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April 24, 2017

Amazon RDS now enables you to use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to manage database access for Amazon RDS for MySQL DB instances and Amazon Aurora DB clusters.

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The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

February 27, 2017

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now includes support for forced SSL connections. Customers can now use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to enforce encrypted connections between their client applications and Amazon RDS DB instances running Microsoft SQL Server.

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The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

January 26, 2017

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports outbound network access with custom DNS Servers. You can now enable your database to communicate with external servers and send emails using the utl_smtp package with a custom DNS server. 

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The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

January 23, 2017

You can easily create cross-region read replicas for your Amazon RDS for MariaDB, MySQL and PostgreSQL database instances encrypted at rest with AWS Key Management Service (KMS).

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The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

January 10, 2017

Amazon Relational Database Service has received a Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) at the FedRAMP High Baseline within the AWS GovCloud (US) region for the Amazon RDS MySQL, Oracle and PostgreSQL services.

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The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

December 20, 2016

Migrate your Amazon RDS for MySQL version 5.6 database snapshots to an RDS for MariaDB 10.1 database instance with a few clicks in the AWS Management Console.

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The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

December 20, 2016

You can now copy your encrypted DB snapshots between accounts and across multiple regions as seamlessly as unencrypted snapshots.

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The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

December 12, 2016

The Oracle October 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) are now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. To learn more about Oracle PSUs supported on RDS, visit the RDS patch update documentation.

The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

December 05, 2016

Your Amazon RDS for Oracle Database Instance can now send emails using utl_smtp package and communicate with external Web Servers and TCP/IP-based servers using utl_http and utl_tcp packages. To learn more about using this feature, refer to Amazon RDS for Oracle documentation.

The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

November 29, 2016

AWS has expanded its HIPAA compliance program to include Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. You can now use Amazon Aurora or RDS for PostgreSQL databases to build your HIPAA-compliant applications and store healthcare related information, including protected health information (PHI) under an executed Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with AWS.

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The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

November 11, 2016

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports the next major release of the PostgreSQL open source database, version 9.6.1. New features include parallel query, phrase search, and improvements to performance and usability. With this release, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL also supports the bloom and pg_visibility extensions.

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The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

November 07, 2016

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2016 for Express, Web, Standard and Enterprise Editions. You can now leverage SQL Server 2016 features such as Query Store, Operational Analytics, Temporal Tables, Always Encrypted and JSON Support on your Amazon RDS SQL Server Instances.

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The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

November 02, 2016

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports major version upgrade from 11g to 12c.

To upgrade your existing RDS for Oracle instances running 11g (11.2.0.4) to 12c(12.1.0.2.v5) with just a few clicks from "Modify DB Instance Wizard" in the AWS Management Console, select the appropriate DB Engine version (12.1.0.2.v5).

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The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

October 18, 2016

AWS Lambda lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers or worrying about scalability. Now you can invoke Lambda functions directly from within an Aurora database via stored procedures or user-defined functions.

Amazon S3 is a highly-durable and cost effective storage that allows many different data ingestion methods to migrate your data to AWS. Now you can load data stored in an S3 bucket directly into an Aurora database table.

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The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

September 20, 2016

To learn more about how to use UTL_Mail with Amazon RDS for Oracle, visit the RDS UTL_MAIL documentation. To learn more about Oracle PSUs supported on RDS, visit the RDS patch update documentation.

The Oracle July 2016 Patch Set Updates (PSU) is now available for Amazon RDS for Oracle. 

September 19, 2016

Amazon RDS SQL Server now supports Local Time Zones. You can now set the time zone for your Amazon RDS for SQL Server instances to the local time zone for your application.

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September 14, 2016

Starting today, you can take advantage of several new enhancements to Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. These include new minor versions (9.3.14, 9.4.9 and 9.5.2), support for logical replication, event triggers, and the ability to use RDS for PostgreSQL as a source for AWS Database Migration Service.

