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Oracle Goes to Amazon

As usual, prices vary by computing power and memory

Oh my sainted aunt. Did the ground just shake?

Amazon has persuade the cloud-denying Oracle to rent its database out on-demand as part of its AWS Relational Database Service (RDS), whose only other alternative is Oracle's little-loved red-headed stepchild MySQL.

RDS manages common database administration tasks like provisioning, backups, patching, monitoring and hardware scaling and now customers can license Oracle Database 11g Release 2 through Amazon or bring their own license.

The hitch is that only the feature-shy two-socket Oracle Standard Edition One can be had from Amazon under what it calls the "License Included" model. Oracle's Standard Edition and sacred Enterprise Edition are strictly "Bring Your Own License" and mean either having a license already or getting one direct from Oracle.

Oracle lists Standard Edition licenses for $17,500 and Enterprise Edition licenses for $47,500 before adding any bells and whistles and apparently Oracle means to have all the money.

Unimpressed, Curt Monash of Monash Research pretty much dismisses the whole idea out of hand, saying that the stuff isn't for production use.

Oracle is "on-premises software," he wrote in a blog. "Oracle is hard enough to manage when it's on your premises, with a known hardware configuration; who would want to try to manage a production instance of Oracle in the cloud?"

He's not too fond of the Standard Edition One wrinkle either.

Anyway for those game enough to try, pricing under the "License Included" model starts at 16 cents an hour for a small instance running up to $3.96 for a quadruple extra large. It includes the software, underlying hardware resources and Amazon's RDS management capabilities, which will soon include replication.

Under the "BYOL" model, customers can run Oracle deployments on RDS for rates starting at 11 cents an hour up to$2.96 although prices outside the US run a bit higher.

As usual, prices vary by computing power and memory. And as usual there are the additional storage and data transfer fees.

Customers can also buy Reserved Database Instances for one or three years and the cost of a one-time, upfront fee for each Database Instance. The scheme promises them discounted hourly usage rates said to fetch up to 38% or 48% net cost savings. The fees run $345-$12,600 depending on the size of instance and the term of the deal at least in the US.

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

See http://aws.amazon.com/rds/oracle. For Monash's reservations see www.dbms2.com/2011/05/24/quick-thoughts-on-oracle-on-amazon/.

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