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In this section of the AWS Certified: SAP on AWS Specialty learning path, we introduce you to the various Database services currently available in AWS that are relevant to the PAS-C01 exam.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe the AWS-managed Relational Database Service
  • Design highly available and resilient SAP database architectures using Amazon RDS


The AWS Certified: SAP on AWS Specialty certification has been designed for anyone who has experience managing and operating SAP workloads. Ideally you’ll also have some exposure to the design and implementation of SAP workloads on AWS, including migrating these workloads from on-premises environments. Many exam questions will require a solutions architect level of knowledge for many AWS services, including Amazon RDS. All of the AWS Cloud concepts introduced in this course will be explained and reinforced from the ground up.


Snapshots in RDS are your backups of your database tables and instances, and these snapshots can then be exported out of Amazon RDS, to Amazon S3.  You might want to do this perform analysis of the data held within your database using more specific tools, for example, Amazon Athena, which is an interactive query service that allows you to perform analysis on data that you have stored in Amazon S3 using a standard SQL.  

You could also use other services, such as Amazon SageMaker and Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (EMR), however, the point is, the data can be exported from your RDS database to S3 for further in-depth analysis as required.

Also, during an export of a snapshot, you can decide, through filtering, to simply export specific databases, tables, or even schemas.

The cost associated with performing snapshot exports are again based on a region by region basis.  The example here shows the costs for the Ireland Region when using MySQL and is based upon a cost per GB of snapshot

For additional security and protection of your exported data, you can encrypt the data using the Key Management Service (KMS).  As a result, additional KMS costs would be incurred depending on the KMS key selected.  For more information on the Key Management Service, please see our existing course here:

Also, you will also be charged costs associated with Amazon S3 for the storage and your PUT requests.  For more information on how Amazon S3 costs are calculated, please see our existing course here:

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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

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