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Amazon RDS

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 management tasks, freeing you up to focus on your applications and business.

Amazon RDS gives you online access to the capabilities of a MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, or Amazon Aurora relational database management system. This means that the code, applications, and tools you already use today with your existing databases can be used with Amazon RDS. Amazon RDS automatically patches the database software and backs up your database, storing the backups for a user-defined retention period and enabling point-in-time recovery. You benefit from the flexibility of being able to scale the compute resources or storage capacity associated with your Database Instance (DB Instance) via a single API call.

Database Instances using Amazon RDS's MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, and PostgreSQL engines can be provisioned with General Purpose (SSD) Storage, Provisioned IOPS (SSD) Storage, or Magnetic Storage. Database Instances using the Amazon Aurora engine employ a fault-tolerant, self-healing SSD-backed virtualized storage layer purpose-built for database workloads.

Service Highlights

  • Simple to Deploy
    Amazon RDS makes it easy to go from project conception to deployment. Use the AWS Management Console or simple API calls to access the capabilities of a production-ready relational database in minutes without worrying about infrastructure provisioning or installing and maintaining database software.
  • Managed
    Amazon RDS handles time-consuming database management tasks, such as backups, patch management, and replication, allowing you to pursue higher value application development or database refinements.
  • Compatible
    With Amazon RDS, you get native access to a relational database management system. This facilitates compatibility with your existing tools and applications. In addition, Amazon RDS gives you optional control over which supported engine version powers your DB Instance via DB Engine Version Management.
  • Fast, Predictable Performance
    Database Instances using Amazon RDS's MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, and Oracle engines can be provisioned with General Purpose (SSD) Storage, Provisioned IOPS (SSD) Storage, or Magnetic Storage.
  • Scalable Database in the Cloud
    The Amazon Aurora database engine allows you to scale your storage up to 64TB. You can associate up to 15 Amazon Aurora Replicas with your database instance deployment. Amazon Aurora Replicas share the same underlying storage as the source instance, lowering costs and avoiding the need to copy data to the replica nodes.
  • Reliable
    Amazon RDS has multiple features that enhance reliability for critical production databases, including automated backups, DB snapshots, automatic host replacement, and Multi-AZ deployments. Amazon RDS runs on the same highly reliable infrastructure used by other Amazon Web Services.

Designed for use with other Amazon Web Services

  • Secure
    Amazon RDS allows you to run your DB Instances in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). Amazon VPC enables you to isolate your DB Instances by specifying the IP range you wish to use, and connect to your existing IT infrastructure through industry-standard encrypted IPsec VPN. To learn more about Amazon RDS in VPC, refer to the Amazon RDS User Guide.
  • On-Demand DB Instances
    On-Demand DB Instances let you pay for compute capacity by the hour with no long-term commitments. This frees you from the costs and complexities of planning, purchasing, and maintaining hardware and transforms what are commonly large fixed costs into much smaller variable costs.
  • Reserved DB Instances
    Reserved DB Instances give you the option to make a low, one-time payment for each DB Instance you want to reserve and in turn receive a significant discount on the hourly usage charge for that DB Instance. Depending on your usage, you can choose between three Reserved DB Instance types (Light, Medium, and Heavy Utilization) and receive anywhere between 30% and 55% of discount over On-Demand prices. To learn more, please visit our Reserved DB Instances page.

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