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Category: Amazon RDS

Creating an Amazon CloudWatch dashboard to monitor Amazon RDS and Amazon Aurora MySQL

July 2023: This post was reviewed for accuracy. Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. A highly performant database is key to delivering latency SLAs, so monitoring is critical. Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring and observability service built for DevOps engineers, […]

Optimizing costs in Amazon RDS

July 2023: This post was reviewed for accuracy. One of the key benefits  of AWS is the flexibility to provision the number of resources an application needs and scale up or down as requirements change. This requires monitoring your current resource utilization and having a policy to take actions when required. Without these proactive measures […]

Best practices for working with Amazon Aurora Serverless v1

November 2022: This post was reviewed and updated for accuracy. Amazon Aurora Serverless v1 is an on-demand, auto-scaling configuration for Amazon Aurora. Amazon Aurora Serverless v1 scales instantly from hundreds to hundreds-of-thousands of transactions in a fraction of a second. As it scales, it adjusts capacity in fine-grained increments to provide just the right amount […]

Explore what’s in store for Amazon RDS at re:Invent 2020

Join us at re:Invent 2020, a free 3-week virtual conference, from November 30 to December 18. This year’s virtual conference is going to be the industry event of the year, offering five keynotes, 18 leadership sessions, and unlimited access to hundreds of sessions, including 10 sessions on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). In this […]

Exploring frequently asked questions with AWS Database Solutions Architects

July 2023: This post was reviewed for accuracy. At Amazon, we listen to our customers and work backward from your needs. Our AWS Database Specialist Solutions Architect team helps you architect your database landscape. In this post, we address 11 frequently asked questions with videos from our Database Specialist Solutions Architects. Let’s begin the learning […]

Using Database Mail on Amazon RDS for SQL Server

We’re happy to announce that Amazon RDS for SQL Server now fully supports SQL Server Database Mail. Before this release, you needed to use a variety of work-arounds to enable Database Mail, such as using linked servers. With the release of Database Mail for SQL Server, you can enable Database Mail seamlessly by using database parameter groups. Database Mail is one of the heavily used features in Microsoft SQL Server. Database Mail enables you to send messages from the SQL Server to users by using a Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) server. In this post, you learn how to configure Database Mail and send emails from an RDS for SQL Server DB instance via Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES).

Migrating your SQL Server database to Amazon RDS for SQL Server using AWS DMS

This post provides a solution for migrating your on-premises SQL Server database to Amazon RDS for SQL Server using the SQL Server backup and restore method in conjunction with AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS) to minimize downtime. This method is useful when you have to migrate the database code objects, including views, stored procedures, and functions, as part of the database migration.

Best practices for configuring performance parameters for Amazon RDS for SQL Server

This post discusses how to fine-tune some parameters in Amazon RDS for SQL Server to improve the performance of critical database systems. The recommended values are applicable to most environments; however, you can tune them further to fit your specific workloads. We recommend changing one or two parameters at a time and monitoring them to see the impact.

Design patterns to access cross-account secrets stored in AWS Secrets Manager

This post discusses cross-account design options and considerations for managing Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) secrets that are stored in AWS Secrets Manager. Amazon RDS is a managed service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database on AWS. Secrets Manager helps you securely store, encrypt, manage, rotate, and […]