October 27, 2009 -- Amazon Web Services (AWS) today introduced Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), a new Web service for building and scaling relational databases in the cloud. Amazon also announced lower pricing for the company's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and a new line of high memory services.

As with other AWS products, Amazon RDS does not involve setup fees or upfront investments and resources are charged based on consumption. Adam Selipsky, VP at AWS, said customers have been requesting relational database services to augment the company's SimpleDB products. Amazon RDS runs on a full version of MySQL with admin, setup, provisioning, patch management and backup features.

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