Amazon has opened a public beta for SimpleDB, its online database service. Users will have access to a free tier of usage for at least the next six months.
Amazon Web Services has started a public beta of online database service
Amazon SimpleDB, and is offering customers a free tier of usage for at least
the next six months.
Under the beta, Amazon SimpleDB users will receive 25 machine hours, 1GB of
data transfer in and out, and 1GB of storage for free. The price of
additional storage has been reduced to 25 cents per gigabyte per month.
Amazon SimpleDB provides the core database functions of indexing
and querying. The service automatically indexes data, requires no schema and
provides APIs for storage and access. The service, which had been in
private beta testing for about a year, integrates with other AWS (Amazon Web
Services) such as Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2 to provide the infrastructure
for Web-scale applications.
"Traditional clustered relational databases often require a sizeable
upfront investment and complex design," said Matt Domo, general manager of
Amazon SimpleDB, in a statement. "Our customers have asked us for a simple,
scalable, reliable and low latency alternative. Amazon SimpleDB eliminates
complexity so that developers and businesses can focus on optimizing
applications and not administering their database. We're pleased that we can
now make the service available broadly and also pass along the cost savings
Customers can also sign up for AWS Premium Support for
Amazon SimpleDB. To get started using Amazon SimpleDB and other Amazon Web
Services, go to http://aws.amazon.com.