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Amazon Relational Database Service Launches in the EU Region

Amazon Web Services LLC, an Amazon.com company, (NASDAQ: AMZN), has launched the Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) in the EU. Amazon RDS provides cost-efficient and resizable database capacity in the cloud while automating time-consuming database administration tasks, freeing users to focus on their application and their business. Users can now launch Amazon RDS instances on servers located in the EU, achieving lower latency and even higher performance while operating closer to other AWS resources deployed in the EU Region such as Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3. Amazon RDS in the EU will also help European customers meet EU requirements for where their data is stored.

To get started using Amazon RDS, and other Amazon Web Services, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

“We have been very pleased with the customer response to Amazon RDS,” said Adam Selipsky, Vice President, Amazon Web Services. “It is one of the fastest-growing AWS services, attracting leading firms from industries such as technology, media, communications, and the public sector. Since the U.S. launch of Amazon RDS, we’ve been working hard to extend the same high quality, low cost service to customers who have told us they want to deploy in Europe. We’re pleased to announce the availability of Amazon RDS in the EU today.”

Amazon RDS is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. The service offers access to the full capabilities of a familiar MySQL database, meaning the code, applications, and tools used with existing MySQL databases work seamlessly with Amazon RDS, while also providing automatic back-ups and database software patching. Amazon RDS also makes it easy to scale the compute resources or storage capacity associated with a relational database instance via a single API call.

Axandra is a German based company creating website promotion tools. “We’re working on a new service that involves crawling the complete World Wide Web including billions of web pages, links and meta data. Only with the arrival of Amazon’s RDS were we able to handle these very large volumes of complex inter-related data at a fraction of the planned cost,” said Johannes Selbach, Managing Director of Axandra. “Amazon’s RDS provides on-the-fly maintenance, security and scalability and continues to be a huge cost and time saver for the development of our new product.”

 [April 15, 2010]


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