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Amazon Scales MySQL for Heavy Traffic

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added Read Replicas to its Relational Database Service (RDS) to make it easier to scale MySQL

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added Read Replicas to its Relational Database Service (RDS) to make it easier to scale MySQL deployments to meet the performance demands of high-traffic web applications.

Read Replicas lets users create one or more copies of a MySQL Database Instance and an application serve read traffic from the multiple replicas. They can create or delete replicas in minutes using the point-and-click interface of the AWS Management Console.

Amazon says Read Replicas can be made to another Availability Zone as a disaster-ready failover measure under its Multi-AZ deployments program.

Once a Read Replica is created, any subsequent updates to the source will automatically be replicated in the Read Replica. And Read Replicas can be elastically added to any RDS database deployment to keep query response times fast, even as request volumes scale.

Amazon figures it now offers advantages in scalability, multi-data center availability, elasticity and administration at a fraction of the cost of operating MySQL servers on-premise.

Sony Computer Entertainment America says it ran benchmarks comparing Amazon RDS to its hand-tuned MySQL instances and found RDS performed significantly better.

Amazon RDS has also lowered prices for High Memory Database Instances. The prices for 68GB Quadruple Extra Large Database Instances and 34GB Double Extra Large Database Instances have dropped ~15%.

See http://aws.amazon.com/rds/.

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