Amazon offers MySQL database on demand

By Rosalie Marshall on Oct 28, 2009 5:51 AM
Filed under Communications

Firm expands cloud offerings with relational database service.

Amazon has added to its cloud storage offerings with a Relational Database Service (RDS).

Amazon RDS is still in beta, but has been described by commentators as more sophisticated than the firm's other database offering, SimpleDB.

Amazon RDS is based on Sun Microsystems' flagship MySQL open-source software, and will offer customers the same capabilities as MySQL but in a cloud environment, the firm said.

"You get direct database access without worrying about infrastructure provisioning, software maintenance or common database management tasks," Amazon said in a blog post.

"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."

Customers will be able to specify how much server memory they need depending on the size of the database they want to run. They can choose from five different classes of server, and will pay a corresponding hourly rate, as with Amazon cloud services.

An additional charge of US$0.10 cents per gigabyte per month applies for provisioned storage and US$0.10 cents for every million I/O requests.

Amazon said that the service will allow businesses to set up a separate database instance for each developer on a project without making a big investment in hardware.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Copyright ©


Amazon offers MySQL database on demand
Top Stories
CSC to acquire UXC for $428 million
Blockbuster deal for two channel firms with varying fortunes.
Optus reseller Yatango Mobile Australia hits the wall
Under administration, though business continuing to trade.
TechOne reveals another $10 million buyout
Third software company acquisition in nine months.
Sign up to receive CRN email bulletins
Has consolidation gone too far in the telco/ISP industry?

Latest Comments
CRN Magazine

Issue: 342 | September 2015

CRN Magazine looks in-depth at the emerging issues and developments for the channel, and provides insight, analysis and strategic information to help resellers better run their businesses.