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This lesson explores Amazon RDS Performance Insights, a performance monitoring and tuning feature that can quickly assess the load on a database hosted inside Amazon RDS and determine when and where to take action.

In this lesson, you will learn what the Performance Insights service is, how it provides meaningful information database load, how to use it, and the costs and security features of the service.

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Learning Objectives

  • Obtain a foundational understanding of Amazon RDS Performance Insights
  • Learn how Performance Insights measures database load and adds context to AAS (Average Active Sessions)
  • Learn how to use Performance Insights
  • Understand how to control access to Performance Insights
  • Understand the costs associated with using the service

Intended Audience

This lesson is intended for both new and experienced database administrators that need to assess, understand, and optimize the load that users and applications put on an RDS database.


To get the most out of this lesson, you should have a basic understanding of relational databases, have created at least one RDS database instance, and a working knowledge of the AWS cloud platform.

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AWS Certification Specialist
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Stephen is the AWS Certification Specialist at Cloud Academy. His content focuses heavily on topics related to certification on Amazon Web Services technologies. He loves teaching and believes that there are no shortcuts to certification but it is possible to find the right path and course of study.

Stephen has worked in IT for over 25 years in roles ranging from tech support to systems engineering. At one point, he taught computer network technology at a community college in Washington state.

Before coming to Cloud Academy, Stephen worked as a trainer and curriculum developer at AWS and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in cloud technologies.

In his spare time, Stephen enjoys reading, sudoku, gaming, and modern square dancing.

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