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AWS Management Console Now Supports Relational Database Service

Explore the Capabilities of MySQL with Amazon RDS

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a web service that makes it easier to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient, resizable capacity for an industry-standard relational database and manages common database administration tasks.

Amazon RDS gives you access to the full capabilities of a familiar MySQL database. This means the code, applications, and tools you already use today with your existing MySQL databases work seamlessly with Amazon RDS. Amazon RDS automatically patches the database software and backs up your database, storing the backups for a user-defined retention period.

Starting today, there is a new tab in the AWS Management Console for the Amazon Relational Database Service.

You can now easily create, manage, and scale DB Instances:

You can also view the Amazon CloudWatch metrics for each of your instances:

For those unfamiliar with Amazon RDS here are a few service highlights:

Simple to Deploy – Amazon RDS makes it easy to go from project conception to deployment. Use the AWSManagement Console or simple API calls to access the capabilities of a production-ready relational database without worrying about infrastructure provisioning or installing and maintaining database software.

Managed – Amazon RDS handles generic, time-consuming database management tasks, such as patch management and backup, which allows you to pursue higher value application development or database refinements.

Compatible – With Amazon RDS, you get full native access to a MySQL database. This means Amazon RDS works with your existing tools, applications, and drivers. You can port an existing database to Amazon RDS without changing a line of code – just point your tools or applications at your Amazon RDS DB Instance and you are ready to go.

Scalable – With a simple API call or few clicks of the AWS Management Console you can scale the compute and storage resources available to your database to meet your business needs and application load.

Reliable – Amazon RDS has multiple features that enhance reliability for critical production databases, including automated backups, DB snapshots, and Multi-AZ deployments. Amazon RDS runs on the same highly reliable infrastructure used by other Amazon Web Services.

Designed for use with other Amazon Web Services – Amazon RDS is tightly integrated with other Amazon Web Services. For example, an application running in Amazon EC2 will experience low-latency database access to an Amazon RDS DB Instance in the same region.

Secure – Amazon RDS provides web service interfaces to configure firewall settings that control network access to your database.

Inexpensive – You pay very low rates and only for the resources you actually consume. There are no long-term contracts or up-front commitments to use Amazon RDS.

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Alin Irimie is a software engineer - architect, designer, and developer with over 10 years experience in various languages and technologies. Currently he is Messaging Security Manager at Sunbelt Software, a security company. He is also the CTO of RADSense Software, a software consulting company. He has expertise in Microsoft technologies such as .NET Framework, ASP.NET, AJAX, SQL Server, C#, C++, Ruby On Rails, Cloud computing (Amazon and Windows Azure),and he also blogs about cloud technologies here.