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February 26, 2020

Top AWS Product Announcements- Week 5

Tom Monk

Hello everyone! Here’s an update on recent news from the AWS blog. These are our picks for the most important recent developments. This week, AWS Identity and Access Management unveils a new control, Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports January 2020 Oracle Patch Set Updates (PSU) and Release Updates (RU), and Amazon RDS on VMware can now report disconnected status. It’s a quick read, and you can always click on the links below for more information.

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) introduced a new control for requests that AWS services make on your behalf. For example, using the new control, you can grant your IAM principals the ability to launch Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances (but only through AWS CloudFormation) without granting direct access to EC2. Read more here.

Why it matters: A primary governance and security requirement in the cloud is controlling access to the resources within the AWS account. This enhancement furthers the ability to control who has access to data sources, and who can create, remove or modify resources, as well as limit access to the IAM layer within your AWS account.

Amazon RDS for Oracle now supports the January 2020 Patch Set Updates (PSU) for Oracle Database 11.2 and 12.1, and January 2020 Release Update (RU) for Oracle Database 12.2, 18c and 19c. Get more details here.

Why it matters: Ensuring databases are running to the highest support patch levels is a best practice. With these patch releases, customers can ensure their RDS for Oracle instances are running with the latest functional, technical and security updates.

Amazon RDS on VMware is enhancing custom AZ status to include a new state: disconnected.

This new status indicates that the connection between the AWS region and a custom AZ is disrupted. Learn more here.

Why it matters: This new status enables closer and more accurate monitoring of a customer’s VMWare estate, leading to higher availability and improved operations.

If you have any questions about these product updates and how they can optimize your AWS environment, please contact us at You can also get our weekly AWS product updates delivered right to your inbox by subscribing here.

We’ll be back next week with another update! 

About Tom Monk

Tom is a Solution Architect specializing in migrating enterprise workloads to public cloud. Drawing on his years of experience in a variety of consulting roles as a Systems Integrator and on a strong technical background, Tom seeks to modernize and simplify traditional monolithic enterprise workloads and deliver value to Navisite's customers by helping them find the right cloud platform. Tom is an AWS certified Professional Solution Architect and the Well-Architected Lead at Navisite. He is based in London and holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Essex.

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