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.

Customers are already offering praise for the new service. In a release, David Tompkins, Sr. Computer Scientist at Adobe Systems, said admin tasks are "streamlined" and that scalability is "pain free." And Michael Lugassy, CEO at advertising optimizer Kehalim, says he's used RDS to extend metadata management of his customers.

Amazon has also lowered pricing for EC2 On-Demand instances with a 15 percent reduction for Linux instances, and introduced a new family of high-memory instances of EC2. These allow customers to choose CPU capacity, memory resources and networking for memory-intensive workloads.

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