Adding to the popularity of its Relational Database Service (RDS) with MySQL, Amazon Web Services will soon add support for Oracle databases under RDS.
Amazon Web Services
has announced that it
plans to make Oracle Database 11g available via the Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon
, during the second quarter of 2011.
RDS is a Web service that makes it easier to set up, operate and scale a
relational database in the cloud. In a press release on the news, AWS said
Amazon RDS for Oracle will include flexible pricing options for
customers. Those with existing Oracle licenses will be able to run Oracle Databases
on Amazon RDS with no additional software licensing or support charges. Those
without existing Oracle licenses can take advantage of on-demand hourly
licensing with no upfront fees or long-term commitments.
plans to offer a variety of licensing options for running the Oracle Database
on Amazon RDS, including:
- "Bring Your Own License" (BYOL)-Customers
with existing Oracle Database licenses can apply them to run Oracle Databases
on Amazon RDS with no additional software licensing or support charges.
- On-Demand Database Instances (DB
Instances)-This pay-by-the-hour licensing option requires no pre-existing
licenses, upfront fees or long-term commitments to run Oracle Databases on
Amazon RDS. Customers pay a simple, hourly rate per RDS Database Instance
running Oracle Database 11g. The hourly rate depends upon the Oracle
Database edition and DB Instance size option selected.
- Reserved DB Instances-Reserved
DB Instances allow customers to make a low, one-time payment for each DB
Instance and in turn receive the option to run that DB Instance at a
significant discount on the ongoing hourly usage charge. Both one-year and
three-year reservation terms will be available.
RDS already supports MySQL. With support for the Oracle Database engine,
Amazon RDS will streamline database administration for multiple editions of
Oracle Database 11g Release 2, freeing up developers to spend more time on the
differentiating parts of their applications rather than the muck of maintaining
and scaling their database infrastructure.
were really excited when we launched Amazon RDS for MySQL because it allowed
them to run familiar MySQL databases while offloading operational
responsibilities and capital costs associated with physical servers and
datacenters," said Raju Gulabani, vice president of database services at
Amazon Web Services. "Enterprises have asked when we'd offer the same
functionality for Oracle Databases. We're pleased to share that we're not only
releasing it soon, but also that we're ready to have conversations with
interested customers so they can plan for future deployments."
RDS reduces the amount of time required to provision a relational database, as
well as the underlying infrastructure hardware and software, from days to just
minutes, AWS officials said. It also manages ongoing maintenance tasks
such as updating database software, taking continuous database backups for
point-in-time recovery, and exposing key operational metrics via a Web
dashboard. In addition, businesses can scale the compute and storage
capacity associated with a database in minutes-with a few clicks, the company
continues to be a pioneer in cloud computing, and we've worked closely together
to make sure that the power of the Oracle portfolio is available to customers
who want to run them in the AWS cloud," said Mark Townsend, vice president
of Oracle Database Server Technologies, in a statement. "With more
and more Oracle Database users interested in running on AWS, we are working
with AWS to make sure the ease of fulfillment and platform agility of Amazon
RDS is available for the Oracle Database."
support for Oracle Database will be available from Oracle for BYOL DB
Instances, and from AWS with backline support from Oracle for On-Demand and
Reserved DB Instances. Developers can learn more about Amazon RDS and how it
offloads much of the operational work associated with maintaining relational
databases by going to http://aws.amazon.com/rds
Also, businesses and developers can visit http://aws.amazon.com/rds/oracle
learn more, sign up to be notified when the service is available, and request a
briefing from an AWS associate.