AWS Database Blog

Category: Database

Manage databases through custom skills with Amazon Alexa and AWS Systems Manager

Over the years, customers have used Amazon Alexa voice commands to order supplies, listen to music, support meetings, manage home devices, and get weather and news updates. But what about AWS resource management? AWS managed and fully managed services already reduces your administrative tasks, letting you focus your resources on applications. Now, voice interaction can […]

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Automated query caching into Amazon ElastiCache for Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora and Amazon Redshift

This is a guest blog post by Erik Brandsberg, CTO at Heimdall Data, in partnership with AWS Technical Evangelist Darin Briskman. Heimdall Data is an AWS Advanced Technology partner who in their own words “offers a database proxy on the AWS Marketplace that supports SQL query caching into Amazon ElastiCache for Redis without code changes. […]

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Best storage practices for running production workloads on hosted databases with Amazon RDS or Amazon EC2

AWS offers multiple options to host your databases serving OLTP workloads – host your own managed database on Amazon EC2 instances or use Amazon RDS managed by AWS. RDS manages high availability, automated backups, database upgrades, OS patches, security, and read replica. RDS also offers the cloud-native option Amazon Aurora database engine, which is compatible […]

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Import Amazon RDS Performance Insights counter metrics to Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon RDS Performance Insights is a feature that monitors Amazon RDS database instances so that you can analyze and troubleshoot database performance. You can view Performance Insights data in the AWS Management Console. Alternatively, Performance Insights provides a public API so that you can query your own data. You can use this API to ingest […]

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Use the Data API to interact with an Amazon Aurora Serverless MySQL database

Amazon Aurora Serverless is an on-demand, automatically scaling configuration for Amazon Aurora (MySQL-compatible edition). The database automatically starts up, shuts down, and scales capacity based on your application’s needs. It enables you to run your database in the cloud without managing any database instances. It’s a simple, cost-effective option for infrequent, intermittent, or unpredictable workloads. Recently, AWS announced […]

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Select the right encryption options for Amazon RDS and Amazon Aurora database engines

Customers are increasingly choosing to encrypt their AWS Cloud databases and data stores by default. This trend is only gaining speed with the evolving meaning of sensitive data (personally identifiable information [PII], etc.) within various regulatory frameworks. Customers also ask AWS for guidance on how to best adopt the latest database encryption options, while maintaining […]

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Right-size Amazon RDS instances at scale based on Oracle performance metrics

Enterprise customers who are currently running on-premises, mission-critical applications on commercial databases are looking for cost-efficient, managed database service offerings. Amazon RDS is one of the target platforms for the relational database workload migration. RDS provides resizable capacity and manages time-consuming and undifferentiated heavy lifting administration tasks. For large-scale database migrations, there is a need […]

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Build a real-time gaming leaderboard with Amazon ElastiCache for Redis

Gaming leaderboards enable players to gauge their performance against each other. This important social feature increases players’ engagement and encourages competition. Leaderboard data can also inform in-game algorithms that match players against competitors of similar skill levels. In this post, I explore the challenges around building and scaling gaming leaderboards using traditional relational databases. I […]

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Configure Amazon ElastiCache for Redis for higher availability

Amazon ElastiCache has become synonymous with real-time applications. Redis’ high performance, simplicity, and support for diverse data structures have made it one of the most popular non-relational key value stores. With the growth of business-critical, real-time use cases on Redis, ensuring availability becomes an important consideration. To provide high availability, Amazon ElastiCache for Redis supports […]

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