AWS introduced new updates on December 1 to help organizations better manage and operate cloud databases.
The news arrived during the opening keynote address for the AWS re: Invent conference in Las Vegas by Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President, Amazon AI.
Among the cloud database moves, a new service called Amazon DevOps Guru for RDS, which brings machine learning capabilities to optimize deployment and availability for the Amazon RDS relational database service.
AWS also unveiled new support for SQL server databases as part of Amazon RDS Custom, which allows organizations to have more control over the deployment and configuration of databases. seller also updated the Amazon DynamoDB database with a new option for low-usage data, called Uncommon standard access.
“For DynamoDB, the new pricing tier is a nifty way for customers to save money without having to physically move data to a slower tier,” said Tony Baer, analyst at DbInsight.
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For Gartner analyst Sid Nag, the overall direction AWS is taking with its cloud database portfolio marks the cloud giant’s continued momentum in cloud data management.
“With these announcements, AWS expands and strengthens its position as a database-as-a-service player – which also happens to be the fastest growing market for AWS,” Nag said. “They also provide an optimization engine for lower costs focused on business results.”
During his speech, Sivasubramanian said that the goal of the new Amazon DevOps Guru for RDS service is to be able to send alerts to users about database issues, as well as provide specific advice needed to resolve those issues.
“DevOps Guru for RDS goes beyond just problem finding to actually explaining the causes and recommending fixes for complex database performance issues,” he said.
Sivasubramanian said DevOps Guru for RDS is powered by machine learning models that have been trained on years of operational data from RDS. He added that the service can automatically identify and analyze a wide range of potential issues such as resource conflict and unoptimized data requests.
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With Amazon RDS Custom, Sivasubramanian said that AWS provides organizations with a managed database service for applications that require customization of the database and the underlying operating system.
Amazon RDS Custom was initially released in October 2021, with support for the Oracle database.
AWS is now extending this support to Microsoft SQL Server.
Sivasubramanian noted that some organizations run applications on SQL Server, such as Microsoft Dynamics or Sharepoint, with specific and custom configurations. AWS’s goal with Amazon RDS Custom is to support organizations as they migrate custom database configurations to the cloud, he said.
Sivasubramanian also used his keynote to preview the new AWS Database Migration Service Fleet Advisor.
AWS previously had the Database migration service on the market for five years as a service to help users transition from on-premises databases to cloud databases.
DMS to date has been a service to help migrate only one database at a time. The new Fleet Advisor evolves the service, offering an approach for organizations to automate the migration of a database.
“This will make it much easier for you to modernize your data infrastructure with powerful relational and purpose-built databases,” said Sivasubramanian.