Amazon RDS enters into general availability

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The Amazon cloud database, or Relational Database Service, is now generally available, according to a new blog entry on the Amazon Web Services blog. Amazon RDS currently supports three major database engines, namely MySQL, Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) and My SQL Server. It will now be offered with a service level agreement of 99.95 percent to help convince businesses that may still be on the fence.

Increasing pressure from competing cloud services, such as Windows Azure and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Compute Engine, could also be an additional factor for Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN). The terms of the SLA for Amazon RDS can be accessed here.

"Amazon RDS is now being used in mission-critical deployments by tens of thousands of businesses of all sizes. We now process trillions of I/O requests each month for these customers," wrote Amazon evangelist Jeff Barr in the blog. "We're seeing strong adoption in enterprises such as Samsung and Unilever, web-scale applications like Flipboard and Airbnb, and large-scale organizations like NASA JPL and Obama for America."

Though having an SLA may set the minds of senior executives at ease, businesses would do well to remember an SLA's limited practical value when it comes to making sure mission critical workloads don't fail.

For one, the uptime promise of 99.95 percent does translate into a relatively large 22 minutes of downtime per database instance per month, which could result in tangible losses during crucial sales periods such as Christmas and Cyber Monday, for example. In addition, an outage that exceeds the SLA will only result in service credits being issued, which is unlikely to even cover the loss suffered.

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