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October 29, 2020

Weekly Cloud Provider News – Amazon RDS Managed Disaster Recovery, Microsoft Cloud Data Centers, Oracle Critical Patch Update

Ian Lewis

Each week, we highlight the latest cloud provider news from the industry’s top providers. This week, Amazon RDS for Oracle adds Managed Disaster Recovery, Microsoft will add a data center region in Austria, and Oracle unveils a critical patch update.

  • Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for Oracle now supports Oracle Data Guard physical standby databases, without the need for the expensive Active Data Guard option. These DB instances, which run in mount mode, fully manage the configuration of Oracle Data Guard, and asynchronously replicate data over secured network connections between a primary DB instance and its physical standby. Amazon RDS for Oracle is a PaaS service that is easy to set up, operate, and scale. Read more here.
  • Microsoft plans to add a new cloud data center region in Austria. The new region is anticipated to include Microsoft Azure, with Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. This expansion adds capabilities not just for Azure infrastructure, but options for features such as content delivery networking. Not all Azure capabilities will be immediate but will be fully available in a few months. Learn more here.
  • Oracle unveiled its Critical Patch Update Advisory for October. The advisory helps customers determine which patches are applicable or recommended for their Oracle workloads. CPU patches include fixes to address security flaws in products produced by Oracle, so it is highly recommended to apply the patches as they are released each quarter. CPUs cover all Oracle products, not just their RDBMS software. Get more details here.

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About Ian Lewis

Ian is a Solution Architect specializing in migrating customer workloads into the public cloud. With over 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has worked in government, financial, telecoms, retail and banking sectors with a wide exposure to many different business and technical environments. Prior to joining Navisite, Ian worked at companies ranging from start-ups to Big-5 global consultancies and spent many years as a freelance consultant. Ian's diverse background enables him to understand and deliver genuine value to Navisite's customers. Ian is an AWS certified Solution Architect - Professional and runs Well-Architected Reviews and AWS Immersion days globally. He is based in London.