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September 8, 2016

You can now connect to all the read replicas in your Amazon Aurora cluster through a single reader end poin to provide high availability for your read-only queries. The reader endpoint also load-balances connections to the Aurora Replicas in the DB cluster.

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September 8, 2016

You can now use the Oracle Label Security (OLS) option to control access to individual table rows in your Amazon RDS DB instances running Oracle 12c. With the Oracle Label Security option, you can enforce regulatory compliance with a policy-based administration model, and ensure that an access to sensitive data is restricted to only users with the appropriate clearance level.

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September 1, 2016

You can now use the Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) Cloud Control to manage multiple Amazon RDS for Oracle database instances. The OEM Cloud Control offers a solution that allows you to monitor and manage the complete Oracle IT infrastructure from a single console.

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August 5, 2016

You can now run Oracle Standard Edition Two (SE2) as a License Included offering on Amazon RDS and can also upgrade existing Standard Edition (SE) and Standard Edition One (SE1) instances in database version 12.1.0.1 to Standard Edition Two (SE2) using either the AWS Management Console or API.

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August 4, 2016

You can now easily change the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) used by your Amazon RDS DB instance. You can specify a new VPC for an existing DB instance deployed in Single-AZ configuration by using the Amazon RDS Management Console, the Amazon RDS API, or the AWS Command Line Tools. In addition, if you are running your DB instance on the EC2-Classic environment, you can switch to the EC2-VPC environment by modifying your existing DB instance.

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July 27, 2016

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports SQL Server Native Backup/Restore using Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). You can now take database level backups as SQL Server backup files (.bak) and store them in your Amazon S3 bucket. You can export a full backup of your on-premises database, store it in S3 and then use the custom stored procedures offered by RDS to restore that backup to an existing RDS instance.  

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July 21, 2016

You can now record changes to the configuration of your RDS database instances, subnet groups, snapshots, security groups and event subscriptions using AWS Config, and use that to follow compliance practices and enhance security by auditing these changes.

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June 30, 2016

You can now restore an encrypted Amazon Aurora cluster from an unencrypted backup. You can choose any existing KMS key or create a new key to encrypt the new database.

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June 16, 2016

You can now use the Oracle Repository Creation Utility (RCU) 12c to create schemas for Fusion Middleware components on Amazon RDS for Oracle. This feature is available with new Amazon RDS Oracle 12c and 11g database versions "11.2.0.4.v8", "12.1.0.1.v5" and "12.1.0.2.v4". These versions include the April 2016 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU). The “11.2.0.4.v8” and “12.1.0.2.v4” versions include the recommended database patches for Oracle GoldenGate.

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June 15, 2016

You can now quickly create cross-region read replicas for your unencrypted Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL database instances with just a few clicks on the AWS Management Console. You can use this feature to reduce read latency for your customers in different geographic locations, to create a backup of your primary database for disaster recovery purposes, or quickly migrate your database to a different AWS Region.

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June 9, 2016

Amazon RDS now offers Multi-AZ support for Amazon RDS for SQL Server in three new regions - Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and South America (Sao Paulo) AWS Regions. This high availability option leverages SQL Server Mirroring technology with additional improvements to meet the requirements of enterprise-grade production workloads running on SQL Server. The Multi-AZ deployment option provides enhanced availability and data durability by automatically replicating database updates between two AWS Availability Zones.  

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June 6, 2016

In March this year, we launched Windows Authentication support for RDS for SQL Server in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS Region. Today we have added this feature to our EU Central (Frankfurt) region as well.

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June 1, 2016

You can now launch MariaDB version 10.1 instances on Amazon RDS. You can also upgrade your existing Amazon RDS for MariaDB database instances from version 10.0 to 10.1 using either the console or API.

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May 27, 2016

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports Enhanced Monitoring which gives you near-real time access to a set of 56 system metrics and per process metrics for your instance.

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May 18, 2016

Starting today, you can share your Amazon Aurora snapshots with another AWS account, or make your snapshots publicly available. You can privately share your database snapshots with up to 20 AWS accounts by selecting "Share Snapshots" on the RDS console and choosing the "Private" option. You can also make your snapshot available to all AWS users by selecting the "Public" option.

