Amazon RDS Human or Droid

I am not sure how much support this actually entails to call it managed database services since the most delicate DBA operations are not with the exception of backups and their liability are primarily performance based and tuning.

Overall this is a very compelling product as opposed to the actual implementation of a living human being to manage a database where as a DBA your primary role is keep it running and make sure its backed up.

Only question is what happens if I like that human being and who can I call whom really knows my database once its up and running, the personal white glove services is always nice.

Once again going back and forth I am still with this as a next step in enterprise automated solutions for a cloud service.

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Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) (beta)

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity while managing time-consuming database administration tasks, freeing you up to focus on your applications and business.

Amazon RDS gives you access to the full capabilities of a familiar MySQL database. This means the code, applications, and tools you already use today with your existing MySQL databases work seamlessly with Amazon RDS. Amazon RDS automatically patches the database software and backs up your database, storing the backups for a user-defined retention period. You benefit from the flexibility of being able to scale the compute resources or storage capacity associated with your relational database instance via a single API call. In addition, Amazon RDS allows you to easily deploy your database instance across multiple Availability Zones to achieve enhanced availability and reliability for critical production deployments. As with all Amazon Web Services, there are no up-front investments required, and you pay only for the resources you use.

  • Automated Backups – Turned on by default, the automated backup feature of Amazon RDS enables point-in-time recovery for your DB Instance. Amazon RDS will backup your database and transaction logs and store both for a user-specified retention period. This allows you to restore your DB Instance to any second during your retention period, up to the last five minutes. Your automatic backup retention period can be configured to up to eight days.
  • DB Snapshots – DB Snapshots are user-initiated backups of your DB Instance. These full database backups will be stored by Amazon RDS until you explicitly delete them. You can create a new DB Instance from a DB Snapshot whenever you desire.
  • Multi-AZ Deployments – A deployment option for your DB Instance that provides enhanced availability and data durability by automatically replicating database updates between multiple Availability Zones. Availability Zones are physically separate locations with independent infrastructure engineered to be insulated from failure in other Availability Zones. When you create or modify your DB Instance to run as a Multi-AZ deployment, Amazon RDS will automatically provision and maintain a synchronous “standby” replica in a different Availability Zone. In the event of planned database maintenance or unplanned service disruption, Amazon RDS will automatically failover to the up-to-date standby so that database operations can resume quickly without administrative intervention. The increased availability and fault tolerance offered by Multi-AZ deployments are well suited to critical production environments. DB Instances can be converted to and from Multi-AZ deployments with a single API call or few clicks of the AWS Management Console. Click here for DB Instance pricing when running as a Multi-AZ deployment. To learn more about Multi-AZ deployments, visit our FAQs.




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