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Amazon Web Services Launches Amazon RDS for Oracle with Pay-As-You-Go Hourly Pricing
Businesses and developers can now run Oracle Database with the ease of use, pricing flexibility, and scalability of AWS starting at $0.16 per hour

SEATTLE, May 24, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), a subsidiary of, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced the immediate availability of Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for Oracle Database. Amazon RDS manages common database administration tasks, including provisioning, backups, software patching, monitoring, and hardware scaling. Customers can now take advantage of the managed database service to run Oracle Database 11g Release 2 under two different licensing models - "License Included" and "Bring-Your-Own-License (BYOL)." In the "License Included" service model, customers do not need separately purchased Oracle licenses; the Oracle Database software has been licensed by AWS. "License Included" pricing starts at $0.16 per hour, inclusive of software, underlying hardware resources, and Amazon RDS management capabilities. Under the "BYOL" model, customers who already own Oracle Database licenses can run Oracle deployments on Amazon RDS with rates starting at $0.11 per hour. The "BYOL" model is designed for customers who prefer to use existing Oracle database licenses or purchase new licenses directly from Oracle. To learn more and get started with Amazon RDS for Oracle, visit

Customers are able to take advantage of hourly pricing with no upfront fees or long-term commitments. In addition, customers have the option to purchase Reserved Database Instances under one or three year reservation terms. With Reserved Database Instances, customers can make a low, one-time, upfront payment for each Database Instance and then pay a significantly discounted hourly usage rate, achieving up to 48% net cost savings.

"At CA Technologies, we understand the benefits that cloud computing brings to the IT environment. The ability to leverage Amazon's flexible Oracle RDS licensing models can provide users with a convenient and economical way to move database workloads to the AWS cloud, while enabling engineering teams to place their focus on innovation," said Brian Poissant, Vice President of Engineering Services at CA Technologies.

Customers can also work with a broad set of AWS solution providers and system integrators to deploy Oracle databases on RDS.

"Many of our clients rely on Oracle Databases to power their applications. With Amazon RDS, they'll be able to offload time-consuming database administration tasks while benefitting from the elastic scalability and fast database provisioning enabled by the AWS cloud," said Mandhir Gidda, UK Technical Director, Razorfish. "The ability to leverage an existing investment in Oracle licenses when running on Amazon RDS makes transitioning workloads to the cloud convenient and economical. This is a game changer for our business and gives us the latitude for conversations with new and existing customers that could not have taken place previously."

"We've found that many of our customers currently run Oracle on premise and are interested in moving application workloads to the cloud. The management capabilities of Amazon RDS for Oracle make the service a natural destination, and we're excited to help interested customers make the transition," said John Waymire, Vice President Packaged Applications at Capgemini.

Oracle Database is now the second supported database engine for Amazon RDS, which already supports managed MySQL deployments. Developers can learn more about Amazon RDS for Oracle functionality and pricing, and launch a managed database deployment today in minutes by going to

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