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May 6, 2016

Recently, Oracle officially certified their suite of Siebel CRM applications to operate on Amazon Web Services infrastructure. Today, we released a tutorial for guiding you through the setup of Amazon RDS for Oracle as the database backend of your Siebel CRM application.

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May 4, 2016

Enhanced Monitoring provides a comprehensive set of 56 system metrics and aggregated process information at granularity of up to 1 second. You can visualize the metrics on the RDS console and also integrate them with CloudWatch and third-party applications.

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Apr. 27, 2016

The MariaDB audit plug-in is now available for RDS MySQL (5.6.29 and 5.7.11) and RDS MariaDB 10.0.24 instances. The MariaDB audit plug-in provides event logging for database activity to help customers meet corporate compliance requirements and troubleshoot application issues.

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Apr. 26, 2016

Starting today, customers can upgrade their existing Amazon RDS for MySQL database instances from any supported minor version of MySQL 5.6 to 5.7.11 using either the console or API.

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Apr. 22, 2016

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports Enhanced Monitoring which gives you near-real time access to a set of 26 system metrics and per process metrics for your instance.

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Apr. 8, 2016

Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now supports major version 9.5, which contains several new features including UPSERT capability, Row Level Security (RLS) and several Big Data capabilities. In addition to supporting the new major version of PostgreSQL, 9.5, RDS for PostgreSQL also supports new minor versions 9.4.7 and 9.3.12, which contain several enhancements and fixes.

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April 1, 2016

You can now view Amazon Aurora clusters on the RDS console. Managing multiple clusters in your fleet is easier as the cluster view allows you to modify and delete clusters as well as manage the Aurora instances on them. For more information on the cluster view and APIs, read the Amazon Aurora User Guide. To know more about Amazon Aurora, visit our product page

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April 1, 2016

You can now launch new Oracle 12c and 11g database versions "11.2.0.4v7", "12.1.0.1.v4" and "12.1.0.2.v3" that include the January 2016 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU). In the new versions, we also increased the limit on number of custom Oracle directories to 10,000 and enabled re-granting of read privileges on Oracle dump directories.

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Mar. 30, 2016

Amazon RDS now offers Multi-AZ support for Amazon RDS for SQL Server in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Region. This new high availability option leverages SQL Server Mirroring technology with additional improvements to meet the requirements of enterprise-grade production workloads running on SQL Server. The Multi-AZ deployment option provides enhanced availability and data durability by automatically replicating database updates between two AWS Availability Zones. Availability Zones are physically separate locations with independent infrastructure engineered to be insulated from failures in other Availability Zones.

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Mar. 30, 2016

Amazon Aurora is now available to customers in AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul) region. Amazon Aurora is a MySQL-compatible relational database management system (RDBMS) that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Amazon Aurora provides up to five times better performance than MySQL at a price point one tenth that of a high-end commercial RDBMS while delivering similar performance and availability.

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Mar. 25, 2016

Starting today, we are extending the RDS Service Level Agreement ("SLA") that covers Multi-AZ instances for MySQL, Oracle, and PostgreSQL to include Amazon RDS for MariaDB.

The RDS SLA affirms that AWS will use commercially reasonable efforts to make Multi-AZ instances of Amazon RDS available with a Monthly Uptime Percentage of at least 99.95% during any monthly billing cycle. In the event Amazon RDS does not meet the Monthly Uptime Percentage commitment, affected customers will be eligible to receive a service credit.

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Mar. 25, 2016

Starting today, Amazon RDS supports two new features for RDS for PostgreSQL database instances: the option to enforce only SSL connections to your instance, and near-realtime access to a set of 56 system and process metrics for your instance.

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Mar. 23, 2016

Amazon RDS for SQL Server now supports authentication using the Windows Authentication method. You can now enable your applications to authenticate against Amazon RDS for SQL Server using credentials stored in the AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition).

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