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Amazon brings MySQL to AWS, enhancing relational database offerings

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has just added support for a cloud-based MySQL database, called Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), giving developers an alternative to its own SimpleDB inside EC2. Also, the price of Linux EC2 instances will drop 15% as of November 1.

The company says this does not signify a change in direction for AWS but an increase in options available to developers. This may appeal to developers who would like a cloud-based MySQL database that is managed externally.

“In the database crowd there is no one-size-fits-all option,” Adam Selipsky, VP of AWS told “Some customers want to run something that’s not like MySQL but actually is MySQL.”

From Amazon’s release:

Amazon RDS provides a fully featured MySQL database, so the code, applications, and tools that developers use today with their existing MySQL databases work seamlessly with Amazon RDS. The service automatically handles common database administration tasks such as setup and provisioning, patch management, and backup – storing the backups for a user-defined retention period. Customers also have the flexibility to scale the compute and storage resources associated with their database instance through a simple API call.

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