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About Relational Database Service (RDS) Instances

What is Relational Database Service (RDS)?

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a web service that that allows you to quickly create a relational database instance in the cloud.  Amazon RDS manages the database instance on your behalf by performing backups, handling failover, and maintaining the database software.  Amazon RDS is currently in Beta.

RightScale supports Amazon RDS as part of our overall management platform.  Customers can choose to either use Amazon RDS (MySQL or Oracle) or our own MySQL solution.  Amazon RDS is supported in all Amazon regions.  Before you can use Amazon RDS, you will need to sign-up for the service.  Support for RDS is available in the Dashboard.

What are Read Replicas?

For read-heavy applications, you can launch Read Replicas which are RDS instances that serve as copies of the source "master" database for handling read-requests.  You can attach up to five (5) Read Replicas to a source DB instance.

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