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Microsoft and FathomDB target clouds with RDBMS

There were two very interesting pieces of news to come out in the last week related to the availability of relational databases in the cloud. First, Justin Santa Barbara of start-up FathomDB announced that the company has released to beta testing a sort of virtual managed hosting service for “standard relational databases” running on Amazon.com’s Elatic Compute Cloud(EC2). There is a video of the afternoon’s pitches; FathomDB starts at about 49:30.

The second news: Microsoft’s SQL Data Services (SDS) development manager Nigel Ellis has promised attendees at next month’s Mix 09 conference will see “a great session about SQL Data Services, including how the service has evolved to provide rich relational-database capabilities.”

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