Amazon AWS Unveils Plans to Add Oracle 11g to Cloud Hosting Services

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 Cloud services provider Amazon Web Services (aws.amazon.com) announced on Tuesday its plans to add the Oracle 11g database to its web hosting services this year. The company says this addition will enable users “to perform relational tasks and development work on an on-demand hourly basis.”

The company plans to launch the database in the second quarter of 2011, but for now has published an Amazon Relational Database Services running Oracle Database web page to educate potential users about the service. The website also enables those interested to sign up to be notified when the service goes live.

“Customers were really excited when we launched Amazon RDS for MySQL because it allowed them to run familiar MySQL databases while offloading the operational responsibilities and capital costs associated with physical servers and datacentres,” Raju Gulabani, vice president of database services at AWS said in a statement.

“Enterprises asked when we will offer the same functionality for Oracle databases. We are pleased to share that we are not only releasing it soon, but are ready to have conversations with interested customers so they can plan for future deployments.”

AWS says it will manage ongoing maintenance and provide a dashboard view of operations to enable enterprises to scale their computing and storage capabilities.

While it currently offers the MySQL database, AWS says Oracle 11g will give developers more time to spend on applications over maintaing and scaling systems and allow IT teams to streamline database administration.

With various licensing options available, AWS allows Bring Your Own Licence and those without licences can take the services on a pay-by-the-hour basis. 

AWS says customers could take a reserved database instance to save costs. This method allows a one-time payment is offered at a significant discount to its other hourly plans.

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