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A Case Study of Tuning Autovacuum in Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL

In a PostgreSQL database, the autovacuum process performs multiple critical maintenance operations. In addition to freezing the transaction ID to prevent it from wraparound, autovacuum also removes dead tuples to recover space usage. For databases with a high volume of write operations, it is recommended that you tune autovacuum to run frequently. Doing this helps […]

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Database Migration

Introducing Ongoing Replication from Amazon RDS for SQL Server Using AWS Database Migration Service

We are excited to announce a new feature in AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS) and Amazon RDS for SQL Server that supports ongoing replication from Amazon RDS for SQL Server sources. AWS DMS helps you migrate databases to AWS quickly and more securely. It also helps you migrate data within AWS. You can migrate […]

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Challenges When Migrating from Oracle to PostgreSQL—and How to Overcome Them

David Rader is the vice president of engineering at OpenSCG. OpenSCG is an AWS Consulting Partner and a leading expert in PostgreSQL, helping customers migrate to, operate, and optimize PostgreSQL and other data platforms on premises and in the cloud. In previous posts, we looked at the overall approach for a successful database migration and […]

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How to Migrate from MySQL to Amazon Aurora using AWS SCT and AWS DMS

MySQL is a great open-source database engine, which a lot of companies use because it’s cost-effective. However, like any other open-source database, it takes a lot of work to get commercial-grade performance out of it. As the size of your database increases, the complexity of scaling and crash recovery in MySQL also increases. Scaling out […]

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Monitor Amazon RDS for MySQL and MariaDB logs with Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon RDS has long offered customers the ability to view and download logs associated with their DB instances for troubleshooting purposes. Now, with Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for MySQL and Amazon RDS for MariaDB you can publish your DB instance log events directly to Amazon CloudWatch Logs. By publishing your logs, you can […]

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Best Practices for Upgrading Amazon RDS for MySQL and Amazon RDS for MariaDB

One key feature of Amazon RDS is that you can easily upgrade a database instance to a new minor or major version of your database engine. You can perform upgrades on demand by using the AWS Management Console or AWS CLI. You can decide to automatically upgrade to a new minor engine version when it […]

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Client-Side Encryption and Decryption of Microsoft SQL Server Backups for Use with Amazon RDS

This blog post walks you through how to securely encrypt a Microsoft SQL Server backup file and restore the encrypted backup to an Amazon RDS for SQL Server instance. You perform this process using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS). This post details the encryption and steps required […]

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Australia Finance Group’s Journey to Cloud Databases

Australia Finance Group (AFG) is one of the largest mortgage aggregators in Australia, according to the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia. AFG migrated their Oracle Siebel Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application to a managed database with Amazon RDS for Oracle. In this blog post, we describe their approach to migrating the database from Oracle […]

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Amazon RDS Under the Hood: Multi-AZ

Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers bet their businesses on their data store and highly available access to it. For these customers, Multi-AZ configurations provide an easy-to-use solution for high availability (HA). When you enable Multi-AZ, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) maintains a redundant and consistent standby copy of your data. If you encounter problems […]

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Part 2 – Role of the DBA When Moving to Amazon RDS: Automation

In Part 1 of this blog series, I talked about how Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) can help change the focus of your role as a database administrator (DBA) from routine, time-consuming tasks to project work that helps the business move faster. In this post, I discuss how you can push that advantage one step further and use AWS tools to do more through automation. An important aspect of being an effective DBA when your business is running at top speed is using code and automation whenever you can. AWS provides tools for you to make this easier.

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