Amazon Web Services Launches Database Scaling Feature

Seattle-based Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing arm of, said today that it has launched a service aimed at scaling databases hosted in its Amazon Relational Database Service. Amazon said it has launched "Read Replicas", a service which serves up multiple copies of a MySQL database instance, allowing developers to scale up their applications with multiple copies of a MySQL Database Instance. The firm said the feature will allow developers to meet the performance demands of high-traffic web applications. In addition to the Read Replicas feature, Amazon said it has also lowered its prices for High Memory Database Instances, due to a decrease in the firm's own costs for memory.


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