A new managed services for Windows developers called "Amazon Relational Database Services" (Amazon RDS) for Microsoft SQL Server and ASP.NET support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk launches today.
"Businesses can now take advantage of the managed database and application services to deploy, manage and scale SQL Server databases and ASP.NET applications using familiar Microsoft tools. Amazon RDS currently supports SQL Server 2008 R2 and plans to add support for SQL Server 2012 later this year," Amazon wrote.
"Deploying and managing databases is one of the most complex, time-consuming, and expensive activities in IT. Amazon RDS removes this complexity and makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database by managing database administration tasks such as software installation and patching, monitoring, and back-ups for disaster recovery," explains Amazon.
Amazon RDS supports Express, Web, Standard and Enterprise Editions of SQL Server.
New customers can get started with Amazon RDS for SQL Server with a Free Usage Tier, which includes 750 hours per month of Amazon RDS micro instances with SQL Server Express Edition, 20GB of database storage and 10 million I/O requests per month.
After the Free Usage Tier, customers can run Amazon RDS for SQL Server under two different licensing models - "License Included" (pricing starts at $0.035/hour and is inclusive of SQL Server software, hardware, and Amazon RDS management capabilities); and "Microsoft License Mobility" program that allows customers who already own SQL Server licenses to run SQL Server deployments on Amazon RDS. This benefit is available to Microsoft Volume Licensing customers with SQL Server licenses covered by active Microsoft Software Assurance contracts.