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New Cloud Computing Service from Amazon
October 27, 2009 at 12:11 pm #83863
From the Amazon Web Services (AWS) blog
We are always looking for ways to make it faster, simpler, and more fun to develop applications of all types. Every hour that you don't spend fiddling with hardware, tracing cables, installing operating systems or managing databases is an hour that you can spend on the unique and value-added aspects of your application.
Today I'd like to tell you about our newest service, the Amazon Relational Database Service, or Amazon RDS for short. Now in beta, RDS makes it easier for you to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. You get direct database access without worrying about infrastructure provisioning, software maintenance, or common database management tasks.
Using the RDS APIs or the command-line tools, you can access the full capabilities of a complete, self-contained MySQL 5.1 database instance in a matter of minutes. You can scale the processing power and storage space as needed with a single API call and you can initiate fully consistent database snapshots at any time.
Much of what you already know about building applications with MySQL will still apply. Your code and your queries will work as expected; you can even import a dump file produced by mysqldump to get started.
Amazon RDS is really easy to use. I'll illustrate the most important steps using the command-line tools, but keep in mind that you can also do everything shown here using the APIs.
The first step is to create a database instance. Here's how to create a database named mydb with room for up to 20 GB of data:
October 27, 2009 at 12:14 pm #83865
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Amazon Launch Hosted MySQL Database Cloud Service
by Nik Cubrilovic on October 26, 2009
Amazon has launched a hosted relational database service, Amazon RDS, as part of the suite of services available at AWS. The new service is a hosted MySQL database instance with the full capabilities and access rights as a normal self-hosted DB. As a hosted solution, instances are easily created and available almost immediately. Pricing stars at $0.11c per hour for the smallest scale specification, and is available now on the AWS site.
Unlike completely elastic hosted DB services, which abstract a large-scale cluster into a shared environment for customers, the Amazon model is to step up or down through tiers of service based on requirements. The tiers of service (with names that seem to be inspired by a fast food restaurant menu) and pricing are:
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