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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

20 responses to “Amazon Releases Relational Database As A Service – My Initial Thoughts”

  1. jamesurquhart


    Any pressure from customers for Ruby on Rails platform support? I.e. is Heroku risking the same world of hurt, or is their business significantly different from where AWS would want to go?


  2. Krish

    True. Heroku faces the same risk too.

  3. Subrak

    Seems like Amazon is going after the developers to offer end-to-end stack. My bet is that the next one to fall will be middleware. While Sun, VMware paid big $$$ to acquire MySQL, SpringSource, Amazon can simply package it with API, offer it as *aaS and make it palatable for developers who are under constant pressure to deliver on new projects.. Ahh.. got to love the GPL license where *aaS gets a free ride 😉 Hope to see Amazon contribute back to the OSS community in some ways!

  4. AlainYap

    Seems like natural progression for Amazon as user clamor is looking for one-stop packages.

    It may take a while but Amazon’s slowly creeping towards Paas territory.


  5. BS

    Backup vendors will be collateral damage here. Who needs backup software now?

  6. Matt Jones

    Not sure why anybody is surprised by this – even before the announcement, you could set up a nearly identical system using EC2, S3 and EBS. The pricing would even be similar; all that would have been missing was some of the UI bits.

    The lesson cloud vendors should take from this is that if you’re not running your own cloud and you’re doing something fairly standard systems-wise, you’re likely to lose. A startup like FathomDB can still work, but it’s going to be competing on the “frilly” features like performance monitoring.

    Similarly, I doubt that Amazon will offer much competition to Heroku, as the major win with Heroku is more in API and user interface. It’s also targeted at a much smaller scale.

  7. YoGabba

    Anyone building their business model on top of an online book store that got confused and became the Swiss army knife of retail companies, then got lost again and is trying to become a cloud service provider outta loose their shirt.

  8. Prabhat Jha

    Kind of related: How to configure GateIn portal with Amazon RDS