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Monitor budgets better with new AWS Budgets console UI

This post looks at top AWS updates from the week including new AWS Config resource types, an Aurora PostgreSQL update & new AWS Budgets UI.

Jun 08, 2023 • 5 Minute Read

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Welcome to your curated summary of top news from Amazon Web Services. In AWS news this week, we’ve got some great announcements for you. AWS Config new resource types, C6gn instance types available in new regions, and Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL now supports zero-downtime updates. Also, improvements to the AWS Budgets console that make viewing budgets easier than ever. Let’s dive in! 

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15 new resource types for AWS Config

After deploying resources to AWS, you might think you need to watch your resources 24/7 to make sure the configuration you deployed doesn’t change. But, before you build a system that watches your resource configurations all day and all night, take a breather! AWS already has the service that will do that for you. AWS Config continuously monitors resource configurations and can even respond to configuration changes based on rules that you define.

There are already dozens of resources you can monitor with AWS Config, and now, there are 15 more. Among the new resources that you can monitor with AWS Config are SageMaker models, Elastic Load Balancer Listeners; AWS Workspaces; and Route53 Resolver Rules.

So if you want to keep a continuous eye on a variety of resource configurations, do it with AWS Config.

Access EC2 C6gn instances in four new regions

AWS continues to expand the availability of Arm-based instances, and this week more regions are being added for C6gn instance types. The C6g instances are powered by Arm-based Graviton-2 processors. And the C6gn instance types provide up to 100 Gigabits per second networking capability along with Elastic Fabric Adapter support.

These are perfect for high-performance computing, network appliances, real-time video communication, and data analytics. And now, the C6gn instance type is available in the Paris and Milan regions of Europe, the Seoul region of Asia Pacific, and the Bahrain region in the Middle East. With this regional expansion, C6gn instances are now available in 19 regions around the world. 

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Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL zero-downtime patching

When it comes to database engines, using Amazon Aurora is like getting a database — with a database administrator included. As a part of the Amazon Relational Database service, Aurora provides Low-Latency Read Replicas, automatic failovers, and much more. Now, Amazon Aurora are making updates even more seamless and easy.

Amazon Aurora, PostgreSQL edition, now supports zero-downtime patching, allowing you to update your database version or apply patches without losing client connections. When the database engine restarts, all client connections are preserved, so you can keep your databases up to date without missing a beat. So the next time you need to update your database version, downtime will be one less thing to worry about. 

Interface updates for the AWS Budget console

Have you ever started a service in AWS and forgotten to turn it off? Maybe the only thing that reminded you to stop the service was the bill you got at the end of the month? No judgement here, because I’ve done that myself, and it was the lesson I needed to start using AWS Budgets.

AWS Budgets let you track your actual and estimated usage right from the console. Recent improvements to AWS Budgets now let you efficiently manage multiple budgets with ease. You can now use a split view to see all of your budgets as a list and the details of a selected budget at the same time. If you need to quickly view multiple budgets, in-page navigation lets you move to the next or previous budget without having to refresh the page.

And don’t think you're limited to tracking costs with AWS Budgets! You can also track resource usage and get notified if any of your budgets exceed actual or estimated thresholds. 

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