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Amazon Relational Database Service

Amazon Relational Database Service[1] or Amazon RDS is a distributed relational database service by It is a web service running "in the cloud" and provides a relational database for use in applications. It is aimed at simplifying the set up, operation, and scaling a relational database.[2] Complex administration processes like patching the database software, backing up databases and enabling point-in-time recovery are managed automatically.[3] Scaling storage and compute resources can be performed by a single API call. Amazon RDS was first released on 22 October 2009 supporting MySQL databases.[4][5] This was followed by Oracle Database in June 2011,[6] [7] Microsoft SQL Server in May 2012[8] and PostgreSQL in November 2013.[9]

On November 2014 AWS announced Amazon Aurora a Mysql-compatible database offering enhanced high availability and performance.[10]


  • Features 1
    • Multi AZ deployment 1.1
    • Read replicas 1.2
    • RDS Costs 1.3
  • Database instance types 2
  • Competitors and alternatives 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


A new DB instance can be launched from the AWS Management Console or using the Amazon RDS APIs.[11] Performance metrics are available using the AWS Management Console or Amazon CloudWatch API.

Amazon RDS offers different features to support different use cases. Some of the major features are:

Multi AZ deployment

Multi-Availability Zone deployments are targeted for production environments.[12] Multi-AZ deployments aim to provide enhanced availability and data durability for MySQL instances. When a database instance is created or modified to run as a Multi-AZ deployment, Amazon RDS automatically provisions and maintains a synchronous “standby” replica in a different Availability Zone[13] (independent infrastructure in a physically separate location). In the event of planned database maintenance or unplanned service disruption, Amazon RDS automatically fails over to the up-to-date standby, allowing database operations to resume without administrative intervention.

Multi-AZ RDS instances are optional and have a cost associated with them. When creating your RDS instance, the user is asked if they would like to use a Multi-AZ RDS instance.

Read replicas

Read Replicas use MySQL’s native, asynchronous replication functionality. Read Replicas are aimed at helping to scale out beyond the capacity constraints of a single DB Instance for read-heavy database workloads. They can also be used for serving read traffic when the primary database is unavailable.

RDS Costs

Amazon RDS instances are priced very similarly to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). RDS is charged per hour and come in two packages: On-Demand DB Instances and Reserved DB Instances.[14] On-Demand instances are at an ongoing hourly usage rate. Reserved DB Instances require an up-front, one-time fee and in turn provide a discount on the hourly usage charge for that instance.

Apart from the hourly cost of running the RDS instance, users are charged for the amount of storage provisioned, data transfers and Input and Output operations performed. AWS have introduced Provisioned Input and Output Operations, in which the user can define how many IO per second is required by their application. IPOS can contribute significant cost to the total cost of running the RDS instance.[15]

Database instance types

As of April 2014, Amazon RDS supports nine DB Instance Classes, to support different types of workloads:

Instance Type vCPU ECU Memory (GiB) EBS Optimized Network Performance
db.t1.micro 1 1 0.615 No Very Low
db.m3.medium 1 3 3.750 No Moderate
db.m3.large 2 6.5 7.500 No Moderate
db.m3.xlarge 4 13 15.000 500 Mbit/s High
db.m3.2xlarge 8 26 30.000 1000 Mbit/s High
db.m1.small 1 1 1.700 No Low
db.m1.medium 1 2 3.750 No Moderate
db.m1.large 2 4 7.500 500 Mbit/s Moderate
db.m1.xlarge 4 8 15.000 1000 Mbit/s High
db.m2.xlarge 2 6.5 17.100 No Moderate
db.m2.2xlarge 4 13 34.200 500 Mbit/s Moderate
db.m2.4xlarge 8 26 68.400 1000 Mbit/s High
db.cr1.8xlarge 32 88 244.000 No 10 GiB

Competitors and alternatives

Several other vendors provide cloud database services similar to Amazon RDS. Oracle offers Oracle Cloud,[17] a database service supporting Oracle's database technology. Microsoft offers Windows Azure SQL,[18] a service supporting the Microsoft SQL database. Competitors supporting MySQL include RackSpace Cloud Databases,[19] Google Cloud SQL, [20] HP Cloud for MySQL,[21] Xeround Cloud Database[22] and ClearDB.[23]


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  2. ^ MySQL in the cloud at Airbnb - Airbnb Engineering. (2010-11-15). Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
  3. ^ Amazon RDS, Introduced. (2010-01-01). Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
  4. ^ Release: Amazon Relational Database Service : Release Notes : Amazon Web Services. Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
  5. ^ Vogels, Werner. (2009-10-26) Expanding the Cloud: The Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). All Things Distributed. Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
  6. ^ "Oracle database available as a service on Amazon AWS (RDS)". 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  7. ^ "AWS Announces Relational Database Service For Oracle". Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  8. ^ Amazon Web Services Blog: Amazon RDS for SQL Server and .NET support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk. (2012-05-08). Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
  9. ^ Alex Williams (14 November 2013). "PostgreSQL Now Available On Amazon’s Relational Database Service". TechCrunch. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Amazon RDS APIs
  12. ^ Replication for Availability & Durability with MySQL and Amazon RDS: O'Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo 2011 - O'Reilly Conferences, April 11 - 14, 2011, Santa Clara, CA. Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
  13. ^ Availability Zone
  14. ^ Reserved DB Instances
  15. ^ "Pricing".  
  16. ^ "DB Instance Class".  
  17. ^ Frequently Asked Question, Oracle Cloud, Retrieved 31-12-2012
  18. ^ Data Management, Windows Azure, Retrieved 31-12-2012
  19. ^ Learn how Cloud Databases delivers faster performance, RackSpace, Retrieved 31-12-2012
  20. ^ About Google Cloud SQL, Google Developers, Retrieved 31-12-2012
  21. ^ HP Cloud Relational Database for MySQL – FAQ, HP Cloud, Retrieved 31-12-2012
  22. ^ FAQ – Xeround Cloud DBaaS, Xeround Cloud Database, Retrieved 31-12-2012
  23. ^ Frequently Asked Questions, ClearDB, Retrieved 31-12-2012

External links

  • Amazon Relational Database Service - official homepage
  • Getting Started with Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) on YouTube
  • RDS Provisioned IOPS: A Cost Analysis for High Performance Cloud Database
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