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Amazon RDS Introductory course: running your database in the cloud


First steps on RDS
What is RDS
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What is RDS

Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service) is a Database as a Service solution that allows you to manage a DBMS like MySQL or PostgreSQL in a dedicated environment. All the database administration tasks are executed by Amazon allowing you to focus exclusively on scaling your database and choosing the right instance. Amazon RDS patches your DBMS software and provides all backups automatically, storing the backups for a user-defined retention period and enabling point-in-time recovery. As a service designed also to support already existing applications, you can control it via API to setup your database environment or increase instance capacity.

Amazon RDS supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and now their own Aurora DB. Scaling databases is one of the most difficult tasks for developers and system administrators, for this reason, learning how to use Amazon RDS could greatly simplify the way you manage your data into your web or mobile application.


Amazon RDS, the Relational Database Service. As the name could suggest it is a service that aims to offer a hosted and fully managed RDBMS solution.

On Amazon RDS, you can run MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server and Oracle Databases without having to take care of the infrastructure and its maintenance.

Amazon will do everything for you. Let's create an RDS instance. Just choose the database engine you need, select the desired instance type and allocated storage, fill the form with an administrative username and password, and you will be online in minutes. The only thing you will need to know, is the endpoint you have to use in your application to access your database instance. Security groups work in RDS just as they work on EC2. You can restrict access to an instance only to known subnets or other security groups, making your data set much more secure.

About the Author
Giorgio Bonfiglio
Cloud Evangelist

In the last years Giorgio spent much of his time on the design and deployment of platforms based on new technologies like NoSQL Databases (MongoDB, HBase, Cassandra), Software Defined Networking (OpenFlow, Open vSwitch), Virtualization (Xen, Linux KVM, VMware) and Cloud Computing (OpenStack, Eucalyptus). He has a very deep knowledge of Amazon Web Services (AWS), RackSpace Cloud and related services, and has worked with many other IaaS / PaaS platforms (Google Cloud, Heroku, AppFog etc.).