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Amazon RDS for Oracle Database

Posted on 5.23.2011

Deploying and managing databases is complicated, time-consuming, and expensive – it’s of the most complex activities in IT and demand is high for those skilled and knowledgeable enough to get it working and keep it working. The complexity and cost can be magnified when working with more “robust” databases. That may be coming to a fast end.

Amazon announced the availability of Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service) for Oracle Database today, allowing database administrators to run multiple editions of Oracle Database (11g Release 2) via Amazon. Developers can now provision a pre-configured Oracle database and scale the underlying hardware through the AWS Management Console. Amazon RDS also manages time-consuming database administration tasks, including continuous backups, software patching, and exposing key operational metrics.

Amazon RDS for Oracle Database can be run under two different licensing models – with the license include or BYOL (Bring-Your-Own-License). The "License Included" pricing (No need for separately purchased Oracle licenses as the Oracle Database software has been licensed by AWS) starts at $0.16 per hour, inclusive of software, underlying hardware resources, and Amazon RDS management capabilities. This model currently supports Oracle Database Standard Edition One.

The Bring-Your-Own-License (BYOL) is for those who already own Oracle Database licenses. , you can use the "BYOL" model to run Oracle deployments can be run on Amazon RDS under the BYOL model with rates starting at $0.11 per hour. Developers and database administrators can run Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, and Standard Edition One Oracle Databases in the AWS cloud.

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