Amazon Web Services helps to drive down costs of databases, storage and compute by providing relational and non-relational database services.  The database services AWS provides is cheaper, faster, and extremely scalable than options available previously.

You can also operate your own database in EC2 and EBS.  There are many options to choose from, depending on your specific needs.

Relational Databases

Relational databases are databases structured to recognize relations among stored items of information. AWS has Relational Database Service that supports 6 different types of databases:

  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • MySQL Server
  • PostgreSQL
  • Amazon Aurora
  • MariaDB

Amazon Aurora is MySQL and PostgreSQL compatible, as well as being substantially cheaper and faster than them.

Data Warehousing

Data warehousing is used for business intelligence to pull and analyze very large and complex data sets.

Amazon Redshift is a petabyte-scale data-warehouse service which provides fast query performance.

Non-Relational Databases (NoSQL)

These types store data without structured linking mechanisms (NoSQL).  This allows the database to hold exceptionally large amount of data.


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