing of instances, storage, data transfer, and regional availability for each of the engines.

Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database on AWS. To learn more about Amazon RDS Cross-Region Automated Backups, please visit the documentation page.