Amazon's Relational Database Service (RDS) Explained

Amazon RDS, basically MySQL in Amazon’s cloud, launched today. In the past, if you wanted to host MySQL databases in Amazon’s cloud, you’d have to get an Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and pair it with Elastic Block Storage (EBS), build and configure the Linux distro, etc. Now, it’s one thing. Werner Vogel explains:

Quite a few of our AWS customers are running relational databases, either because they require the specific relational functionality or because they are using software packages that have been designed with RDBMS as the database solution. These customers typically spend a significant amount of time in database management [but] the tremendous amount of work they have to do […] prevents that from focusing more on delivering value with their product. For these customers who require a relational database but do not have a need to exert complete administrative control over their database server, there is now another option: the Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS).

The cheapest offering costs about $80/month, incredibly affordable for those who want this kind of cloud redundancy and scalability.

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